The Kennedy Center

Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition


The Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition was established in 1971 by Mrs. Goldie Feder in honor of her late husband. Open to students in the D.C. Metropolitan area in grades 6-12, WPAS’ Feder Memorial String Competition continues to inspire and nurture local music students while maintaining the vitality of the arts in metropolitan D.C. area schools. Winners of the Competition are offered free private lessons, cash awards, and summer tuition scholarships.

Since its founding in 1965, Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) has become one of the leading presenting organizations in the country and has transformed the cultural life of our nation’s capital and metropolitan region by bringing the world’s greatest artists to the broadest possible audiences; by commissioning new works for music and dance; and by forming partnerships with local artists, arts organizations, community agencies, schools, embassies, and universities to develop and present innovative artistic and educational programs.

For more than 40 years, WPAS has enriched the lives of nearly four million children and adults through educational programs taking place all across the Washington metropolitan region. These diverse educational and outreach opportunities enrich and engage our diverse community in a broad spectrum of activities designed to encourage creativity, participation in, and an appreciation for various art forms. Visit us at for more information.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/15/2012: WPAS Feder String Competition Winners

Students in grades 6 to 12 perform a program of classical works.

Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition