The 45th Annual NFA Convention offers a number of events to which you can bring your flute and join in. Peruse this listing of participatory events and see which ones interest you! Please note that the convention program and schedule are subject to change.
10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra
All flutists are invited to perform in the 10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra at the 2017 NFA Annual Convention in Minneapolis. Conducted by Pamela Youngblood, the orchestra will open the convention with a program to delight the audience and performers alike. All flutists registered for convention are welcome to join in the fun, but must commit to two rehearsals, a warm-up and the concert itself. Visit the 10,000 Lakes Flute Orchestra page to learn more.
Flute Choir Reading Sessions No. 1 – 3
Grab your flute and play through some selections of flute choir music at these three open reading sessions!
Learn By Ear, Play by Heart: An Irish Traditional Music Approach for All Players
Transform your classical technique, tone and attitude with playful, creative practice tips from the Irish music world. Learn a tune by ear, and tackle tricky passages and performance challenges with a touch of 'trad.'
10th Annual Jazz Flute Big Band Reading Session
Ali Ryerson leads her 10th annual Jazz Flute Big Band Reading Session for jazz flute enthusiasts. BYO flutes and music stands (and piccolos, alto flutes, bass flutes and contrabass flutes!) and play great jazz arrangements from the NFA JFBB repertoire, with ample opportunity for improvisation. Accompanied by one of Minneapolis’ finest rhythm sections, this session offers the opportunity for all flutists interested in jazz to play in an organized jazz ensemble at the NFA convention.
Traditional Irish Reading Session
Relax and share tunes with friends both old and new in this informal session. Andra Bohnet will introduce tunes and the group will learn to play them together. Participants would also have the opportunity to bring their own music to the session.
Jazz Flute Workshop
Interested in playing jazz flute but don't know where to start? This interactive workshop is designed for you! Award-winning New York City jazz musician and flutist Sarpay Ozcagatay will present fundamentals of jazz and jazz flute knowledge. Bring your instruments and play along!
Native American Flute for the Classical Flutist
Learn to integrate the rich tone and history of the Native American flute into your own playing. The session will cover the basics of how to produce a sound, various scales, articulations, and ornamentations, and how to teach these techniques within a group setting. Bring a Native American flute, or come early to get a flute for in-class use.
Flute Conducting Masterclass
Wendy Kumer, conductor of the Pittsburgh Flute Choir, and Uwe Grodd, orchestral conductor and flutist from New Zealand, will answer questions on conducting a flute choir. Audience members will be invited to conduct a short selection and will be given feedback. The demo flute choir will be the audience, so bring your questions and your flute!
Open 30+ Masterclass
Bring a prepared piece, an etude, a scale, anything you'd like, and play for our master teacher (TBD) for coaching in a friendly and open masterclass with your peers.
Go Baroque: Historically Informed Practice for Modern Flutists
The workshop offers a variety of glimpses into the Historically Informed Performance (HIP) world through an open masterclass format, short demonstration, and discussion of performance practice elements such as beat hierarchy, dance rhythms, and stylistic gesture. Students, professional flutists, and teachers are invited to join in an exploration of how Baroque performance practice traverso techniques and ornamentation can be translated to modern flute. Bring your flute and gain a new HIP dimension to your playing.
Low Flutes Reading Session
Explore exciting new ensemble repertoire for low flutes, directed by Paige Dashner Long. Reading session includes music for small and large ensembles, with various low flutes instrumentation.
Fast Track Success in the First Year
In this interactive session presented by the Pedagogy Committee, Kathy Blocki and Molly Shortridge present the basics to ensure a successful first year of flute playing. Topics include tone, technique, and motivational tools.
Today’s Studio Teacher: A Roundtable Discussion
Join Molly Barth, Beth Chandler, Immanuel Davis, Katherine Borst Jones, and Trudy Kane for a roundtable discussion of topics of interest to College/University flute teachers. Come share your ideas!
Myofascial Release for Neck and Shoulder Tension
Myofascial Release is an effective, self-treatment therapy that focuses on relaxing the deep tissues of the body. The muscles and fascia in our neck and shoulders can become tight due to poor posture, emotional stress, and prolonged sitting or standing while playing the flute, leading to headaches, muscle strain, inflammation, and recurring injuries. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn a variety of exercises that help reduce and relieve tension in the neck and shoulders. Come prepared to lie on the floor and participate in the individual exercises. No experience necessary.
Performance Health for Flutists: Exercises and Techniques for Staying Strong and Injury Free
This workshop is designed specifically with the performance health needs of the flutist in mind. Topics include repetitive stress/overuse injuries, performance anxiety and its effect on movement and muscle tension, and corrective exercise strategies to help remedy faulty movement patterns and relieve muscle tension. Participants will leave with a greater knowledge of the human movement system as it pertains to the flute, as well as with a toolbox of exercises and strategies to keep themselves and their students strong and injury free.
Chunking the Excerpts
Patricia George will reveal what chunking is, how it works, what the benefits are, and apply these concepts to Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Mendelssohn Scherzo.
Getting Started with Improvisation
Robert Dick will share his ideas about starting free improvisation. He'll discuss the fears that classically trained musicians naturally face, and provide workable, simple tools to transcend self-created limitations. Robert will work with volunteers, so bring a flute - or a piccolo, alto or bass flute! Take the first steps on a personal journey to discover the music that is within us.
Enrich Your Sound Palette with Extended Techniques
Matthias Ziegler and Shauna Gutierrez assist flutists in integrating new sounds into their own musical vocabulary and developing an ear for the beautiful details of new flute sounds. Go beyond technique and learn the musical intent of whistle tones, tongue rams, slap tongue, circular breathing, multiphonics, and more.
Deconstructing Zoom Tube
Gareth McLearnon presents an interactive lecture-recital on Ian Clarke's Zoom Tube. McLearnon has given classes on Extended Techniques all over the world, including at Yale School of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He will share his insights on the iconic solo flute piece, learned directly from the composer and through hundreds of performances.
Improve Your Phrasing Through Nuance Tapers
With demonstrations by Sherry Kujala and Walfrid Kujala, this lecture/recital will expand on the article that Walfrid Kujala wrote for Flute Talk magazine. Bring your flute or piccolo to participate in some of the exercises and demonstrations.
The Minimalist Warm-Up: Experiences in Tension-Free Playing
Peter Schultz guides participants through "The Minimalist Warm-Up," based on the teaching of Eleanor Lawrence. As good technique is "the most effect for the least effort," the exercises are designed to minimize tension throughout the body. Breathing and the physical relationship of the player to the instrument will be examined. Come with or without your flute to participate!
Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates
Start each morning with Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi designed to balance the body and mind for a more productive day. Instructors will offer alternative movements to accommodate injuries and age-related limitations. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or a mat.
Fit Flute: Warming Up the Body
Certified personal trainer Roya Farzaneh will take the class through a routine of stretching exercises flutists can do before or during their morning warm-up practice. Learn how daily mobility practice goes hand-in-hand with flute playing, improving breathing, balance, quality of tone, technique, and mental clarity. A regular mobility routine will activate blood flow through the body, improve posture, increase range of motion, and can also protect joints from potential injuries. Participants will gain a better understanding of mobility on a structural and muscular level.