The NJFMC has competitions that are unique to our state. In the fall, students of NJFMC members may participate in the Piano Competition and the Vocal Competition.  In the spring, any NJ piano student may participate in the Joseph Israel Bookstaber Memorial Award Competition (the teacher does not need to be an NJFMC member.)





New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs Piano Competition



New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs Vocal Competition


Joseph Israel Bookstaber Memorial Competition

The Joseph Israel Bookstaber Memorial Competition is held in honor of the memory of a talented young man who loved to learn a great deal of music just for the joy of it, with no interest in becoming a professional musician.  This competition was created to encourage other such young pianists in their love of music.




1st place  - $750

2nd place - $500

3rd place - $250


First, second, and third place winners are required to perform in the NJFMC Gold Cup & Competition Winners Concert in order to receive the monetary award.  First place winners are not eligible to compete in subsequent years.


Repertoire Requirements

Performance time length: 30 minutes

Dates of Competition and Concert

Because of COVID-19, this year's competition will be conducted online with video submissions.


Video Recording

The video will be submitted via private YouTube link.  Only unedited video is accepted as submission; the performance is to have been recorded in 2021.  Further detailed instructions will be given after the application is received.


Junior Composers Contest




Other NFMC competitions

The NFMC offers more than $750,000 in competition and award prizes on the local, state, and national level. The Biennial Young Artist and Ellis-Duo-Pianists competitions award a total of $92,000 in awards and two years of performance bookings. Additional competitions are sponsored by the Federation in a wide range of categories, including voice, instrumental music, composition, dance, conducting, handicapped and visually impaired and music therapy.

  1. Applicant Instructions
    • Carefully read the NFMC Entrance rules.
    • Submit application forms and additional information sheets for a specific competition/award.
    • To see specific competitions/awards, click on this link to the national site.
    • Print out and complete and mail the application form.
    • Contact the chairman of the competition for additional information