NFA Candidates

The following is the slate of NFA board candidates, their statements, and their biographies. Vote now!

Elections open July 1 and close on August 11 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The vice president-president elect and assistant secretary/secretary positions are elected; three board positions are ratified for three-year terms. The election results will be announced at the closing ceremonies of the 2018 NFA Convention.

For Vice President/President-Elect (two years each position, 2018–2022)
A four-year commitment; will serve two years as vice president/president-elect and the following two years as president. One is elected.

Linda Toote

Linda Toote

I am honored to have been nominated to run for the office of vice president/president-elect of the National Flute Association, an organization remarkable for the infinite abilities of its membership. As the program chair of the 2009 New York convention, I didn’t anticipate the willingness—eagerness—of the membership to put in hours of effort, usually anonymously, to further the common goal. This is the aspect of the NFA that is its greatest value. Ours is, for the most part, a solitary pursuit: hours alone in a practice room with a metronome (and a tuner!) pursuing perfection. But the NFA makes a whole out of thousands of individuals. The NFA has provided me many educational and artistic opportunities: I have taken part as a board member, program chair, adjudicator, concerto soloist, recitalist, and panelist. To partially repay what I see as a debt for these opportunities, I hope to have the opportunity to serve the NFA for the benefit of its present and, especially, its future members.

A native of New York, Linda Toote is principal flutist of the Boston Lyric Opera and performs with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops and Esplanade orchestras, frequently as soloist. She has been principal flutist with the Tampa, Atlanta, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras and the Santa Fe and Lake George Opera orchestras. Toote is on the faculty at Boston University and Boston Conservatory. During summer she teaches at the Aria Institute, has coached chamber music and masterclasses at Tanglewood, and is director of the Flute Workshop of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. Toote is on the board of the NFA and was program chair for the its 2009 annual convention, which drew a record-breaking attendance of over 4,600 flutists. Her recordings include works with the Atlanta Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and Boston Pops. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with John Wion, Toote also was a student of Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University.

Penny Zent

Penny Zent

What an honor to be nominated for vice president/president elect of the NFA Board!

Having recently served as treasurer and executive committee member for four years, I had the opportunity to learn the inner workings of the NFA by serving under three board presidents.

My background includes not only a long history of performing and teaching (over 35 years as principal flutist with the Brazos Valley Symphony), but a 37-year career managing Texas A&M’s NPR station focused on classical music and the arts. For 16 years I served as development officer for both radio and TV, acquiring the fundraising skills so important in the nonprofit world.

I believe the key to success both personally and professionally is in public service. Over the past 35 years I’ve served on many non-profit boards, including:

  • United Way (board chair, marketing chair, nominating chair)
  • Children’s Miracle Network (marketing chair)
  • Brazos Valley Symphony Society (orchestra chair)
  • Prenatal Clinic (secretary, board chair)
  • National Friends of Public Broadcasting (vice chair, treasurer)

I would be proud to serve as vice president/president elect and look forward to giving back to the NFA, which has given so much to me.

Penny Zent has been the principal flutist of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra since 1984 and is founding member/director of the Brazos Breeze Flute Choir. She was previously a member of the Corpus Christi Symphony and the Brazos Wind Symphony and has performed as soloist with numerous symphonies and wind bands in Texas. Zent recently retired as station manager for KAMU-FM, an NPR/PRI/APM affiliate at Texas A&M University, where she served for 37 years. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society and vice chair and treasurer of the National Friends of Public Broadcasting, and recently served as treasurer of the National Flute Association. Zent has performed in Eastern Europe, Russia, Finland, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Holland, China, Japan, and Ireland as member and concertmistress of the International Flute Orchestra. She is also the managing director of the Brazos Chamber Players and member of Flutes on the Bayou. Zent majored in flute performance at the University of Houston, where she studied with Byron Hester.

