Mark Thomas, Founder and Honorary Life President of the National Flute Association, is internationally known as a soloist and recording artist, and has made appearances in 49 states and 20 foreign countries. Together with Philip Swanson and Walfrid Kujala, he founded the NFA in 1972 and served as the organization’s first president. He has performed before royalty and heads of state of Europe and Asia and has appeared at the White House before four presidents of the United States. He has served on the artist faculties of George Washington University, the American University, the University of Notre Dame, and most recently the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where the College of Arts and Sciences presented him with the prestigious Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (2001), the only music faculty member ever to be so honored. Many of his former students are members of major symphony orchestras and university faculties. Over the years, he has served as artistic design consultant and educational liaison for many leading flute manufacturers. He studied with Emil Opava, Britton Johnson, and William Kincaid, and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. His Mark Thomas Flute Method, a progressive series, is used by teachers world wide. Thomas is a consulting editor of Flute Talk magazine and is listed in The International Who’s Who in Music, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and Who’s Who in America. He has recorded on the Golden Crest and Columbia record labels.