Each year, the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship provides financial assistance for a high school or undergraduate student flutist to attend the National Flute Association Convention. The ideal candidate is a serious
flute student who is eager to experience all that the NFA convention has to offer but whose financial situation prevents them from attending the event.
Recipients gain the means to attend the largest annual flute event in the world and the chance to participate in an enriching, immersive experience with renowned flute performers and ensembles from across the globe. Scholarship winners come away from the convention with insight, inspiration, and connections to help them further their flute musicianship and share what they’ve learned with their community.
The recipient of the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship will receive $1500, a complimentary pass to the annual convention, and a one-year membership with the NFA to take advantage of the organization's educational and professional resources. Since the 2021 convention will be a virtual convention, this year's winner will be given the choice to use the scholarship money for lessons and music-related expenses in 2021 or to attend the 2022 annual convention in Chicago, IL.
Chloe Tordi (2020 recipient):
I am honored to be selected as the 2020 recipient for the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, following in the footsteps of the outstanding recipients before me. The NFA convention provides countless musicians with incredible opportunities to grow as performers, students, and teachers among a diverse group of professionals, and I am elated to have the opportunity to attend the 2021 [virtual] convention.
Iman Williams (2019 recipient):
Walking around the convention center and seeing so many flutists from all over filled me with joy. It excited me to see many people from various backgrounds coming together for one common goal: to learn, appreciate, and create beautiful music. Among my most memorable moments was performing Danza de la Mariposa at the inaugural Flute Speakeasy Workshop with Amanda Harberg, Valerie Coleman, and Nicole Chamberlain. Being a part of this safe, non-judgmental environment and having the opportunity to perform before several heroes was very heartening and influential.
Davina Miaw (2018 recipient):I had an unbelievable time at my first NFA Convention in Orlando, thanks to support from the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship. Blaisdell was a trailblazer for female flutists, and it was an honor being part of her legacy through this scholarship.
Clara Loisch (2017 recipient):
Thanks to the financial support provided by the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, I was able to attend my first NFA convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the convention, I gleaned so many insights into the art of our craft as flute players. I was struck by the NFA’s broad exploration of advanced flute topics, quality masterclasses, and inspiring concerts. One of the most beneficial aspects of attending the convention was being able to observe world-renowned flute players in person. I had the opportunity to watch William Bennett in a masterclass, speak to leading flute players such as Leone Buyse and Bonita Boyd, and glean tips from the principals in the Los Angeles and Chicago symphony orchestras. In addition, I learned about the quality of tone and technique I should strive toward. It was an unforgettable experience, and I will carry the lessons learned at this convention with me far into the future. I am so grateful for the opportunities provided by this scholarship and strongly encourage all serious flutists to consider applying.
Taylor Gaines (2015 recipient):I am so grateful to have been a recipient of the Fances Blaisdell Scholarship, without which I would not have been able to attend the convention at any point during my college career. The conference was both educational and inspiring to me a flutist and as a Music Education student. I learned so much about music advocacy programs, the flutist’s well-being, and flute technique that I was able to put to use upon returning home, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the best flutists the world has to offer in concert. I was able to attend and take notes in masterclasses given by Marianne Gedigian and Jonathan Keeble, both of which were immensely helpful and inspirational. Being able to finally attend the National Flute Association conference was a very special and inspirational experience, and I hope to attend many more in the future.
Melissa Cheng (2013 recipient):
It was such an honor to be a Blaisdell Scholar. I am grateful to Frances Blaisdell for paving the way for female flutists in the professional orchestra world. Because of the scholarship I was able to have valuable and memorable experiences at the 2013 Convention, including playing in a masterclass with Marianne Gedigian and competing in the High School Competition.
I am now a rising junior at Boston University studying with Renee Krimsier. My time at the convention really inspired and motivated me to pursue my dream of becoming a professional flutist. Hearing all the musicians at the convention and learning more about their backgrounds, including Frances Blaisdell, has shown me that hard work and perseverance are the key to success.
Hannah Hammel (2012 recipient):
I am so grateful for being a recipient of the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship from the National Flute Association. I received this in 2012 and was able to attend the convention for the first time. At the convention, I played in a masterclass for Peter Lukas-Graf as a winner of the Masterclass Performer Competition. That was an incredible experience and I learned so much. That summer I also met Leone Buyse. Since then, I have taken a lesson with her and applied to study with her at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where I will be attending next year. I am so appreciative for the scholarship and for the opportunities it enabled me to have.