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Committee Highlights

The convention offers a great opportunity for NFA committees to showcase their areas of interest and provide great learning experiences for attendees. Browse this selection of convention events hosted by our committees!

New this Year: Visit NFA committees in the exhibit hall for extended programming and services. Exhibit hall times are listed under convention events.

Amateur Resources Committee

Starting Anew: Adults Returning to Flute Playing (panel)
Saturday, August 12, 3 – 4 pm

Life sometimes gets in the way and flutes are put on the side while family or career take center stage. Starting over can seem overwhelming, but this panel is here to help. Join Joanna Bassett, Cindy Anne Broz, Ann Konopinski, and Phil Nash to discuss resources and methods for "lapsed" adults to regain skills for playing.

Open 30+ Masterclass with Katherine Borst Jones
Friday, August 11, 5 – 6 pm

Bring a prepared piece, an etude, a scale, anything you'd like, and play for Katherine Borst Jones in a friendly and open masterclass with your peers.

Twin Cities Adult Flute Choir
Sunday, August 13, 10:30 – 11:30 am

This ensemble of amateur flutists will rehearse daily at the convention and give a performance as part of the 10:30 am service at Central Lutheran Church, located just a block behind the Minneapolis Convention Center. Dr. Rebecca Paluzzi, director.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm

Learn more about the Amateur Resources Committee and fill out a survey to help determine events at future conventions.

Career and Artistic Development Committee

Record Your First Album: How to Make a CD from Start to Finish (workshop)
Thursday, August 10, 5 – 6 pm

Learn about the recording process and how to plan and budget for your first album. This workshop presentation from the NFA's Career & Artistic Development Committee explores repertoire selection, recording and production decisions, budgeting, funding, distribution, mastering, mechanical rights, and physical and digital production options. Presenters: Alice K. Dade, Michelle Stanley, and Shivhan Dohse. Bring your questions!

Exhibit Hall Hours
(By appointment – please sign up for a time using the link below)

Thursday-Saturday, 10am – noon, 3-5pm
Sunday, 10 am - noon

Need help with your resume or CV? The Career and Artistic Development Committee is scheduling 20-minute consultations to workshop resumes, CVs, cover letters, or related job documents. Please fill out this survey with your preferred times and a committee member will get back to you to schedule an appointment.

Sending your materials for advance review will allow your mentor to make the most of your time together, but it is not required. If you wish to submit a document ahead of time, please send it to CAD@nfaonline.org before August 1, 2017.

Cultural Outreach Committee

The NFA/Flutopia Initiative "Play It Forward" Benefit Concert
Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue (a short walk from the convention center)

Featured performers will include the University of South Alabama Celtic Crue, ready to charm you with traditional Irish Flutes, led by Andra Bohnet; the Herrera-Register flute and guitar duo from Camerata Amistad, adding their Hispanic flair; plus a flute ensemble formed especially for this event, paying tribute to the memory of beloved mentor Robert F. Cole, professor of flute at UW-Madison and former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Members of the ensemble are Kathy Cook Moss, Leslie Goldman Maaser, Wendy Mehne, Cathy Herrera, and Peggy Vagts.

Admission is a free-will offering to benefit Downtown Congregations To End Homelessness (DCEH). Be a Flutopian! Help change the world, one concert at a time!

Embracing our Races: Connecting with Communities of Color (panel)
Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Presented by the Cultural Outreach Committee, this panel shares the ways they connect with underserved communities. Panelists include Caen Thomason-Redus, Director of Community and Learning at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Campbell, MacPahil Center for Music, Sarah Minette, faculty at South High School (MN), and Andrea Myers, Director of the Hopewell Music Cooperative (MN). Paula Gudmundson, moderator.

Celebrating African American and Latin American Composers (concert)
Friday, August 11, 11 am – 12:15 pm

The Cultural Outreach Committee presents a concert of works by Valerie Coleman, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samuel Zyman, Marcelo Toledo, Diego Vega, and Reinaldo Moya performed by Jennifer Grim, Caen Thomason-Redus, Eileen Grycky, Mariana Gariazzo, Naomi Seidman, and flutists from the Twin Cities.

Historical Flutes Committee

300 Years of Flute: Historical Flutes in Concert
Friday, August 11, 11 am – 12 pm

A chamber music concert featuring members of the Historical Flutes Committee performing on historical flutes - originals and modern replicas.

Low Flutes Committee

The Sub Culture - Low Flutes in Concert
Saturday, August 12, 1 – 2:15 pm

The NFA Low Flutes Committee presents chamber and large-ensemble works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Jonathan Cohen, Carl Dimow, Ali Ryerson, David Bennett Thomas, Brandon Nelson, and Domenico Zipoli and NFA premieres of new works for low flute ensemble by Russell Scarbrough and Peter Senchuk.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday through Sunday, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Guest artists and speakers Matthias Ziegler, Ali Ryerson, and Chris Potter will offer mini-workshops on tone development and setting up the curve on alto flutes, as well as extra-musical effects and extended techniques. Stop by, learn more about the committee, and get information about purchasing low flutes, playing low flutes music, and more!

New Music Advisory

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, 1:15 – 3:00pm
Meet David Froom, composer of this the 2017 High School Soloist Competition Commission!

