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Career Development Committee


The Career and Artistic Development Committee has been created by the NFA with the mandate to provide artistic and professional guidance as well as to facilitate access to information about career resources for all NFA members.


This committee brings together the entrepreneurial experience of several flutists:

  • Hilary Abigana, Co-Founder and Hybrid Arts Flutist with The Fourth Wall, Co-Founder of the Irish Flute Academy of Indianapolis  
  • Alice K. Dade, Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Missouri, Principal Flutist of Festival Mozaic, and former Acting Co-Principal Flutist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  
  • Morgann Davis, Owner of the Davis Flute Studio; performs with the Lancaster Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Allegro Chamber Orchestra; regular contributor to iCadenza and the Powell Flutes "Teach Flute" blog.   
  • Jennifer Diaz, Community Relations and Audience Development Coordinator for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; former President for the Greater Portland Flute Society and Education Director for the Eugene Symphony.  
  • Shivhan Dohse, National Marketing & Sales Director for Miyazawa Flutes (USA), Coe College Adjunct Professor of Flute, Principal Flute of Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and Co-founder of In Sterio.  
  • Stephanie Jutt, former board member and Program Chair of the National Flute Association; Her editions of Brahms, Reineke, Saint-Saens and Karg-Elert are published by International and her recordings can be found on Albany and Centaur Records. She is artistic director of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society and flute professor of University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Shelley Martinson, CAD Committee Chair, Assistant Professor of Music (Flute and Musicology) at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Founder and President of the Flute New Music Consortium, and President of the Oklahoma Flute Society.
  • Alina Osika, Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Utah Symphony; Utah Opera and Utah Flute Association board member
  • Dr. Michelle Stanley is the Associate Professor of Music at Colorado State University where she teaches flute, chamber music and entrepreneurship. She is an active teacher/performer that travels frequently throughout Europe and the U.S. as a recitalist and teacher. 

The CAD committee offers both career and artistic development guidance, because we recognize the dynamic interdependence between the artistic and business aspects of every flutist's career. To serve our mission, we launched a mini-conference of workshops at the 2010 Anaheim Convention, and they have since become a standard part of the National Flute Convention. Featured Guests have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Lillian Burkart, Flutronix, Cristina Ballatori, Alice K. Dade, Meret Bitticks, Shanna Gutierrez, Stephanie Jutt, and Eva Amsler, among others. The CAD committee also sponsors the biennial Arts Venture Competition. Established in 2014, this unique competition seeks to reward and encourage new thinking and viable, innovative ideas with a seed grant.

We believe that the word "career" involves more than just earning money as a flutist. It's what shapes our path as artists and vice versa. Whether you're a full time flutist, an aspiring student, or an adult amateur, our committee has something to offer you!


NFA Arts Venture Competition

2016 Winner: Jessica Sherer & Emma Shubin, Play It Forward -  A nonprofit organization providing private music lesson scholarships. In exchange, students "play it forward" by volunteering their own time to help others.  

2016 Finalists:
Stacey Chou: In Radiance
Bonnie Cochran: In Concert 
Michael Hoover: Chicago Symphonic Winds

2014 Winner: Shelley Martinson, Elizabeth Robinson, David Graham, Ashley Shank, Flute New Music Consortium - A 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to promoting new music for the flute by commissioning works, organizing premieres, and encouraging repeat performances. 

2014 Finalists
Leonard Garrison: L’Atelier de flute: French Intermediate Flute Repertoire
Meg Griffith, Rik Noyce: Whole Musician: Mind, Movement, Music
Melinda Ostrander-Aviles: Flute Troops: Scouting for Flutists



Following is a list of websites designed to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.

Music Career Guides and Strategies

CV, Resume and Cover Letter Guides

Marketing Your Music

Arts Entrepreneurship Sites

  • Arts Enterprise - University of Wisconsin's comprehensive website for entrepreneurs in all artistic disciplines, including useful links and informative videos
  • Self-Employment in the Arts - An educational resource with a monthly column, numerous informative articles, and an interactive forum for professionals to share ideas. 
  • Entrepreneur the Arts - A Chicago-based blog with hundreds of entries covering a variety of business of art topics including legal, accounting, and marketing issues, as well links to related books, websites, and conferences.
  • The Artful Manager- The Artful Manager seeks a new set of metaphors for the administrative leaders of arts and culture. 

Arts Entrepreneurship Books

Twyla Tharpe, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. Pub. Simon & Schuster
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Pub. Riverhead Books.
Angela Myles Beeching, Beyond Talent. Pub. Oxford Press.
David Cutler, The Savy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, and Making a Difference. Pub. Helius Press.