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Announcing the 2024 Speaker Series

Dec 19, 2023, 21:45 PM by Noah Cline

The National Flute Association is pleased to announce the 2024 Speaker Series, which will feature enriching conversations with Vanessa Rose (American Composers Forum), Loki Karuna (formerly Garrett McQueen, American Composers Orchestra and TRILLOQUY) and Kevin Kwan Loucks (Chamber Music America). 

The 2024 Speaker Series is a project of the NFA Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA) Committee and is made possible with funding from the NFA Endowment. 

Events in the Speaker Series, which will be held online over Zoom, will be free and open to the public. No NFA membership is required to attend. Anyone wishing to attend can register in advance to receive the meeting link. 

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Vanessa Rose | American Composers Forum
Jan. 23, 2024 | 7-8:30 p.m. CST

Join our chat with Vanessa Rose, Executive Director for the American Composers Forum (ACF) about how to engage your community in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility work, and why it matters. Members of NFA IDEA Committee will interview Vanessa on how she has approached - and learned from - the work at ACF with an open Q and A session for attendees at the end. Click here to register. 

Loki Karuna (formerly Garrett McQueen) | American Composers Orchestra, TRILLOQUY
Feb. 13, 2024 | 7-8:30 p.m. CST

In many countries around the world, the phrase “classical music” is used to celebrate the aesthetics and musical traditions that define the cultures of its individuals and local communities. In the United States, however, this phrase comes with a tradition of Euro-centricity that fails to acknowledge the unique contributions made by historically marginalized communities to the world of “classical" musics. In this session, Loki Karuna will highlight the ways in which his work as a media producer and arts administrator dismantle these narratives, intersect with the activism of the past and present, and decolonize the phrase “classical music” as a means of creating and codifying a renewed and more equitable musical ecosystem in the United States. Click here to register. 

Kevin Kwan Loucks | Chamber Music America
March 12, 2024 | 7-8:30 p.m. CST

This session will feature a conversation with Kevin Kwan Loucks, who has cultivated a distinguished leadership profile founded on artistic excellence, entrepreneurship, and innovative strategic design. Mr. Loucks was appointed CEO of Chamber Music America in 2021 after co-founding Chamber Music | OC and serving as Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Click here to register.