Juliet Jaques competes in the Wendell Irish Viola Competition


Juliet Jaques, daughter of Dana Jacques, is the winner of the 2017 Wendell Irish Viola Competition for Pennsylvania administered by the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC).

Jacques subsequently auditioned for the NFMC northeastern regional level of the competition and received a monetary award for being a regional finalist.

The Wendell Irish annual competition was established by Barbara and Wilmot Irish in memory of their son , a viola student who died at an early age.

Jaques, a viola student studying with Dr. Kenneth Starch, is a junior at Williamsport Area High School where she is a member of the Strolling Strings. She has been taking instrumental lessons for eight years. Jacques also enjoys painting.

Kristin Ivers, president of the Williamsport Music Club, facilitated the application process for Jaques. Ivers would like student musicians in the area to be more aware of the many opportunities available to them through local, state and national groups.

The NFMC is a non-profit organization dedicated to music education and the promotion of the creative and performing arts. Both the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs (pfmc-music.org) and the NFMC (nfmc-music.org) offer many competitive awards. Complete information about these opportunities is available on their websites.

In 2018, the Williamsport Music Club will announce auditions for its annual $1,500 scholarship available to high school seniors wishing to continue their musical studies at the college level. For more information about this scholarship, contact Jane Landon at 570-433-3476.