The following is a list of the slate of candidates for NFA officers, their statements, and their biographies.
July is election month. Elections open July 1 and close on August 12 at 5:00 p.m. (CDT). The assistant secretary position is elected; the treasurer is ratified for a five-year term; and three board positions are ratified for three-year terms. The election results will be announced at the closing ceremonies of the 2017 NFA Convention.
For Treasurer (ratified)
One to be ratified for a four-year term. Primary duty is to maintain adequate books and financial records and control all funds and investments.
I am thrilled by the prospect of serving as treasurer of the NFA. I joined as a student in 1976 and always looked forward to the conventions, where I heard world-class flutists, participated in competitions, learned from great pedagogues, explored exhibits, discovered new music, and made new friends. Back then, I wouldn’t have believed I would become an accountant, but our paths aren’t always predictable. For a number of years I was immersed in the world of debits and credits, and sadly, my flutes stayed in their cases. When I moved to the Charlotte area in 1998, I started playing again, beginning my career as an amateur flutist. I attended the 2011 convention in Charlotte and was amazed by how the NFA had expanded—I heard jazz and baroque flutists, even flute orchestras! Now I play in one of those flute orchestras and serve on the NFA Finance Committee. I am grateful I can share my expertise as an accountant with the NFA, an organization that has provided so much to me.
Maury Wilkinson, flutist and accountant, lives in the Charlotte area. She serves as principal flutist of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs abroad with the International Flute Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Border Wind Quintet and flute quartet Silversmiths. Maury began her career as an accountant in Cleveland, holding various positions with an international manufacturing company. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2002. She was awarded a master of accounting degree from Cleveland State University and also earned certification as a CPA. Prior to her career change, she freelanced and cofounded the chamber ensemble Eklektikos, performing on modern and baroque flutes. She toured Europe with the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble and was second flutist of the Colorado Springs Symphony. Maury holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Illinois and Indiana University; primary teachers include Jacob Berg, Charles Delaney, and James Pellerite.
For Assistant Secretary (an elected position)
A two-year commitment; will serve one year as assistant secretary and the following year as secretary. One is elected.
Jennie Oh Brown
When I recall the most influential moments of my musical life, my memories often begin with the NFA convention in Chicago back in 1984. Since then, I have had the privilege of watching my mentors Walfrid Kujala and Bonita Boyd serve the NFA and pass on this legacy to their students. It’s in my musical DNA to view this work not only as an honor, but as a joy. I have performed and served at five NFA conventions thus far, and each one has been a whirlwind of inspiring ideas, beautiful music, and great times with friends. I hope my unique perspective might be of use to NFA members as a musician with a diversified and entrepreneurial career as a performer, teacher, writer, and administrator. Of all of the experiences I’ve enjoyed, perhaps the one most relevant to my nomination is my current position as the Secretary of the Board of New Music Chicago, a dynamic group of leaders and innovators. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to continuing to serve the NFA.
Jennie Oh Brown embraces the multi-faceted nature of a portfolio performing career. As an Innova Recording Artist, she performed in 2017 with the Innova Conglomerative at National Sawdust, New York, and released her album in 2015, Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner, to critical praise. Brown is an active performer throughout Chicago and serves as artistic director and flutist with the chamber ensemble Picosa. Additionally, as a member of the HearEnsemble, Brown will premiere a newly commissioned trio by Carter Pann in 2017 and will tour performing concerts and residencies. Brown teaches at Wheaton and Elmhurst Colleges, and she launched and continues to serve as director and faculty member of Credo Flute with Bonita Boyd and friends. She recently published articles in The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline Magazine. Eastman DMA, MM, Performers Certificate; Northwestern BM; Interlochen Arts Academy. JennieBrownFlute.com.
It would be my great pleasure to serve as assistant secretary on the NFA executive board. I distinctly remember attending my first NFA convention, at age 18, in Chicago. I then became aware of the breadth of our flute community and its inspiration and strength. I have brought my Penn State students to perform at two conventions and it was incredible to see the students experience the same realizations as I did in Chicago many years ago. I believe I am highly qualified to serve on the executive board as assistant secretary. My academic career at Penn State is built around teaching and performing, writing grants, and inspiring young adults to pursue a career in music. I have served on the Kingsville (Texas) Symphony Board as well as on several Penn State University committees. I am also on the board of the Mid Atlantic Flute Society. I greatly admire the service and dedication of the executive board members, and I would be honored if I would be given the opportunity to serve as well.
Naomi Seidman joined Penn State’s School of Music faculty in 2012. She has been an invited performer, judge, and presenter at NFA conventions and is a member of the Cultural Outreach and Development Committees. Seidman is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, a woodwind quintet comprised of Penn State faculty members. She also performs regularly with her husband, cellist Jonathan Dexter, as the JANO Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for both groups, Seidman is dedicated to expanding repertoire for these combinations of musicians. Seidman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts “Fast Track America Grant” and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture “Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.” In 2012, she created the Penn State Flute Day, an annual event bringing flutists of all ages to attend masterclasses and recitals given by renowned flutists. Naomiseidman.com.
