The Career and Artistic Development Committee is pleased to announce a call for Lightning Talks for the 2021 convention. Presenters of all levels are invited share innovative projects, fresh ideas, new approaches, and research in an exciting new format. Lightning Talks distill a larger topic into five minutes of the most relevant material. A 250-500 word abstract of your presentation is required for the application. Applicants will be notified by April 30. Invited presenters will work with a member of the Career and Artistic Development Committee to refine their presentations; participation is contingent upon submission of script drafts and video run-throughs of the presentation prior to the 2021 NFA convention. Presentations should contain no more than eight slides and font should be 40 pt or larger. Deadline: April 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. central
In writing your proposal and constructing your presentation, address the following questions:
Guidelines for Structuring Your Talk
To submit a proposal, use this form.
This committee brings together the entrepreneurial experience of several flutists:
The CAD committee offers both career and artistic development guidance, because we recognize the dynamic interdependence between the artistic and business aspects of every flutist's career. To serve our mission, we launched a mini-conference of workshops
at the 2010 Anaheim Convention, and they have since become a standard part of the National Flute Convention. Featured Guests have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Lillian Burkart, Flutronix, Cristina Ballatori, Alice K. Dade, Meret Bitticks,
Shanna Gutierrez, Stephanie Jutt, and Eva Amsler, among others. The CAD committee also sponsors the biennial NFA C.R.E.A.T.E. Project Competition. Established in 2014, this unique competition seeks to reward and encourage new thinking and viable,
innovative ideas with a seed grant.
We believe that the word "career" involves more than just earning money as a flutist. It's what shapes our path as artists and vice versa. Whether you're a full time flutist, an aspiring student, or an adult amateur, our committee has something to offer you!
2018 Winner: Iva Ugrčić, LunART Festival - LunART Festival's mission is to support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration; thus enriching our community and creating a welcoming space for learning and experimentation.
Sabrina Raber: Find Your Beat
April Cheung, Joanne Wheeler, Laura Pillman, Maria Gabriela Alvarado, and Stacey Chou: In Radiance
Natasha Hongsermeier-Graves: Musicians for Healing
2016 Winner: Jessica Sherer & Emma Shubin, Play It Forward - A nonprofit organization providing private music lesson scholarships. In exchange, students "play it forward" by volunteering their own time to help others.
Stacey Chou: In Radiance
Bonnie Cochran: In Concert
Michael Hoover: Chicago Symphonic Winds
2014 Winner: Shelley Martinson, Elizabeth Robinson, David Graham, Ashley Shank, Flute New Music Consortium - A 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to promoting new music for the flute by commissioning works, organizing premieres, and encouraging repeat performances.
Leonard Garrison: L’Atelier de flute: French Intermediate Flute Repertoire
Meg Griffith, Rik Noyce: Whole Musician: Mind, Movement, Music
Melinda Ostrander-Aviles: Flute Troops: Scouting for Flutists
Following is a list of websites designed to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.