For Assistant Secretary/Secretary (one year each position, 2018–2020)
A two-year commitment; will serve one year as assistant secretary and the following year as secretary. One is elected.

Nicole Molumby

Nicole Molumby

It is with enthusiasm and genuine sincerity that I accept the nomination to serve the NFA board of directors as assistant secretary. I am a long-time member of the NFA and have experienced many levels of the organization as a student, competition participant, performer, adjudicator, and coordinator. Since 2012, I have worked to extend international collaborations through the Myrna Brown International Scholarship Program. During my time as coordinator, I hosted flutists from Argentina, Croatia, and Hungary as well as transitioned the competition from a paper application to an online submission process. Currently, I am completing my three-year term as performance chair on the College Music Society’s national board; this experience has prepared me for the important work with the National Flute Association. I look forward to my next chapter within the NFA and to actively serve the organization that has supported my development as a professional flutist.

Nicole Molumby is a professor at Boise State University. In 2012, she received Idaho Commission on the Arts and BSU Arts and Humanities fellowships for her contributions and performances of newly commissioned music by Blaž Pucihar and Črt Sojar Voglar. Her 2013 CD is Awakening: 21st Century Slovenian Flute Music. She is a guest artist and coordinator of Passion Flute summer course and has adjudicated for the Horsfall Flute, Music Teachers National Association Regional Woodwind, Indiana Music Education, Ohio Music Education, and Montana Flute Festival competitions. With the NFA, she has been the Myrna Brown International Scholarship Liaison and judged the Collegiate Flute Choir. She is performance chair on the College Music Society board and is a Level 1 Certified Integrative Restoration, iRest teacher. Her DMA is from Ohio State University with Katherine Borst Jones; her RNCM (MM) is with Peter Lloyd, and her BM and BME are from the University of Northern Iowa with Angeleita Floyd.

Linda Pereksta

Linda Pereksta

I feel honored to be nominated for assistant secretary. I’ve been attending our conventions since college, and the NFA has been a continual source of information, inspiration, and new perspectives. I’ve performed and presented many times and have grown more deeply involved in the work of the organization through the years: volunteering at my first convention, participating in masterclasses and competitions, coordinating competitions, then serving as a committee member, committee chair, and member of the editorial advisory board. In these roles, I’ve learned a great deal from my peers and mentors and advocated for changes and improvements where I believed they should and could be made. At my university, I am serving a second term on faculty senate, organized a successful annual scholarship fundraising event, and have hosted the state flute festival on our campus. If given the opportunity to serve as secretary, I know that I could make a useful contribution to the work of the board.

Linda Pereksta is associate professor of flute at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She plays Piccolo with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and previously was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Arkansas and Memphis Symphony Orchestras. An accomplished historical flutist, Pereksta has performed with the Spire Baroque Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and Baroque Southeast. Her teachers have included Betty Bang Mather, Charles DeLaney, Colin St. Martin, and Robert Willoughby, and she has had additional studies with Claire Guimond and Rachel Brown. Pereksta serves on the NFA’s editorial advisory board, is editor of TRAVERSO, and has written for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk. She is a two-time prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, and her doctoral treatise, “20th-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of its Graduate Research Competition.

For the NFA Board of Directors (ratified)
Three to be ratified for a three-year term. Primary duty is to participate in all meetings of the board and to assist in the implementation of the policies and projects adopted by the board.

Jason Bernhard

Jason Blank

We live in different times than when the NFA was founded. Technology has connected us, but the ability to qualify the deluge of information has not caught up. Communicating and networking are easier, but there are gaps in access for many flutists. Pedagogy is no longer solely delegated to large population areas, but there is still disparity in access to quality repair and diverse sets of instruments. NFA has never had the monopoly on bringing like-minded flutists together: there are older organizations and an exponential growth of new, local flute clubs. The uniqueness of NFA lies in its scope and size, making it best suited to ensure inclusion of all flutists as we define and expand our common interests no matter the flutist’s background. Answers need not come from expending more resources. Bringing together professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, students, flute clubs, flute dealers, and manufacturers in open dialog, we have all the tools we need. I look forward to being part of that conversation.