Friday, 12:45 – 2:30pm:
Meet Laura Schwendinger, composer of the 2017 Young Artist Competition Commission!

Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Commissioning Q&A: Are you interested in commissioning your first piece but don’t know where to start? Have you commissioned music and have questions about contracting, standard practices, or other flutists’ experiences? New Music Advisory Committee members are available to share our knowledge and experiences.

Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
New Music 101: New music presents exciting challenges, and the New Music Advisory Committee is here to answer any questions you have. We can recommend repertoire and resources, help you with how to get started on a piece, give you tips for playing your first multiphonics or other extended techniques—you name it!

Pedagogy Committee

Fast Track for Success in the First Year (workshop)
Friday, August 11, 2 – 3 pm

In this interactive session, Kathy Blocki and Molly Shortridge present the basics to ensure a successful first year of flute playing. Topics include tone, technique, and motivational tools.

Masterclass Skills 102: The Art of Giving a Masterclass for the College Interview Process
Saturday, August 12, 9:30 – 11 am

For the second year, the NFA Pedagogy Committee presents a class on giving a masterclass as part of a college teaching interview. A panel with John Bailey, Molly Barth, and Carol Wincenc provides feedback on how to connect with the performer and the audience, effective communication skills, setting the tone for the class, and clear presentation of concepts.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, 4 – 5 pm
Friday, 10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, 3 – 5 pm
Sunday, 10 – 11 am

Pedagogy Committee members will be on hand to inspire teachers with new ideas to keep their teaching fresh and alive. Bring your most pressing pedagogy-related questions, such as finding appropriately leveled materials, teaching various techniques, or any other issues you need help with. Both newcomers and seasoned professionals welcome!

Research Committee

Writing Good Program Notes (panel)
Saturday, August 12, 3:15
 4 pm

How can we use program notes to help concert-goers better understand the music they are about to hear? What information should we include, and how should we frame our information? Members of the NFA Research Committee (Nancy Toff, Julie Hobbs, Jennifer Parker-Harley, Lindsay Hansen, and Jessica Raposo) discuss how to create effective program notes, including concrete models of successful and unsuccessful notes, and field questions from the audience.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday through Friday, 1 – 3 pm

Office Hours: Best Practices for Research

Are you working on your masters or doctoral degree research, or have a flute research project you’re thinking about? Then come meet members of the NFA Research Committee for an informal Q/A session on flute research. Bring your questions, and be ready to enjoy some lively conversation!

World Music Committee

Charanga in the United States: History and Future (panel)
Friday, August 11, 3 – 4 pm

Panel Discussion: With Marth Councell-Vargas, Ernesto Fernandez, Jessica Valiente, and Art Webb. Learn about charanga – Latin dance music featuring the flute as the lead improvising instrument – and its origins in Cuba, its transformation in the United States, its future in the face of changing relations, and hear first-hand stories from one of the genres history-makers

Friday Night Cabaret with Latin Flute Legend Art Webb
Friday, August 11, 10 – 11:30 pm

Enjoy Latin jazz, Cuban music, and more with one of the most significant flutists in the history of Latin flute.  Art Webb is joined by the NFA Convention’s outstanding rhythm section, featuring three of the Twin Cities finest jazz musicians.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday through Saturday, 1 2 pm

World Music Committee members will be available to answer members’ questions about the committee’s work and about various world flute traditions. NFA members will have the opportunity to try dozens of traditional flutes from Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Europe, and North America at our world flute “petting zoo.” Books, recordings, and sheet music related to world music topics will be on display, along with retailer information.  Information on world music-related convention events will also be available.

Youth Flute Day Committee (all events Sunday, August 13)

Youth Flute Day Warmup, 8:45 – 9:15 am

Participants in Flute Youth Day learn super warmups with James DeVoll and Cristina Ballatori.

Youth Flute Day: Extended Techniques through Flute Choir
9:30 – 11 am

Ian Clarke leads a workshop on extended techniques within the context of flute choir. Open to the young and the young at heart and presented in rotation with "Piccolo for Kids." Attend one session from 9:30-10:10 am and the other from 10:20-11 am.

Youth Flute Day: Piccolo for Kids
9:30 – 11 am

Zachary Galatis leads a workshop on "Piccolo for Kids." Open to the young and the young at heart and presented in rotation with "Extended Techniques through Flute Choir." Attend one session from 9:30-10:10 am and the other from 10:20 - 11 am.

Youth Flute Day: Two Flutes Together, A Russian/American Friendship
11:15 – 12 pm

Maxim Rubtsov, Principal Flutist of the Russian National Orchestra, and Diane Boyd Schultz, Professor of Flute at the University of Alabama, perform both American and Russian music and the U.S. premiere of Chris Brubeck’s Hermitage Suite for flute, piccolo, and piano with help from Youth Flute Day participants.

Youth Flute Day: The Fourth Wall Performance and Workshop
12 – 1 pm

Looking to spice up your performance? Enjoy dancing and want to combine it with your music? In this interactive workshop, hybrid arts ensemble, The Fourth Wall, will lead performing arts activities designed to stimulate your creativity. Bring your flutes!