2017 Rhythm & Muse Gala


Our annual Rhythm & Muse Guild Gala is going to be another grand event due to the many Guild members who are working hard on its success. The Gala has been moved to the beautiful East Room of the Country Club of Birmingham and will have a glamorous, more formal flair this year, with black tie optional. The Sounds of Music is our theme, and Martha Ann Doyal and her talented Decorations Committee will transform the room into a magical, musical space.

Kim Strickland, our Scholarship Audition Co-Chair, has chosen our honoree, William Taylor Davis, clarinet (2014 2nd place Winner-Stuart Mims Scholarship, Instrumental Category). William will be a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Music Education.
The evening will include a performance from William, an exciting Silent Auction and dancing to the music of Ray Reach and his band. A beautiful display of delicious small plate selections will be scattered about the room for our enjoyment. Anne Lamkin has done a marvelous job choosing the menu and working with the special events staff at the Club.

More than 40 Silent Auction items will be available for sale to the highest bidder. We have a great selection of items that will spark fierce competitive bidding so be sure to bring your checkbook or credit card. If you would like to contribute to the Silent Auction, please call or contact Marsha Drennen at 612-8544 or mwdrennen@aol.com.
Tickets to the event are $125 per person, $250 per couple, $500 for a Patron’s Couple and $1,000 for a table of 8. Invitations will be mailed after the holidays. Extra invitations will be available at the January meeting for those inviting guests. Table Captain lists are also being accepted at this time.

So please make plans to join us for the major fundraiser of the year on January 21st! See you there!

Program Agenda

6pm – 6:45pm Patron’s Party

6:45pm – 8:15pm Cocktail Dinner & Reception & Silent Auction

8:15pm – 8:35pm Silent Auction Tables will close one every 5 minutes until all 4 are closed. An announcement will be made at each interval.

8:35pm – 9:05pm Guest Performance

9:05pm – 9:30pm Announcements of the winners

9:30pm – 10pm Dancing, socializing, payment processing

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $125 per person, $250 per couple, $500 for a Patron’s Couple and $1,000 for a table of 8.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Judy Anderson at wittichen51@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit the Birmingham Music Club Guild Scholarship Fund and the Birmingham Music Club Concert Series.

Silent Auction Items


Scholarship Winners Perform for BMC Guild Luncheon

2016 1st Place Scholarship Winners

1st Place Scholarship Winners L to R
Lauren Williams, pianist, Rachel Pickering, Soprano, and Lindsay South, violinist

The talented first-place scholarship winners of the Birmingham Music Club (BMC) Guild’s 2016 competition gave virtuoso performances for the Guild’s annual spring luncheon-meeting at Mountain Brook Club. The April 8 event drew an enthusiastic group of Guild members and guests in the club’s sunroom. The décor was impressive with palms, ferns and a variety of plants massed against the walls of the room. Moss swags embellished with miniature white lights hung overhead.  Luncheon tables were centered with square glass containers filled with moss and holding colorful spring plants.

Ellen Tucker and Susan Boston chaired the luncheon. Mountain Brook Club hosts were Beth and Scott Adams.  Guild President Marsha Drennen welcomed attendees, and Angie Holder gave the invocation.  Incoming Guild President Linda Griggs presided at a brief business meeting.

Scholarship Chairman, Elaine Clark, introduced the three first-place competition winners, who then performed. Violinist Lindsey South gave a breathtaking rendition of “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. A University of Alabama student, she was accompanied on the piano by Lauren Williams and holds the Stuart Mims Instrumental Scholarship.

Soprano Rachel Pickering, a University of Montevallo student, gave a superb performance of Charles Gounod’s “Ah! Jeveux Vivre from Romeo and Juliette.” Accompanied by Dr. Lynn Faulkner, Pickering holds the Penelope Cunningham Voice Scholarship.

Pianist Lauren Ashley Williams holds the Mildred Volentine Green Piano Scholarship and won the competition’s Walter Sechriest Best Performance Award. A University of Alabama student, she gave a brilliant performance of Frederick Chopin’s “Scherzo No.2, B-flat minor, Opus 31.”

Second-place scholarship winners were Miles Jenkins, voice, a University of Montevallo student who holds the Dr. Oscar and Ellen Dahlene Scholarship, and University of Alabama students David Mach, piano; Madeline Cawley, flute; and Juneho Joshua Kim, cello.

Among guests attending the event were BMC Board President Wyatt Haskell, Susan Haskell, and BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages. Others on the scene were Liz Alosi, Beth Adams, Charlann Anderson, Dot Anderson, Judy Anderson, Roberta Atkinson, Diane Beck, Sally Bergquist, Susan Boston, Jeanne Bradford, Anne Carey, Cheree Carlton, Cheryl Caselbere, Elaine Clark, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Linda Cooper, Audrey Cornutt, Lesley DeRamus, Martha Ann Doyal, Marsha Drennen, Jane Ellis, Marjorie Forney, Diane Gay, Janine Goode, Pat Grant, Linda Griggs, and Virginia Guthrie.

Also attending were Tallulah Hargrove, Angie Holder, Elaine Hornberger, Margarette Hoomis, Mary Jensen, Becky Keyes, Juanita Kirby, Martha Lamberth, Terry McBride, Virginia McDorman, Martha McSwain, Amy Miller, Betty Miller, Malcolm Miller, Sandy Miller, Susan Miller, Nancy Morow, Lu Moss, Frances Owens, Powell Owens, Margaret Patrick, Kathie Ramsey, Carolyn Reich, Betsy Rietz, Catherine Rogers, Phyllis Russell, Mary-Noel Sellers, Ellen Tucker, Heather Waldron, Elise Warren, Sue Watkins, Kathryn Waters, Cynthia Watt, Clacy Wheeler, Patty Warren, and Janis Zeanah.


Gala Benefits College Scholarships for College Students

City Lights BandThe Guild of the Birmingham Music Club hosted its annual “Rhythm and Muse Gala” on Jan. 30 to benefit its music scholarship program for Alabama college students. Nearly 200 Guild members and guests enjoyed a cocktail-supper, silent auction, music, and dancing. A patron’s party hosted by Merrill Lynch kicked off the evening with violinist, Eva Shvartcer, a student at Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Setting the scene in Vestavia Country Club’s ballroom was a winter decor with white lights gleaming on bare branches and white cymbidium orchids centering tables for dining. BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages singing to his guitar accompaniment and backed up by his City Lights band were highlights of the festivities.

Kim Strickland introduces HullFormer Birmingham Music Club Scholarship winner Dawson Hull was introduced by Kim Strickland as the evening’s honoree. He drew a standing ovation with his virtuoso piano performance of classical selections. Now pursuing his doctorate in piano at the University of Memphis, he also serves as Associate Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN. An established concert pianist, Hull has appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. He also is a composer whose works have premiered with choirs of Samford and professional chamber ensembles.

Gala Chairman Judy Anderson welcomed guests, and Lochrane Coleman Smith assisted in on-site fundraising. Serving on the Gala committee were BMC Guild President Marsha Drennen, Kay Clark, Martha Ann Doyal, Beverly Parks, Vicki Lukens, Lu Moss, Anne Lamkin, Linda Cooper, Nancy Morrow, Beth Adams, Lesley DeRamus, Pat Grant, Linda Griggs, Angie Holder, Powell Owens, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Kim Strickland, Janis Zeanah, and Miriam Morris.


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