Welcome to the Chopin Club

President's Message

Welcome to the 135rd season of the Chopin Club.  It is a testament to the club, the community, and particularly to its loyal and dedicated members, that we continue our mission as the second oldest organization of its kind in the United States. 

Our mission is twofold.  Every year, we engage the musical talents of our state to join together with their colleagues in the performance of interesting and diverse programs at our beautiful home, the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion.  We are, indeed, very fortunate to be able to perform in such an attractive salon, perfectly designed for solo and chamber music.  With the help of our numerous active member volunteers and guest artists, we present monthly Musicales of high quality ----free to the public.  A Tea Reception follows each concert.

New adult memberships are always encouraged and welcome. One may become a new member at any time during the season.  We have two categories: Active and Associate, whose descriptions are outlined elsewhere. As you attend our programs in 2013-14, we also encourage you to consider making a donation to help defray the costs of producing the free Musicales and Tea Receptions. Every season, our costs escalate, be they rental, publicity, piano maintenance, refreshments, and the like. As a registered not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, your donations are fully tax-deductible and much appreciated. 

Secondly, we are committed to assisting young, talented musicians with scholarships.  Among our many scholarships is the generous endowment from the Sarah and Harold Libby Scholarship Fund of the Chopin Club which provides funding for a scholarship to a college or graduate student in music. Also, the Scholarship Committee awards annual grants to a graduating high school senior pursuing musical studies in college. Information on this and our other activities are available on our web site: www.chopinclub.org

We are very proud of our student musicians who pursue careers in music. We encourage young musicians to join either of our two clubs: the Student Musicians Club for high school students and the Chopin Young Musicians Club, serving grades 2-8.  Both clubs offer students the opportunity to perform monthly in our lovely salon in the Music Mansion.   These programs are open to the public.  For further information, I refer you to the back page of the Handbook. 

I look forward to seeing you at our programs, which take place from October –May, Sundays at 2 pm. Visit our web site throughout the season for up-to-date news on all of our events and activities. 

My thanks to all of you who give generously of your time, talent, and for your ongoing financial support of the Chopin Club.  


Barbara Speer

August 27, 2013

Barbara Speer, President

Frédéric Chopin
Born:  1 March 1810, Zelazowa Wola (Poland)
Died:  17 October 1849, Paris (France)

“A man of exquisite heart and... mind” – Delacroix

"He did not need either to astonish or to overwhelm…he sought for delicate sympathy rather than for noisy enthusiasm." - Liszt