Our Mission

Inspiring Flutists, Enriching Lives


Our Vision

The National Flute Association will be known as a premier resource worldwide, valued by its members and relevant to all interested in music and the flute.


NFA Core Values

As a premier organization for the flute, the NFA:

  • Honors, values, and respects the contributions of all members equally.
  • Promotes collegiality and embodies integrity.
  • Draws strength from our diversity and provides meaningful experiences to all members.
  • Promotes flute performance, pedagogy, and development by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas.
  • Enriches the repertoire for the flute through commissioning, special publications, and related activities. Inspires and cultivates personal, professional, and artistic excellence.

Key Milestones

  • Approximately 4,000 members, from all 50 states and 50 countries
  • 43 conventions and counting
  • NFA Music Library—the largest lending library of flute music in the world, where NFA members have access to a collection of more than 15,000 works
  • Cultural outreach scholarships in 15 cities
  • Extensive music commissioning activities, including new works annually for the Young Artist and High School Soloist competitions and biennially for the Piccolo Artist competition
  • Liaison with more than 200 U.S. flute clubs


The Flutist Quarterly magazine; The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology; Kincaidiana; My Complete Story of the Flute: the Instrument, the Performer, the Music, by Leonardo de DeLorenzo; The Oxford Anthology of American Music; two guidebooks of selected flute repertoire (A Graded Guide for Teachers and A Graded Guide of Etudes, Daily Studies, and Method Books), and five CDs in the NFA’s Historical Series (William Kincaid, Joseph Mariano, Robert Willoughby, Maurice Sharp, and Frances Blaisdell)


Nineteen competitions:

   Baroque Flute Artist
   Convention Performers
   High School Soloist
   Jazz Artist
   Piccolo Artist
   Young Artist
   Baroque Flute
   Jazz Flute
   Orchestral Audition
Flute Choir
   High School
   Jazz Flute Big Band
   Arts Venture
   Flute Choir Composition
   Graduate Research
   Newly Published Music