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February 28: New Sounds for Young Flutists (Youth Engagement Committee) [Member event]

March 7: Panel Discussion on Focal Dystonia (Performance Health Care Committee) [Member event]

March 28: Questions for Piccolo Experts (Piccolo Committee) [Member event]

April, date TBD: Event presented by the Jazz Committee [Member event]

April 25: Creative Paths (Career and Artistic Development Committee) [Member event]




New Sounds for Young Flutists

presented by the Youth Engagement Committee
Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. CST
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Join flutist extraordinaire Julietta Curenton for a workshop on extended techniques especially for flutists up to age 18. Julietta will perform Robert Dick's Fish are Jumping, cover how-tos for a variety of extended techniques, and take questions.


Julietta Curenton is a DC area flutist who performs at the intersection of classical, jazz, and gospel music. She has appeared with National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Imani Winds, among other acclaimed groups. Her debut album FOLK is forthcoming this year.




Panel Discussion on Focal Dystonia

presented by the Performance Health Care Committee
Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. CST
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Musician’s dystonia, a type of task-specific focal dystonia, is a neurological condition that can rob a musician of confidence, enjoyment of playing, and, often, their career. Since there is no treatment protocol that can consistently eradicate the symptoms of dystonia, musicians are usually given the devastating pronouncement that there is no cure, but there are flutists who have found ways to manage or resolve the condition and thrive in their careers. Our panelists will discuss their experiences with both hand and embouchure dystonia, including treatment and retraining methods they utilized, insights into dealing with dystonia, and thoughts on prevention.


Marcia DiFronzo taught flute and performed extensively in New England prior to developing focal dystonia. She is now a registered dietitian in Massachusetts, serves on the board of the Northeast MA Dietetic Association, and is on the Advisory Board for NFA’s Performance Health Care Committee.


Adah Toland Jones, professor of flute at Texas State University and principal flute with Austin Opera and Victoria Bach
Festival, plays frequently with Austin Symphony and is a frequent contributor to Flute Talk. She holds a BM, an MM, and a Performer’s Certificate from Eastman. Her DA degree is from Ball State University. She is a Burkart artist.

Andrée Martin teaches at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, and Summerflute. She serves on the boards of the Association for Body Mapping Education and the Atlanta Flute Club and has been published in The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk. She blogs at Observing Focal Dystonia.

Julianna Nickel, adjunct professor of flute at George Mason University, is an active recitalist, freelancer, and clinician in the U.S. More information found at Her newest endeavor is a career collaborative supporter for injured musicians.




Questions for Piccolo Experts

presented by the Piccolo Committee
Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. CST

An opportunity to ask professional piccoloists any questions you have about all aspects of playing the piccolo.


Cara Dailey is the Instructor of Flute at McLennan CC and first prize winner of the 2016 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition. She plays piccolo/third flute with the Waco and Temple Symphony Orchestras and is a regular substitute with the Alabama Symphony. She holds her BM from Baylor University and her MM from Northwestern University.

Erinn Frechette serves as Piccolo/Flute III of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Wingate University. She holds a DM from the University of Cincinnati.

Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. On faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, she succeeds Laurie Sokoloff in leading the only graduate program in the U.S. to offer both MM and GPD degrees in Piccolo.

Zachariah Galatis is solo piccoloist of the Oregon Symphony and was first prize winner of the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition in 2012. He holds a BM from Crane and earned his MM, Performance Diploma, and doctoral studies at Peabody. His teachers include Kenneth Andrews, Emily Skala, Laurie Sokoloff, and Marina Piccinini.

Regina Helcher Yost is 2nd Flute/Piccolo of the Charleston Symphony, Asst. Principal Flute/Piccolo of the Colorado Music Festival, Piccolo of the Savannah Philharmonic, core flutist of Chamber Music Charleston, and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Charleston Southern University.

Rachel Ordaz has held the Piccolo position with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra since 2012. In 2011 she earned her BM from Carnegie Mellon University with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza. She earned her MM in Piccolo Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in 2013, where she studied with Laurie Sokoloff.

Laurie Sokoloff was solo piccolo with the Baltimore Symphony for 48 years. She created the highly successful Masters Degree Program in Piccolo Performance at the Peabody Conservatory. In 2017, the National Flute Association presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ebonee Thomas is currently the Second Flute and Piccolo of The Dallas Opera. She completed a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony and received her BM from Southern Methodist University and her MM from the New England Conservatory of Music.

This event will be held via Zoom. Check back for registration information closer to the date of this event.

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