Matinée Musicale Cincinnati originated in 1911, when a group of women – all performing musicians - began presenting public concerts.

Two years later, in 1913, they launched a professional recital series, engaging both up-and-coming and already established vocal and instrumental recitalists, selected worldwide. Many of these outstanding performers have made their Cincinnati, and even their American, debuts under the auspices of Matinée Musicale. Thanks to a generous bequest from former Matinée Board President, philanthropist, and classically trained musician, Louise Dieterle Nippert, Matinée Musicale’s tradition of musical excellence continues. The recital series has flourished for 109 years, and we have even expanded our mission to include the awarding of grants and scholarships. In 2022, we launched a new initiative for young musicians in our area, the Student Connection.

Matinée Musicale also sponsors the "Classical Music Connection" podcast for Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). This past year, 44 episodes were produced and distributed exclusively for use by blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped individuals under the authority of Section 121 of Title 17 the United States Code. In this sample podcast, David Hatfield interviews Judy Martin, Administrative Director of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, about our organization.

In addition to being a respected presenter of fine recitals and a funder of grants and scholarships, Matinée Musicale remains an active local music club (women AND men, performers AND appreciative listeners!). We meet four times a year for musical programs by members, followed by lunch and the camaraderie enjoyed by enthusiastic music lovers. New members are always welcome and encouraged to share their ideas, talents, and energy in supporting the Matinée Musicale mission.

Our Mission

Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, a non-profit organization, serves and enriches the Greater Cincinnati community through:

Louise D. Nippert

Matinée Musical’s centennial season (2011-2012) honored the life and memory of Mrs. Louise D. Nippert, who presided over the club’s 72nd and 73rd seasons. She celebrated her 100th birthday in August 2011 and was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio in 2012. She passed away on July 22, 2012. Thanks to her generous bequest and support from many other philanthropists over the years, Matinée Musicale has a bright future.

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Louise D. Nippert

Nancy F. Walker

Nancy Fuldner Walker, who led Matinée Musicale Cincinnati for 45 years, was its heart and soul. Her knowledge, judgement, and great musical instincts sustained the organization at the forefront of local presenters for nearly half of its existence before her death in October 2017.

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