The Flutist Quarterly

The Flutist Quarterly, the flagship member publication of the National Flute Association, was founded more than four decades ago, dating back almost as far as the organization itself. Recognized throughout the international flute community for its quality and visual appeal, The Flutist Quarterly provides information and articles about the performance, study, history, manufacture, and enjoyment of flutes, flutists, and flute music. The magazine features articles written by leading flute performers, scholars, and teachers and news about developments and accomplishments in the NFA membership and flute community at large. Article topics range from breaking discoveries and new insights in research and methodologies to in-depth analyses of new works. Profiles of the world’s leading flutists and pedagogues, significant activities in communities from Boston to China and all points in-between, performance health insights, and developments in flute repair and manufacture are among topics explored in the magazine’s feature articles. Regular departments include reports on flute club activities, Annual NFA Convention news and updates, obituaries, international news, news from and about the NFA, announcements of new products, and reviews of new CDs, music, and books pertaining to flute.


Summer 2016 Issue Cover

The Summer 2016 Issue

This issue features Michael Lynn’s article, “The Development of the Flute in 19th-Century France,” offering tantalizing glimpses into the popular but virtually unknown flute repertoire and instruments used in France two centuries ago. We also pay tribute to renowned flutemaker Bickford Brannen in an interview by his friend and colleague Eva Kingma. And we bid farewell to legendary flutist and pedagogue Aurèle Nicolet, who died this year, in an article by his former student Eva Amsler. In an intimate essay, Ramakrishnan Kumaran, the winner of the 2015 NFA Young Artist Competition, shares his thoughts on his life as an artist. This issue also includes information about the 44th Annual NFA Convention, including—new this year—the complete schedule of events in a special, easy-to-carry insert.


›  Download the Convention Insert     Subject to change. Updates to the
    convention schedule will be posted online.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my first Flutist Quarterly?
Your membership benefits include a subscription to Flutist Quarterly, the official quarterly journal of the National Flute Association. Please refer to the chart below to see when you should expect your first issue.
If your membership is processed… …your first issue will be: *
July 1 – September 30 Fall (October)
October 1 – December 31 Spring (January)
January 1 – March 31 Spring (April)
April 1 – June 30 Summer (July)
*Back issues will no longer be mailed but are available as PDFs.
How do I change my mailing address?
You can Sign In to your NFA account and make the change or alternatively, contact the NFA Office. Bulk rate mail is not forwarded. The NFA will be responsible for one missed magazine in the event an address change crosses in the mail. Missed issues due to bad addresses are available at the back issue rate of $10 per copy for members. Non-members may purchase back issues at the rate of $12 each.
Am I able to purchase back issues of the Flutist Quarterly?
Yes; they are available through the NFA Store for $10.00 per issue, plus shipping.
I am having difficulty opening the Flutist Quarterly file downloaded from the NFA web site. What should I do?
The Flutist Quarterly is saved in the standard .PDF format. This format requires the free Adobe Reader software, available directly from Adobe. You may in fact already have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, although we recommend downloading and installing the latest version from Adobe if you do not already have it.

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