Florida Federation of Music Clubs

67th Annual


January 20-21, 2018 Competition
Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center
White Springs, Florida
Jeanie: $1,500
Plus tiara, appearances
Jeanie Maid: $1,000

Stephen: $1,500
Stephen Runner-up: $1,000
2017 Winners List

Christine Honein - Jeanie 2017
(Sponsored by Friday Morning Musicale)

Austin CripeStephen 2017
(Sponsored by Foundation for the Promotion of Music)
Jeanie contest: female 17 - 22 years (not yet 23 by auditions)
Stephen contest: male 18 - 23 years (not yet 24 by auditions)
Voice/music student and permanent Florida resident
Co-sponsored by Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, White Springs, Florida


The idea for the Stephen Foster/Jeanie Auditions originated in December, 1951 to encourage promising young Florida female vocal students. The first music scholarship award was presented to the winning Jeanie in 1954 by Stephen Foster’s closest living relative, Evelyn Foster Morneweck. Since 2006, the auditions have also been open to male contestants as well due to the generous endowment by Connie Tuttle-Lill.

The Jeanie/Stephen Auditions are sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and will be held at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center in White Springs, Florida in conjunction with National Stephen Foster Day celebrated the third weekend in January. Qualified judges select two female finalists. One is crowned Jeanie with award of $1,500, and the Jeanie Maid receives award of $1,000. These same judges also select two male vocalists, one to receive the Stephen title with award of $1,500 and the runner-up receives $1,000. Our hope is that these scholarship winners will use their awards to continue their vocal studies.

We welcome your donations to support this event. The names of all donors will be listed on the program. Contribution categories are as follow:

The Glendy Burk ($500 or more)
Oh! Susanna ($200-$499)
Beautiful Dreamer ($100-$199)
Camptown Races (under $100)

Please send donations (payable to FFMC, Inc.) directly to:

Suzanne Carpenter
FFMC Treasurer
P.O. Box 357275
Gainesville, Florida 32635-7275

Qualifying Rules for Jeanie/Stephen Auditions:
1. Age requirements for contestants:
Female voice students must be between the ages of 17 and not yet 23 by date of auditions.
Male voice students must be between the ages 18 and not yet 24 by date of auditions.
2. A contestant must be a legal resident of Florida and an American citizen, either native-born or naturalized. Proof of these requirements (eligibility) may be requested.
3. Contestants must be sponsored by an FFMC Senior Federated Music Club. When a candidate has been auditioned and accepted, the sponsoring club may request a copy of the Blue Foster Songbook from the application chairman. Candidates may choose their songs from this edition. Two Foster songs " Old Folks At Home"and " I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" are not to be selected by contestants. If a club has more than one candidate, extra copies can be requested. The books must be returned during registration at White Springs.
4. Only advanced vocalists are acceptable (those capable of giving a creditable radio, television or concert performance).
5. Females: light brown hair is not a requirement, but an 1854 hair style is mandatory.
6. It is a requirement that each female contestant must audition in an 1850-1870 style ball gown using a hoop. The sponsoring club will provide the dress using the pattern provided. Bright colors are preferable, since they photograph well. Male finalists must audition in traditional 1850’s cutaway tux attire.
7. Applicants must send a non-refundable entry fee check of $75 made out to FFMC & sent to: Suzanne Carpenter, FFMC Treasurer, PO Box 357275, Gainesville, FL 32635-7275.
8. Completed application forms must be electronically sent to Connie Lill: jeanie@ffmc-music.org
9. Application forms and a color head-and-shoulder jpeg photo are due by January 6, 2017.
10. Each contestant must furnish his/her own accompanist or one can be assigned to you for a $75.00 fee.
11. A repertoire of two (2) songs by American composers (native-born or naturalized) is required. One song must be by Stephen C. Foster. Submit alternate selections for all songs since we do not want duplicate songs. In case of duplication, the earliest postmark will determine the contestant who will be permitted to sing the songs selected. Total performing time for both these selections shall not exceed seven (7) minutes. Winners must be prepared to perform an additional song by an American composer at the awards ceremony: Jeanie, a song by an American composer; Stephen: two verses of "I Dream of Jeanie" to the crowned Jeanie.
12. Photocopies of Foster songs are permissible. It is suggested that three (3) copies be made available to the judges so that each may have their own copy to follow. The “COPYRIGHT LAW” must be honored in a participant’s second selection by an American composer. One original score must be supplied to the judges with the measures numbered for commentary purposes. Please delete (by erasure or white-out or covering by opaque label) name(s) of teacher, contestant, college or university, or any other identifying information.
13. Once selections are made and approved, NO CHANGES MAY BE MADE by contestants.
14. Winners of the JEANIE/STEPHEN titles must be available during their reigns for appearances, as designated by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. JEANIE/STEPHEN winners may not enter future auditions. Jeanie maids or Stephen runner-ups are eligible to apply again.
15. Social Security numbers will be required from all contestants who receive a monetary award.
16. Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification.

To apply for the Jeanie/Stephen Auditions, print out the application form and follow the instructions. If you cannot access the entry form you may need to obtain a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. To get a free copy, visit the Adobe web site by clicking on the following logo:

 Acrobat Reader

Jeanie, Stephen Scholarship Winners - 2017

2017 Jeanie: Christine Honein

2017 Stephen: Austin Cripe

Pictured (from left to right)

Stephen 2017: Austin Cripe
Sponsor: Foundation for the Promotion of Music - Gainesville
Linda Blessing, President

Jeanie 2017: Christine Honein
Sponsor: Friday Morning Musicale – Tampa
Dr. Jerome Lowe, President

Jeanie Maid 2017: Carlie Adams
Sponsor: Harmony Music Club – Jacksonville
Sonya Prescott-Hilton, President

Stephen Runner-up 2017: Lucas Coura
Sponsor: Sarasota Music Club – Sarasota
Mary Webb, President

Jeanie and Stephen (2017): Time to Celebrate!

(Photo by Catherine Chapman)

BELOW "Stephen" sings to his "Jeanie" - Stephen Foster's famous "I dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair."

Featuring 2013-2014 scholarship winners:   Amanda Caban (Jeanie) and Alexander Solomon (Stephen)


(Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017)