Jason Blank, flutist, author, and businessman, owns Bernhard Hammig North America, the sole distributer of Bernhard Hammig’s Handmade flutes and the Mezzo flute in North America, and is vice president of sales for Maple Leaf Strings. A student of Jean Larson and Jeffery Khaner, his BM is from Southern Methodist University. He has performed with the Delaware Symphony and Texas A&M and Wilmington orchestras and was the first freshman in Southern Methodist’s history to win the school concerto competition. He has been a guest artist/lecturer at the NFA convention, festivals and educator conferences, and universities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Blank taught in the studio in Dallas and Houston before becoming an artist for the Wm. S. Haynes Flute Company, eventually also serving as product manager. In Boston, he was regional sales manager for Haynes/Eastman Music for its Northeast Territory. Blank performs and lectures on entrepreneurship and music, key to the health of both musicians and the music business.

Lisa Bost-Sandberg

Lisa Bost-Sandberg

We work. The minutes add up, tasks get checked off, and more emails flow in. Unexpected challenges arise. Exciting initiatives morph into hours of details and review. As chair of the New Music Advisory Committee, I am amazed by the commitment and the accomplishments of our work and of the NFA. Service isn’t easy; we don’t work for the moment, but for the future. This future is in August, when we come together for music, for friendship, and to continue carving out our legacy. This future is in 2022, when we celebrate 50 years as a community, and in 2072—a future that I have no doubt will be greater than we can currently envision. It is rich work because of the music, the joy, and the people of the present, but also because of the stronger and more diverse organization we continue to build. I have been honored to serve with the many individuals who work daily to shape this future, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to continue my work for the NFA as a board member.

Lisa Bost-Sandberg is a flutist, composer, and improviser deeply committed to contemporary music as well as its rich roots in the classical repertoire. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed across the United States and Europe, including National Flute Association conventions, new music festivals (SEAMUS, EMM, Pixilerations, Spark, and SCI), and guest appearances at universities. She has recorded on the Albany, GIA, and North Texas Jazz labels. Bost-Sandberg is the instructor of flute at the University of North Dakota, teaches composition at the University of Mary, and is a flute instructor at the International Music Camp. She currently serves the NFA as chair of the New Music Advisory Committee and as a member of the Archives and Oral History Committee. She received her degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA, related field in composition), New York University (MA), and the University of Iowa (BM). Visit lisabost.com.

Caen Thomason-Redus

Caen Thomason-Redus

Gradually working my way through my third decade of membership in the National Flute Association, I continue to benefit from friendships, professional support, and musical inspiration. At each stage of my own development, the NFA has been there in a unique and critical way. We are privileged to have an organization like this in our lives, and it would be my goal as a board member of the NFA to actively extend this privilege to an increasingly diverse population of flutists across our country and beyond. My past NFA service includes many years on the Cultural Outreach Committee, briefer stints as the Young Artist Competition recorded round chair and member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and as a performer at several conventions. I am grateful for all that NFA members have done for me in my career, and it would be an honor to serve you as a member of the board.

Caen Thomason-Redus is an accomplished performer, teacher, recording artist, and arts administrator who creates unique performances for diverse audiences. Previously holding several principal flute positions, performing for two seasons as the Fellow in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and teaching at universities such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Evansville, and Wayne State University, he is currently the Community Catalyst at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a freelance performer. He is on the board of Early Music Now, serves on several national committees, and is a Muramatsu Artist. Thomason-Redus earned performance degrees from Rice University and the University of Redlands and did additional studies at the University of Michigan and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. His teachers included Leone Buyse, Jeff Zook, Mark Sparks, Candice Palmberg, and Yaada Weber. He is married to hornist Kristi Crago, and they enjoy spending lots of time with their three young children.

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