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.
My first experience with the NFA was wonderful. I will forever be thankful for the support, generosity, and friendship I experienced at the Dallas Convention 2001—and have known ever since. Thus I am honored to serve on the board and contribute in a new way. My committee experience (Advisory, Career and Artistic Development, New Music, Oral History, International, and Myrna Brown), my presidency with Syrinx (an association for flute teachers in Austria), and my work guiding BA, MM, and DMA students have given me invaluable insights. My travel inspires, facilitates networking and cultural insight, and informs me of 21st-century trends and new repertoire. Through performing and teaching summer masterclasses, I stay involved with students of all levels and ages and expand my pedagogical knowledge. I am interested in musician’s health issues and stage anxiety, I love to advise young musicians, and I enjoy researching and writing. As a board member, I hope to share my experiences and service.
After 20 years of orchestral playing in Switzerland and teaching at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory in Austria, Eva Amsler became professor of flute at Florida State University and principal flutist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in 2001. A pioneer of authentic Baroque interpretation on modern flute and an advocate of contemporary music for flute, piccolo, and alto and bass flute, she enjoys a worldwide career performing and teaching. She tours with The Dorian Consort and with harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El, plays solo and chamber music at festivals and conventions, performs on Baroque flute with Bach Parley and Traverso Color, holds masterclasses, and has recorded CDs. Amsler has served on the Florida Flute Association board and is an active member of the NFA. At FSU, she has hosted numerous flute festivals. Principal teachers include Günter Rumpel, Aurèle Nicolet, and André Jaunet. Among her former students is Karl-Heinz Schütz, principal flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
When I think of the NFA, I think of community. Our organization includes flutists from different backgrounds, ages, and abilities sharing a common love of the instrument. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the exhibit hall at our convention. The excitement in the air and the chance to reunite with friends and colleagues from across the globe create an experience unlike any other. I have participated in the NFA as a student, a professional, and a commercial member. These vantage points give me a unique perspective that I am excited to share with the board of directors. I believe it is imperative that we connect even more young flutists with the NFA’s excellent resources, building a foundation for lifelong relationships. I am motivated to use my industry connections to reach out to aspiring flutists and develop new avenues for their involvement in the NFA. I also look forward to discussing innovative ways for commercial members to be active in the mission of the NFA all year long.
Sarah Hollandsworth is director of sales and marketing at J.L. Smith & Co. and leads the retail division of the company, including Flute World. Her career in the music industry began in 2007, when she was hired as a flute specialist at J.L. Smith. She fell in love with the role, which allowed her to blend her business sense with her connections to the flute community. Hollandsworth holds a MM in flute performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied with Trudy Kane. Her BM in flute performance is from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was a student of Tadeu Coelho and Philip Dunigan. In addition to her talent as a flutist, Hollandsworth works with players of all levels and ages to discover their distinct playing styles and individual performance needs. Along with her involvement in the NFA, she is a member of NAMM and is active in NAMM Young Professionals. She loves to travel and spend time with her resilient and always perky Pug, Lucy
We all remember our first convention. The din and excitement of the exhibition hall, celebrated flutists up close in recital, the giant concert halls, the nail-biting competitions, and the convention’s beautiful closing playing Bach together on Sunday afternoon. But beyond that, I have always been touched by the enthusiasm and support of flutists themselves, coming from every walk of life, students, teachers, and professionals alike, brought together through our devotion to our beautiful instrument. The cheering and heartfelt support that we flutists have for each other is our most powerful and treasured legacy. I’d like to join the national board of directors again because I’m very interested now in career guidance for flutists, in the art of survival for musicians in difficult times, and in the future of the NFA. I’ve served as a board member in the past, as well as program chair, and I am confident that my experience as a flutist and arts entrepreneur will be helpful to the NFA.
Stephanie Jutt performs new music, transcriptions, and traditional repertoire worldwide. She is professor of flute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and creator of UW-Madison Arts Enterprise, which provides career guidance, life strategies, and support for young artists. She is principal flutist of Madison Symphony and artistic director of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society chamber music festival (bachdancinganddynamite.org). Jutt makes new editions and arrangements for International Music Publishing. Her CDs include Latin American and Spanish Masterpieces (Albany). Jutt received first prize at the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis International Soloist competitions and was finalist in the International Walter W. Naumburg Competition. Her BM and MM are from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Pappoutsakis and Paula Robison; she studied an additional year with Marcel Moyse. Jutt has served as a board member and past program chair for the National Flute Association.