The deadline to apply for the 2017 Myrna Brown International Scholarship has passed. This scholarship will be offered again in 2019.
The Myrna Brown International Scholarship was established to honor Myrna Brown, the NFA’s first executive director, for her dedication and devotion to the National Flute Association. As an administrator, Brown was a passionate advocate for cultural exchanges through music. Her collegiality and support enabled the NFA to build a strong foundation and begin to forge connections with the global flute community. During her tenure, Brown organized the first exchanges with flutists from China and Russia, setting the stage for the NFA’s warm relations with international flutists.
“As the recipient of the 2008 Myrna Brown International Scholarship, I had the honor of performing in recital at [the 2009] NFA convention in New York City. I performed works by Croatian composers of the 20th century.
It was my very first visit to New York from my homeland of Croatia, and also my first experience as a participant in an NFA convention. It is difficult to describe how impressed and thrilled I was to experience the events and to hear such a great amount of fabulous flutists all in one place! The artistic beauty of the concerts, the high level of performances, the great flute exhibitions, the quantity of events, and the amazing organization during the whole convention completely exceeded my expectations.
Yet the most impressive part was the convention’s aspiration to be innovative and original, as well as its offering of information about every aspect of flute playing and teaching. Those four days enriched my musical life and stimulated new ideas in regard to my own playing, which I will try to pass on to Croatian flutists—just as I hope that the flutists at my recital at the New York convention took away unique examples of Croatian flute music.”
—2008 Myrna Brown International Scholarship recipient Ivana Zahirovic, Croatia
In memory of Myrna Brown, this biennial scholarship provides financial assistance to a flutist from an international country to attend and present at the National Flute Association Convention, the largest annual flute event in the world. Recipients gain the opportunity to share their unique musical perspectives and experiences with a diverse group of flutists, promoting an enriching, cross-cultural dialogue.
Thanks to the generosity of NFA members, the amount of the Myrna Brown Scholarship has been doubled to $3,000 as of 2017. In addition to the scholarship, the recipient will be awarded a complimentary pass to attend the 45th Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 10-13, 2017, and a one-year membership to the NFA.
The mission of the Myrna Brown International Scholarship is as follows:
Guidelines for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship (REVISED March 2015)
Applications for the next Myrna Brown International Scholar competition are due December 1, 2016, for the selection of the 2017 Myrna Brown International Scholar, who will present at the NFA's 45th annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
To be considered for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant must:
To apply for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant must submit the following materials to the address specified below by the deadline:
Application Delivery and Deadline
Submit the materials described using the form below. Before uploading your application materials, rename all electronic files so they begin with your name (example: John Doe Filename).
The deadline for submissions has passed.
The deadline for receipt of all application material is December 1 of the year before the convention at which the winner will perform. For the 2017 NFA Convention, the deadline is December 1, 2016. Applications not received in complete form by the deadline will be disqualified. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by September 1 to receive verification that all required materials have been submitted. Note: Applicants are reminded that postal delivery times vary and are often unreliable, and so extra time for delivery should be allowed; risk of delayed delivery (or non-delivery) is on the applicant, and the NFA assumes no responsibility for delivery of any application materials.
Assuming that the applicant meets the threshold criteria specified in "Eligibility Requirements" above, applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Requirements for Brown Scholarship Flutist
By submitting an application for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant agrees that if selected:
The Myrna Brown International Scholarship is on a two-year scholarship cycle and will be awarded in even years for attendance at NFA conventions in odd years.
Funding of Scholarship
The Myrna Brown International Scholarship is funded solely by the NFA Endowment Myrna Brown Fund.