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October events:

October 17: Updating the NFA Repertoire Guide 

October 24: Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Session: BIPOC [Member event]

October 31: The Low-Down on Low Flutes

November events:

November 7: Speech and Imagery in C. P. E. Bach's Solo Sonata

November 14: Making Your Warm-Up Count

November 21: Adult Amateur Competition Winners' Concert and Conversation

November 28: Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Session: LGBTQIA+ [Member event]

December events:

December 5: Intentional Fluting: Practicing vs. Playing

December 12: Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Session: Accessibility [Member event]

December 19: Jazz Flute Big Band Holiday Play-Along [Starts at 7:00 p.m. central]

 

 

 

Updating the NFA Repertoire Guide

Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Five members of the NFA pedagogy guide task force discuss the process of updating Selected Flute Repertoire and Studies in 2021. The entire philosophy of the guide changed since its last publication in 2009, having evolved from a print publication into an online searchable data base. The main goal of this new revision is to include a greater diversity of composers in keeping with the NFA's goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to help all flutists, students, and teachers to discover a wealth of literature rated by difficulty level.

Participants will learn new ways of finding recommended solo flute repertoire and study material by composers of a great diversity of backgrounds, will learn how the "standard repertoire" has evolved, and hear about some gems by composers outside the traditional canon.

Presenters:

Mary Byrne
Brian Dunbar
Cassandra Eisenreich
Leonard Garrison
Rebecca Johnson

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Session: BIPOC

presented by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. central
(for NFA members)

These affinity sessions are focused on creating a sense of community and belonging among flutists who self-identify or are committed to the work of diversity and inclusion in the NFA as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and accessibility affinity groups. 

Affinity groups can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and become more connected. During affinity group sessions, participants might share and talk about their experiences or focus on working toward a particular mission or goal. We all benefit from interactions with people who share common identities or experiences. These virtual events will not be recorded and constitute an ongoing effort to actively advocate for our flute community’s diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

This session is for NFA members who identify as Black, indigenous, or people of color.

Host: 

Paula Gudmundson


 

 

 

The Low-Down on Low Flutes

presented by the Low Flutes Committee
Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. central

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Low Flutes Committee The Low Down on Low Flutes

Join us at the bewitching hour of 2:00 p.m. central on Halloween (October 31) for a chat about all-things-low. We will be ready to share insights and respond to any questions you may have about low flute repertoire, tone production, accessories, instrumental assembly, maintenance, and more. Costumes for flutists and low flutes are optional, but we will have a HalLOWeen FLUTE costume contest. Pictures of winners will be posted on the NFA Low Flutes Committee web page. Why not get dressed up to chat with us and then be ready for your Halloween fun? Let's all GO LOW!

Presenters:

Deborah Rebeck Ash
Nicholas Buonanni
Mariana Gariazzo
Marion Garver
Paige Dashner Long
Dorli McWayne
Chris Potter
Meerenai Shim
Brice Smith
Lynne Stukart 

 

 

 

Speech and Imagery in C. P. E. Bach's Solo Sonata

Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Music-making is often compared to storytelling, which combines speech with imagery to create an emotional impact on the listener. Drawing parallels from fine art photography and the art of oratory found in historical sources, flutists Teddie Hwang and Na'ama Lion will demonstrate how these principles give insight into understanding musical content, context, and interpretation in C. P. E. Bach's Sonata in A minor. In the latter part of the workshop, there will be a chance to experiment with applying the presented principles in one's own interpretation. Volunteers may share their experiences and findings by playing short passages from the piece. The workshop concludes with a Q & A discussion as time permits.

It is no question that music-making is more than just creating beautiful sounds and playing notes perfectly. By learning about visualization and oratory skills, participants will walk away with tools and ideas on how one can bring depth, understanding, and eloquence to the performance of the C. P. E. Bach sonata. Beyond the sonata, these ideas are applicable to much of the music we play. The session aims to inspire and promote the internalization of music based on conscious and informed choices in interpretation, which then enables freedom in expression. Ultimately, this leads to an overall enriching and engaging performance. To get the most out of the workshop, participants are encouraged to study the sonata beforehand.

Presenters: 

Na'ama Lion
Teddie Hwang

 

 

 

Making Your Warm-Up Count

Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Having a clear vision about your OUTCOME as you ENTER the practice room can be the most liberating experience! This session is designed to reduce practice room frustration and maximize gains and goals for every level of student, from elementary school to the adult amateur. The process is remarkably similar at every level…the challenges of the music are very different! 

Presenter: 

Cindy Ellis

 

 

 

 

Adult Amateur Competition Winners' Concert and Conversation

Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This year, the NFA held its first Adult Amateur Competition. Join the winners, Miriam Nussbaum and Jane Sandstrom, and competition coordinator Christina Condon for a performance and conversation. Miriam Nussbaum will perform Sonata for Flute and Piano, Mvts 2-4 by Mélanie Bonis, and Jane Sandstrom will perform Suite pointillistique, Mvts 1-3 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert.


Presenters: 

Christina Condon (host)
Miriam Nussbaum
Jane Sandstrom

 

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Session: LGBTQIA+

presented by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. central
(for NFA members)
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The National Flute Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be hosting ongoing affinity group virtual events. These virtual events are focused on creating a sense of community and belonging among flutists who self-identify or are committed to the work of diversity and inclusion in the NFA as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and Accessibility affinity groups. 

Affinity groups can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and become more connected. During affinity groups participants might share and talk about their experiences or focus on working towards a particular mission or goal.  We all benefit from interactions with people who share common identities or experiences. These virtual events will not be recorded and is an ongoing effort to actively advocate for our flute community’s diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

This session is for NFA members who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Host: 

Meg Griffith

 

 

 

Intentional Fluting: Practicing vs. Playing

Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Hardware store bass flute

This workshop is designed to help individuals explore how to be more intentional with their flute through understanding practicing versus playing. We’ll dive into the nuances of both types of flute sessions and how to use them to engage more deeply with our flute and music, especially as our lives and goals change over time. We’ll cover the potential benefits and pitfalls of overdoing practicing or playing, and we’ll briefly discuss how teachers can have these conversations with students. There will be time at the end for questions and discussion.

Presenters: 

James Brinkmann

 

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Session: Accessibility

presented by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. central
(for NFA members)
Click here to register.

The National Flute Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be hosting ongoing affinity group virtual events. These virtual events are focused on creating a sense of community and belonging among flutists who self-identify or are committed to the work of diversity and inclusion in the NFA as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and Accessibility affinity groups. 

Affinity groups can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and become more connected. During affinity groups participants might share and talk about their experiences or focus on working towards a particular mission or goal.  We all benefit from interactions with people who share common identities or experiences. These virtual events will not be recorded and is an ongoing effort to actively advocate for our flute community’s diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

This session is for NFA members who identify as living with disabilities.

Host: 

Katherine Lewis

 

 

 

Jazz Flute Big Band Holiday Play-Along

Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. central
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Our "Jazz Flute Big Band Holiday Play-Along" by the Japan Jazz Flute Big Band was a smashing hit last year, and we are going to have the great fun again this year! This event is open to all flute lovers, whether jazz or classical players. All you need to do is simply download the part you would like to play. That's it. C'mon and let's swing into the holiday spirit!

Presenters: 

Yuko Hoshi
Japan Jazz Flute Big Band