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43rd Annual National Flute Association Convention
Out of Many, One
August 13–16, 2015 • Washington, D.C.

Thank you to the more than 3,000 people who joined us in our nation’s capital for the 43rd Annual NFA Convention August 13–16. The event featured, as always, an engaging lineup of artists performing in evening gala concerts and numerous concerts and recitals each day. We honored 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Alexander Murray and Harvey Sollberger and Distinguished Service Award recipient Penelope (Penny) Fischer. The event opened early, on Wednesday, with a pre-convention tour of the Library of Congress and its Dayton C. Miller collection followed by an evening Flute Jamboree at the Kennedy Center, and closed on Sunday with rousing performances of “Stars and Stripes Forever” (with 14 piccolos), works by John Williams and Felix Mendelssohn, and world premieres of original works for large flute ensembles featuring musicians from many U.S. military bands. Improvisation, world music, jazz, flute choirs, baroque and electronic music, innovation, compelling stories of advocacy, competitions, and an overflowing exhibition hall filled out this very crowded convention. (Read more about selected events in our annual Convention Chronicles, to be posted shortly.) Thank you to 2015 Program Chair Joanna Bassett and Assistant Program Chair Jan Angus for planning a spectacular convention—and thank you for joining us. See you next near in San Diego!