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Ticketed Meal Events

The NFA convention hosts three special ticketed meal events that provide an opportunity for renowned speakers and honorees to share their wisdom and perspective with flutists of all backgrounds. These mealtime events are a terrific way to new and returning members to deepen their social and musical connections and share in camaraderie and artistic inspiration. Break at midday on Friday for the Flute Lovers’ Lunch, start Saturday morning with Food for the Day’s Journey (formerly the Teachers’ Breakfast), and spend Saturday evening in celebration at the Gala Awards Dinner. We invite you to join us!

Flute Lovers’ Lunch with PROJECT Trio

PROJECT Trio!Join other flute lovers for a casual meal and get to know the dynamic PROJECT Trio! Ensemble members Greg Pattillo, flute; Peter Seymour, double bass; and Eric Stephenson, cello; will tell the story of how they began performing as a group. The presentation will also include a discussion about entrepreneurship and the role of the 21st Century Musician.

Friday, August 11, 11:30 a.m., $50 per person.

Food for the Day’s Journey with Leone Buyse

Leone BuyseFor this year’s Food for the Day’s Journey breakfast, educator and performer Leone Buyse will present "The Value of Empathy in Teaching.” What we say as teachers is important; how we say it is even more so. Drawing from five decades of teaching experience, Leone Buyse will suggest ways to create a fruitful learning environment that motivates and inspires.

Guests are invited to hear Buyse’s inspirational words over a hearty breakfast. Anyone with an appreciation for pedagogy, whether as a student, teacher, or enthusiast, is welcome to attend this event.

Food for the Day’s Journey is presented by the Pedagogy Committee. Previous speakers have included Bonita Boyd (2016), Paula Robison (2015), Angeleita Floyd (2014), Jim Walker (2013), Walfrid Kujala (2012), Brooks de Wetter-Smith (2011), and Tadeu Coelho (2010). 

Saturday, August 12, 8 a.m., $40 per person.

NFA Gala Awards Dinner

Ervin MonroeThe NFA Annual Gala Awards Dinner will honor 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Ervin Monroe and Laurie Sokoloff and Distinguished Service Award Recipient Linda Mintener.

Ervin Monroe performed as principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for four decades. He also served as NFA Program Chair and President and was instrumental in the creation of The Flutist Quarterly. Monroe founded Little Piper publications, wrote many articles and books, and served as president of Muramatsu America.

Laurie Sokoloff
photo by Christian Colberg

Laurie Sokoloff performed as solo piccoloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 45 years and has taught at the Peabody Conservatory since 2001. She also served as chair of the NFA’s piccolo committee and coordinator of the Piccolo Artist Competition.

Linda MintenerLinda Mintener, longtime legal advisor to the NFA board, will receive the NFA Distinguished Service Award.

Please join the NFA in honoring Ervin Monroe, Laurie Sokoloff, and Linda Mintener, and celebrating their contributions to the flute community! Attendance at the NFA Gala Awards Dinner entitles you to reserved premium seating at the Gala Concerto Concert immediately following the dinner. A percentage of your ticket purchase is a tax-deductible gift to the NFA’s General Endowment Fund.

Saturday, August 12, 5:45 p.m., $125 per person, $40 tax-deductible, table of 10 - $1,100.