Music can be heard over the Northern Neck. This often emulates from a group known as the Rappahannock Music Study Club.
RMSC is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.
RMSC was organized in 1961 and has since enlightened members with a variety of programs and talented artists. Beginning in 1976, through two scholarship funds, they have awarded financial support to many aspiring Northern Neck music students. The National and Virginia Music Club affiliates are advocates of quality music in the communities and schools.
A monthly program, September through May, is open to the public and other programs are for members and their guests. These informal gatherings are held at various Northern Neck locations and usually are held the third Monday of the month at 11 a.m. They are followed by a sandwich lunch and conversation.
Funds for the club’s first major scholarship grants, beginning in 1976, were raised by a series of five Richmond Sinfonia Concerts that were presented from 1976 through 1984.
The scholarship program was enhanced by the addition of two major gifts. The first Rappahannock Music Study Club Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 through the generosity of Mrs. Edith Montgomery in memory of her sister, Miss Genevieve Pledge. Miss Pledge had been a violinist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
The second scholarship was made possible through a bequest from Mrs. Ammon G. Dunton, Sr., plus contributions in her memory from friends and family. Carolyn K. Dunton was a charter member of the club and president for two terms.
The Carolyn K. Dunton and Genevieve Pledge Scholarships are awarded to students from the Northern Neck who have musical talent and reasonable proficiency and wish to further their music education.
Scholarships may be renewed three times (covering all four years of college) based on grades and continuation of lessons in applied music. Since 1977, over forty scholarships have been awarded to young people.
The 2010–2011 programs included three which were open to the public: The Piano in Church, presented by Judy Umstead; Bach’s Birthday Bash, presented by Lawrence Goddard; and The Lively Ringers of Bethel United Methodist Church. Interested persons can contact the membership chair, Laura Reeves at 804-580-3167 and are welcome to attend a meeting.