August 2018 Convention
Orlando, FL

Professional Flute Choir

The Professional Flute Choir concert, with fantastic soloists, conductors, and performers from all over the country, is always a highlight of the NFA convention. This year’s performance was no disappointment!

John Bailey conducting the Professional Flute Choir

John Bailey, flute professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, rehearsed and conducted the ensemble with energy, creativity, and constant positive feedback, which brought out the best in the performers. This year’s program featured standards, such as the Nabucco Overture by Verdi and Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach, and three world premieres. Serenade by Dag Wiren offered a beautiful, melodic interlude to the program. In four movements, this work featured gorgeous solos by several soloists in the ensemble.

Gay Kahkonen’s “Fanfare” was a brief, high-energy composition that will certainly become standard repertoire to open and close many flute choir performances. The second premiere was the winner of the annual Flute Choir Composition Competition, Something, by the young composer Henry Bransdorfer, currently a student at Western Michigan University. Something offered technical challenges through a set of creative variations on the classic wedding march.

The final world premiere was written on commission by Jonathan Cohen. Beyond the Black Stump features musical images of the Australian Outback and is full of fascinating tone colors not often heard in flute choir compositions.

The Professional Flute Choir concluded its NFA experience with a performance on the Sunday gala concert featuring 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient George Pope as soloist on Stella Sung’s Meditation.

—Shauna Thompson

photo by Shauna Thompson