William Bennet


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 for new and returning members to 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 Valerie Coleman

Join other flutists over a casual meal, as performer and composer Valerie Coleman delves into the unique ways flutists are changing the world through their innovative ideas. She will highlight creative approaches to performance and artistic practice, incorporating insights from some of the most inventive flutists working today. Whether it’s taking on leadership roles in creating new works and organizations or expanding into unexplored niches of performance, learn how flutists are becoming their most creative selves.

Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m., $50 per person.

Food for the Day’s Journey with Jeanne Baxtresser

Educator and flutist Jeanne Baxtresser will present her breakfast talk, “What about me? A Teacher's most important responsibility.” Teachers are experts in self-sacrifice, and it can almost seem like heresy for dedicated teachers to think about investing time and energy in their own well-being. Drawing on her own years of teaching, Baxtresser will discuss how self-fulfillment, mental and physical health, and life/work balance are primary factors in becoming the best teacher you can be. In the end, your gift to yourself will be truly a most significant gift to your students, and every flute teacher wants that!

Saturday, August 11, 8:00 a.m., $40 per person

NFA Gala Awards Dinner

The NFA Annual Gala Awards Dinner will honor 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients András Adorján and Eva Kingma and Distinguished Service Award recipient George Pope.

András Adorján, a true international star of the flute, was born in 1944 in Budapest, grew up in Copenhagen, and since 1974 has lived in Munich. He first studied dentistry, obtaining his dentist’s diploma in Copenhagen in 1968. He studied flute in Budapest with Vilmos Bántai, in Copenhagen with Johan Bentzon of the Danish Radio Orchestra, and later with Erik Thomsen of the Danish Opera and completed his musical studies under the auspices of Jean-Pierre Rampal (International Summer Academy in Nice) and Aurèle Nicolet at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. He has held the position of principle flute with orchestras in Stockholm, Cologne, Baden-Baden, and Munich, and has performed as a soloist at festivals around the world. He taught at the Cologne Musikhochschule and the Munich Musikhochschule and has recorded many albums.

Eva Kingma is a world-renowned instrument maker who specializes in low flutes. Her greatest innovation, the Kingma System, includes six extra keys that help the flutist to regularize the sonority and accuracy of quartertone scales through all the registers and to increase the flute’s capacity for chromatic multiphonics. Her innovations have fueled the imagination of composers and performers, while she has also solved many of the ergonomic challenges of playing the instruments. Kingma’s shop is located in the village of Grolloo in the Netherlands.

George Pope grew up in northeastern Oklahoma. A graduate of Northwestern University and The University of Tulsa, Pope studied with Marion McNally, Maurice Sharp, and Walfrid Kujala. In 1978, he moved to Akron, Ohio, where he became flute professor at the University of Akron until 2013 and served as the principal flutist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for 24 years. In 2002, Pope joined the faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, a position he continues today. Pope has been an influential presence in the NFA. He was first introduced to the organization when he performed as part of the 1987 Convention Performers Competition and has since served as Program Chair, Vice President, and President as well as various committees and judging panels. However, he believes his greatest NFA legacy is proposing the original Remembrance and Healing Concert, an extension of a 1995 AIDS memorial Pope organized after losing Todd Fulmer, his beloved partner of 25 years. The concert has become an annual feature at NFA Conventions.

Saturday, August 11, 5:45 p.m., $125 per person, $40 tax deductible; table of 10 - $1,100, $325 tax deductible.