Press and Media

The National Flute Association, a not for profit institution, is the largest flute organization in the world. Its mission is "To enrich the musical lives of flutists." It was founded to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature. Members include leading soloists, orchestral players, college and university professors, adult amateurs, and students of all ages. NFA annual conventions are held in major cities in the U.S. See Annual Convention for more information.

 

OVERVIEW

Founded in 1972, and headquartered in Chicago, IL, the not-for-profit National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world with more than 5,000 members worldwide including leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz performers, composers, flute scholars, students, teachers, adult amateurs, flute makers, music publishers and flute enthusiasts. The organization boasts the largest lending library of flute music internationally with a catalogue of more than 15,000 works. Dedicated to inspiring young artists, NFA has numerous scholarship programs for continuing education including cultural outreach scholarships in 15 U.S. and non-U.S. cities. Its effort in the area of music commissioning has resulted in more than 65 outstanding new works for both flute and piccolo.

MISSION

To enrich the musical lives of flutists; to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature.

MEMBERSHIP

NFA members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz, beatbox, and world music flutists, college and university teachers, adult amateurs, students of all ages—and even astronauts. Membership levels include: Active, Student, Life, Library and Flute Club Membership. Commercial Memberships include flute makers, music publishers and related businesses, many of whom exhibit at NFA conventions.

LEADERSHIP

From its inception, the NFA has been driven by leadership of exceptional vision and caliber, flutists whose lives—as performers, scholars, pedagogues and composers—illustrate the aspirations of the organization they shape. Past presidents, program chairs and committee chairs have included principal flutists of leading American orchestras, top-tier soloists, chamber musicians and professors at the foremost conservatories and universities.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The NFA provides financial support for promising students:
Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship, named for the pioneering pedagogue and flutist, provides financial assistance to a U.S. student to attend the NFA convention.
Myrna Brown International Scholarship, named for the NFA’s first executive director and a passionate advocate for cultural exchanges through music, provides financial assistance to a flutist from a non-U.S. country to attend the NFA convention.
Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship prize is awarded to the NFA High School Soloist Competition first-place winner for further flute study with any teacher who is a member of the NFA.
Deveau Scholarship is awarded for the outstanding performance of the NFA High School Soloist Competition commissioned work. 

   

NFA SPONSORED COMPETITIONS

Solo:
-Young Artist
-Piccolo Artist
-Baroque Flute Artist
-High School Soloist
-Convention Performers
-Jazz Soloist

 

Masterclass:
-Solo Performers
-Piccolo
-Jazz Flute
-Baroque Flute
-Orchestral Audition

Flute Choir:
-Professional
-Collegiate
-High School
-Jazz Flute Big Band

Nonperforming
-Graduate Research
-Newly Published Music
-Arts Venture
-Flute Choir Composition

COMMISSIONS

The NFA is a significant national and international player in the commissioning of new works. The organization has sheparded more than 65 new works since 1980. Commissioned composers include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix de Rome, the Naumberg, Guggenheim and many other national and international awards. They have been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Order of Canada and other prestigious organizations.

CONVENTIONS

The NFA annual convention is attended by more than 3000 flutists, composers, flute scholars, flute makers, music publishers and flute enthusiasts from around the world.  The convention features the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the NFA National Service Award plus gala concerts, workshops, seminars and recitals. Comprehensive Convention Program Books contain programs, schedule, biographies, indeces and more flute- and convention-related information.  

LIBRARY

The NFA Music Library is the world’s largest lending library of flute music. Located at the University of Arizona Fine Arts Library in Tucson, AZ, the library has a collection of more than 15,000 scores. The collections hold both rare editions and out-of-print scores.

FLUTE COLLECTIONS

NFA helps to maintain the extensive Dayton C. Miller flute collection at the Library of Congress.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal:            The Flutist Quarterly
FQ PLUS
Catalogue:        Listing of NFA library

REGIONAL CLUBS

NFA maintains a liaison with more than 200 U.S. flute clubs.