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Performance Healthcare Committee


The NFA Performance Health Care Committee is dedicated to serving the needs of flutists of all ages and backgrounds by connecting them with resources to help treat and prevent performance-based injuries, promote mental health awareness, and encourage and foster a community of support and awareness for the various issues musicians face on a daily basis.  The committee includes a group of medical professionals, researchers in the field of performing arts health, teachers, and clinicians that provide year-round resources to members of the National Flute Association, as well as organize and present many performing arts health-related workshops and clinics and host a booth in the exhibition hall at the annual convention.

Committee Members

Angela McCuiston, Chair

Cynthia Rugolo, Past Chair
Francesca Leo
Joanna Cowan White
Steve Mitchell, MD ENT
Kristen Gygi
Lisa Garner
Marilyn R. First
Sandra Cox
Susan Mayer, LMT 
Dr. Kathy Mellott, AuD
Ellen Shapiro
Chip Shelton, DDS
Michael Treister, MD
Michael S. Weinstein, MD
Lee VanDusen, AuD



Following is a list of websites designed to help connect flutists of all ages and backgrounds to resources providing information regarding performance-related injury treatment and prevention, mental health research and awareness, and research from our current and past committee members and other professionals in the community of performing arts health and beyond:
Athletes and the Arts:
Specifically for Nutrition: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND),
 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Essential Exercises for Musicians - Angela McCuiston
Everything the Musician Needs to Know About the Body - Barbara Conable
Body Mapping for Flutists - Dr. Lea Pearson
The Use of the Self - F.M. Alexander
Awareness Through Movement - Mosche Feldenkrais
Performance Success - Performing Your Best Under Pressure - Don Greene
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique - Michael Gelb


The Hidden Benefits of Strength Training
A Fresh Approach to Resolving Performance-Related Stress
Flute Pain: Is the keyed, Boehm system, End Blown Flute a Viable Adjunct?


NFA Committees Blog (coming soon)