Biographical or Historical Information
The Thursday Morning Music Club can trace its beginnings back to February 20, 1892, when a group met at the home of Mrs. Catherine de Rosset Meares to form a musical club. Present as this historical meeting were: Colonel Alfred Moore Waddell and his wife, Ellen Savage Waddell, Mr. Horace Mann Emerson, Mrs. John Henry Watters, Ms Gabrielle de Grundy de Rosset, Ms Elizabeth Savage Waddell, and Ms Annie Jones Hart. By the eighth club meeting, April 19, 1892, the group had decided to call itself the Reinecke Club. They met off and on through 1907. For a public concert held in the parlors of the Elk’s Club in 1904, the club name was changed to the Wilmington Piano Club. The main purpose of the club was to practice and perform music.
From the remnants of the Reinecke Club, the North Carolina Sorosis of Wilmington formed a music department and joined the National Federation of Music Clubs in 1909. The group continued to be active and joined the newly formed North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs in 1917.
In 1922, informal meetings were held at the home of Miss Julia Post with Carrie Fenley, Agnes Chasten and Melba Pearsall attending. The four friends planned to meet regularly to perform for each other and study classical music. From this core group the Thursday Morning Club was born. In 1924, the Sorosis Music Department and the Thursday Morning Music Club cohosted the 8th Convention of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs in Wilmington. The Thursday Morning Music Club also hosted North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Conventions in 1934, 1941, 1952, and 1970. The official date of organization and federation for the Thursday Morning Music Club is given as October 1924 with 25 charter members. Mrs. J. G. Murphy was elected as the first president of the club. It joined the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs under its own name in 1925.
Through the years, the Thursday Morning Club has promoted the formation of various club choruses and chamber music groups, including the Madrigals, the Wilmington Male Chorus, the Edwards Ensemble, and the Norden String Quartet. It has fostered the organization of junior and juvenile music clubs, federation of new clubs in the eastern district of the state, enrollment of associate members, sponsored concerts by well-known artists, expanded the music holdings of the public library and numerous other musical endeavors. The club also provided scholarships for many community members.