47th Annual National Flute Association Convention

August 1–4, 2019 | Salt Lake City, Utah

We invite proposals for the 2019 National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City. Our theme for this year, “Transforming Artistry,” will celebrate artistry’s expressive potential. Some of us channel our creativity to performing, others to teaching. Some of us run organizations and expose communities to the arts, facilitating experiences for others.

Artistry can mean performance in its highest form, but it also can mean the skill and passion poured into a lesson, or the time and devotion involved in creating a meaningful musical experience within a community of people. It can be the careful planning of an events staff making everything run smoothly, the energy a teacher puts into mentoring students, or the collaborative skill found in the best of chamber musicians. We all have unique gifts and bring our inspired spirit to music and the flute.

Our organization includes flute enthusiasts who engage with the instrument in a variety of ways. We will entertain proposals that promote unity through inclusion and access for all flutists and professions. We look forward to appreciating the skill and beauty found in high-level performance, honoring the legacy of artistry passed to us from teachers, and revitalizing the connections among us all as collaborators and artists.

All proposals submitted will be carefully considered. Performance proposals might include anything from one piece to a larger program. Special consideration will be given to proposals aiming to celebrate the history and legacy of teachers, innovative ideas for expanding access to music, and presentations or performances that connect the flute and its repertoire to regional features, whether near Salt Lake City or the region of the proposer. We hope to simultaneously celebrate our shared heritage and empower our next generation of flutists to make their way in our musical landscape.

We look forward to being inspired by your submissions!

Submitting proposals
Proposals are accepted via the online proposal form until 11:59 p.m. Eastern (ET) on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Recordings of your playing are required for performance submissions, uploaded with your proposal. You many include audio files (mp3, m4a, wav, wma, or aif only) or links to online videos of your playing (such as a link to your YouTube video); please include these links in the supporting materials. Links must be accurate and functioning at the time of review; please do not include both audio files and video links. Audiovisual requests must also be noted on the proposal form and are subject to budgetary considerations.

We will accept proposals in the following categories:

  • Solo Performance (alone or with keyboard or electronics)
  • Chamber Performance
  • Flute Choir Performance (more than five flutes)
  • Workshop*
  • Lecture*
  • Lecture-Recital*
  • Panel*

*For these categories, an outline of your presentation as you envision it—including topics addressed, activities, and desired outcomes for your attendees—is required as part of your uploaded supporting materials.

NFA members may submit up to three proposals, but each proposal must be from a different category. You may submit a proposal for a single piece or an entire concert. Because space is limited, you may be invited to play only a portion of the program you propose.

Flute Choir proposals
Flute Choir proposals (all ensembles of more than five flutes) are accepted via the online proposal form until 11:59 p.m. Eastern (ET) on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Choir directors must include an audio file (no vid­eos) consisting of three to five representative selections recorded no earlier than 15 months prior to submission. Please note that the only acceptable recordings for flute choir proposals are audio files (mp3, m4a, wav, wma, or aif only). A program with exact timings of 30 minutes total (including set up, speaking, and transition) is also required as part of the proposal, and does not require inclusion of the recorded works submitted. If invited, the ensemble’s performance date and time will be determined by the program chair.

—Rebecca Johnson
2019 Program Chair, rebecca.johnson.nfa@gmail.com

—Kate Henry
2019 Assistant Program Chair, kate.henry.nfa@gmail.com