The Winter 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an obituary of composer Katherine Hoover. After her death in September 2018, flutists posted comments and videos commemorating her best-known work, “Kokopeli.” Find remeniscences and performances of the ionic work here.
A professional flutist joined the sister of luminary Elaine Shaffer to cement the renowned performer’s legacy at the school where she honed her craft. See more about the new archives here.
Leone Buyse, who recalls her long friendship with the late Fenwick Smith in the winter 2018 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, shares an essay he wrote about the age-old question: “Flutist or Flautist?”
The Myrna Brown Dine-Around, held every summer at the Annual NFA Convention, offers flutists a chance to get to know others from around the country over a casual meal. Hosted in memory of early NFA administrator Myrna Brown, who was a strong proponent of collegiality among flutists, the Dine-Around is a great way for first-time convention attendees to break the ice and forge new connections or simply learn more about the convention itself.
by Kate Blair
The author pondered key moments in her musical past and what made them so memorable, and asks how she can continue to live a life of powerful musical memories. She invites others to join in.
by Molly Barth
In 2006, the author suffered the first blow from what would become a long and complex battle with focal dystonia. Her rigorous research skills and the support of friends, colleagues, and medical specialists helped her move forward. Her thorough article presents an overview, advice, and resources about this baffling and debilitating disorder.
by Joanna Cowan White
Created centuries ago, the fujara flute is one of a small family of overtone flutes featuring a distinctive sound and an unusual appearance. The author performed at the 2016 Annual NFA Convention. He answers questions he is frequently asked.
by Bob Rychlik
How do we discuss artistry? Can it be defined? Taught? How do we recognize it? What is this elusive thing that we all know, yet find so difficult to articulate? The author has embarked on a book project to explore these and other questions. Excerpts from her interviews follow.
by Claudia Anderson
The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by Shannon Heaton with guidance on playing Irish flute music. Find online samples and further resources here.
by Shannon Heaton
The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by Natalie Farrell. Find online samples and further resources here.
by Natalie Farrell
The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by John Walker exploring Latin American composers. Find an online performance by one of them here.
by John Walker
The year 2016 marks the retirement of many notable flutists following long and fruitful careers. We profile four of them here.
by Walfrid Kujala, Kaili Maimets, Paul Taub, and Zachariah Galatis
The National Music Museum’s special exhibit featured outstanding collections of historical flutes—donated by two National Flute Association champions: Betty Bang Mather and Richard Hahn.
by Deborah Reeves
Flute scholar Tom Moore introduces the French flutist, born 200 years ago this year and today known mostly for the Louis Lot flute made for him. Included is an extensive listing to date of his considerable output.
by Tom Moore
On the occasion of the celebrated flutist’s 85th birthday, the Chicago Flute Club names an annual competition for him. A member of that club and of the NFA interviews him about his life and livelihood.
by Erin Kendall Murphy
Baroque performance practices specialist and NFA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Betty Bang Mather and her longtime publishing colleague Dean M. Karns discuss borrowed features from Psalm 136 in the first air of J.S. Bach’s Overture-Suite in B Minor.
by Betty Bang Mather and Dean M. Karns
Longtime Chicago Symphony flutist, pedagogue, and NFA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Walfrid Kujala offers a full, gently worded compendium of publication errors that he has found over the years.
The chair of the NFA’s Low Flutes Committee and an active flute choir director shares this updated review of outstanding published pieces for flutists looking to perform a low flute solo with a flute choir. read more
by Christine Potter
One hundred and four flutists “migrated” through New York’s Guggenheim museum last November, walking through the vertical, circular building while making music. Were they lost? Not at all: they were participants in the U.S. premiere of a work by Salvatore Sciarrino whose title translates to “cutting the circle of sounds.” read more
by Elizabeth Buck
After his visit 40 years ago with the inventor of a “modern” computerized flute system, this author wonders: What happened? read more
by Walfrid Kujala