Myrna Brown International Scholarship

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Myrna Brown International Scholarship has passed.

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 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.

Mission

The mission of the Myrna Brown International Scholarship is as follows:

  1. To honor Myrna Brown, the NFA’s first administrator, for her dedication and devotion to the National Flute Association;
  2. To provide a flutist from a non-US country with financial assistance and an opportunity to perform and/or lecture on music from his or her country, participate in a panel discussion, or adjudicate at an NFA Convention;
  3. To provide an opportunity for the scholarship flutist to write an article for The Flutist Quarterly relating his or her experiences at the NFA Convention and how the experience impacted his/her musical life; and
  4. To promote the NFA to the flutists of the world, by asking the scholarship flutist to share with his or her country's flute community information regarding the activities and services of the NFA.

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. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of, and actually residing in, a developing country that is not under trade sanctions or restrictions with the United States.
  2. Not be a previous winner of the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, or related to any member of the Myrna Brown International Scholarship Committee
  3. Demonstrate personal economic need, defined as the inability to attend the NFA Convention without financial assistance

Application Requirements

To apply for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant must submit the following materials to the address specified below by the deadline:

  1. A biography or résumé in English not exceeding 2 pages, including the applicant's full legal name, date and place of birth, current residence address, and residence addresses during the past five years, contact information including E-mail address, citizenship, education, and (if applicable) professional or occupational information.
  2. A written statement in English not exceeding 300 words describing: (a) why attending the NFA convention will benefit the applicant's musical development, and (b) how the applicant will utilize the experience of attending the NFA convention to further the development of flute music in the applicant's home country.
  3. A written proposal in English not exceeding 750 words outlining the 30 to 45-minute presentation that the applicant proposes to make at the NFA convention. The presentation must consist of or strongly relate to flute music. Examples of possible presentations include: a program of flute music from the applicant's country; a presentation on a specific composer or several composers performing examples of their works; a presentation on innovative teaching ideas or methods; or a presentation on a significant historical perspective of music from the applicant's country.
  4. A video and audio recording of the applicant performing one or more selections of flute music for a minimum of 15 minutes, recorded not more than 90 days before submission of the recording. Note: The recording technology used does not need to be of professional quality; a typical hand-held digital recording is acceptable. No additional weight, points, or other consideration is given for recording production values. Accordingly, applicants are not expected or encouraged to spend any significant sum in creating the audio-video recording. If the proposed presentation includes performances of flute music, each part of the repertoire to be performed must be included. If the proposed presentation does not include a performance of flute music, the recording must include a flute performance by the applicant of two or more pieces from the standard solo repertoire.  

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.

Evaluation Criteria

Assuming that the applicant meets the threshold criteria specified in "Eligibility Requirements" above, applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. The potential for future positive impact on the development of flute music in the applicant's home country as a result of the applicant's participation in the NFA convention (50% of total evaluation); and
  2. The applicant's ability to present in lecture or performance format at the NFA convention or to serve as a competition judge, as applicable (50% of total evaluation).

Selection Process

  1. The Myrna Brown International Liaison and the Myrna Brown Society Chair will appoint a committee ("The Myrna Brown International Scholarship Committee" or "the Committee"). The Committee will choose a suitable recipient of the Myrna Brown International Scholarship. The recipient is referred to the "Brown Scholarship Flutist."
  2. The Convention Program Chair will decide how best to utilize the Brown Scholarship Flutist's skills at the convention in consultation with the Brown Scholarship Flutist and the Committee.
  3. The Brown Scholarship Flutist will receive an official invitation.

Requirements for Brown Scholarship Flutist

By submitting an application for the Myrna Brown International Scholarship, the applicant agrees that if selected:

  1. The Brown Scholarship Flutist will attend at least three (3) full days of the NFA Convention in the year of the scholarship.
  2. The Brown Scholarship Flutist will make a 30-45-minute presentation to the NFA Convention which must include the elements described in the proposal submitted pursuant to Paragraph 3 of the Application Requirements.
  3. Within two (2) weeks after the close of the NFA Convention, the Brown Scholarship Flutist will participate in a post-convention interview by a writer for Flutist Quarterly. The subject matter of the interview will be the Brown Scholarship Flutist's experiences at the NFA Convention, how such experiences have influenced and will influence his or her musical life, and how the Brown Scholarship Flutist will share information with his or her country's flute community regarding the activities and services of the NFA.
  4. The Brown Scholarship Flutist consents to the use of his or her name, photograph, and personal information stated in the application materials (except financial information) and/or disclosed in the interview, in publications of the NFA, including but not limited to the NFA Convention program, The Flutist Quarterly, and the NFA website.

Timeframe

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.