Local composer’s work to be featured in national bulletin

Eleven pieces of work composed by Dr. Al Benner, senior lecturer of instrumentals, theory and composition, and chair of the Department of Arts at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), will be featured by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

The original compositions and pieces will be released in the upcoming competition bulletin for the years 2020-2024.

The eleven pieces are:
Through the Hymnal for piano duet
Mary and Her Little Lamb for piano duet
Idyll for horn and piano
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr.) for organ
How Sweet the Sound – Variations on Amazing Grace for organ
Dancin’ on the County Line for string bass and piano
Daydreaming (from Family Matters) for violin trio
Music to Hear for voice and piano
There You Go for voice and piano
The Request for voice and piano
In My Father’s Arms for voice and piano

Every three years, composers and publishers submit scores for consideration for the approved repertoire list used in the competitions that take place throughout the United States. As a piece is selected, it goes into the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) bulletin, which is distributed to every NFMC member. Those pieces are then used for the annual local and state competitions for a three-year period.

Since its founding in 1898, the National Federation of Music Clubs has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with clubs and individual members of all ages. It is chartered by the Congress of the United States and is the only music organization that is a member of the United Nations.

NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide.

Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors and music lovers of all ages.