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You're invited to our fall 2022 event series! Taking place on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. central, these interactive Zoom events were crafted with the flute community in mind, designed to inspire and connect. All events are open to the public and free of charge, but advance registration is required. (You can find registration links in the event descriptions.) You're welcome to attend one, some, or all of the events—whatever sparks your interest.

NFA members have put together a diverse and dynamic roster of experiences, drawing on the expertise, talent, and passion of an exciting cross-section of flutists. We hope you'll join the conversation!

To view a list of online NFA events that have occurred in the past, click here.

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September events:

September 25: Meditative Music-Making

October events:

October 2: The College Audition Process

October 9: Revisiting Foundations in Tone and Finger Technique

October 16: Gender Disparity in Music Education

October 30: Performance Health, Repetitive Stress Injuries

November events:

November 13: Holiday Low Lights—A Play-Along Chat with the Low Flutes Committee

November 20: Beyond the Notes—Ideas for Teaching Beginner Flute

November 27: Presenting the Winners of the 2022 NFA Adult Amateur Competition

December events:

December 4: Beyond Bach: Baroque Flute Repertoire by Female Composers

December 11: Use of Yoga Techniques in Flute-Playing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditative Music-Making

Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. central
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In this workshop, participants will explore and enhance their connections to their inner cores so that they can better express themselves through the music they play. We'll cover simple yoga stretches, breath meditation, listening meditations, and various types of meditative playing and improvisation to help develop the inner and outer ear. 

Presenter:

Nandin Kathleen Baker

 

 

 

 

The College Audition Process

Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This session is intended for students considering studying music in college and current undergraduate students pursuing graduate school auditions. Presenter Julie Stone will draw on her 30+ years of collegiate teaching experience to share helpful insights about the college audition process. Topics covered will include preparation, choosing an institution, audition research/repertoire, the application process, the live audition, recorded/virtual auditions, what the audition panel looks for, managing performance anxiety, audition results, resumes and repertoire lists, and careers in music.

Presenter:

Julie Stone

 

 

 

 

Revisiting Foundations in Tone and Finger Technique

Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This workshop will provide participants with efficient and practical approaches to develop or rediscover foundations in tone and finger technique. As tone and technical practice are a significant part of a flutist’s musical endeavors, this session is designed to revitalize how flutists can explore these fundamentals and focus on them with concise and effective practice methods. It will be a multifaceted affair, including exercises; presentations of tools and techniques; play-along opportunities; time for reflection, goal-setting, and routine-planning; and a Q and A session. 

Presenters: 

James Brinkmann

Stefania Neumann

 

 

 

 

Gender Disparity in Music Education

Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Geared toward flute instructors and flute students alike, this presentation will explore recent research, statistics, and general trends pertaining to gender disparity in schools and throughout the music profession. This presentation aims to inform and inspire participants, giving them tools to make positive changes in their own programs. In addition to an understanding of current research, attendees with be able to recognize factors that may contribute to these disparities and will be offered suggestions for meaningful change.

Presenter: 

Julie Hobbs

 

 

 

 

Performance Health, Repetitive Stress Injuries

Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This interactive workshop will provide attendees with a toolkit of helpful exercises, stretches, and anxiety-prevention tools to use for themselves and/or to assist their students. Attendees will be able to try the exercises during the workshop and will have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion.

Presenter: 

Amanda Sage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Low Lights—A Play-Along Chat with the Low Flutes Committee

presented by the Low Flutes Committee
Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Start your holiday season with the NFA Low Flutes Committee! During this participatory session using holiday/winter-themed music, we'll share tips and exercises on how to play through the entire range of your low flute expressively. You're invited to play with the pros for these expressive exercises and low flute repertoire, based on new and well-known tunes. Please print out the music in advance of the session. All playing levels and all types of low flutes are welcome. Don’t have a low flute handy? Grab your concert flute and play the bass flute part. 

Want to have even more low fun? An optional ugly holiday sweater contest will be part of the festivities. Holiday dress, for you and/or your low flute, is optional. Winners will have their pictures featured in an edition of The NFA Weekly. 

Presenters: 

Paige Long

Judy Diez d'Aux

Sheet music: 

Sheet music will be uploaded to this page by November 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Notes—Ideas for Teaching Beginner Flute

Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This workshop will explore different ways to teach specific pieces of music to beginner flute students (first year of lessons). We’ll look at a variety of approaches when teaching a new work, giving our flute students not only new skills but also valuable insights into the music and a well-rounded musical education. Although we'll focus on beginner flute pieces, the ideas are easily transferable to other levels of teaching. A PDF of the music explored will be available to all attendees.

Presenter: 

Karen North

 

 

 

 

 

Presenting the Winners of the 2022 NFA Adult Amateur Competition

Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m. central
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View performances by Carl Gutowski and Rebecca Sayles, winners of the 2022 NFA Adult Amateur Competition. This event will also feature a live interview with both winners and a Q and A with attendees as time permits.

Presenter: 

Christina Condon

Performers: 

Carl Gutowski

Rebecca Sayles

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Bach: Baroque Flute Repertoire by Female Composers

Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. central
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This session will explore original works and transcriptions of works for flute composed by women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We'll discuss the biographies, compositional style, and contributions to flute repertoire of female composers like Anna Bon, Wilhelmine von Bayreuth, Isabella Leonarda, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and/or others. Our discussion will include suggestions and resources for approaching the performance of these works in a historically-informed manner. Practical resources such as bibliographies and URL links to available manuscripts and musical scores, current recordings, and relevant performance practice resources will also be provided so that attendees may pursue their own performance and research of the works of these often overlooked composers.

Presenter: 

Nadine Luke

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use of Yoga Techniques in Flute Playing

Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. central
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Yoga can be used to help with releasing tension in the body, developing a mindfulness practice, and bringing focus to daily tasks. This session explores the application of these yoga techniques to flute-playing, specifically in breathing (pranayama), preventing performance injuries, and dealing with performance anxiety. We'll explore incorporating these exercises into daily routines used in practice sessions and performances. Attendees will develop a toolkit of exercises, mindfulness techniques, and knowledge of their bodies.

Presenter: 

Lindsay Leach Sparks




 

 

 

Past Events

2020:

December 13: Building Community Through Online Events

December 29: Holiday Flute Choir Play-Along

2021:

January 24: Inclusion and Belonging: A Guided Conversation

January 31: Creative Paths: Arts Administration

February 14: Low Flutes Love

February 28: New Sounds for Young Flutists

March 7: Panel Discussion on Focal Dystonia

March 28: Questions for Piccolo Experts

April 18: Jazz Improvisation from Novice to Expert

April 25: Creative Paths: Instrument Technicians

October 17: Updating the NFA Repertoire Guide 

October 24: Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Session: BIPOC 

October 31: The Low-Down on Low Flutes

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+

December 5: Intentional Fluting: Practicing vs. Playing

December 12: Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Session: Accessibility 

December 19: Jazz Flute Big Band Holiday Play-Along 

2022:

February 13: Low Flute Love 2

February 27: Learn Irish Traditional Flute

March 6: Spider Log: An Efficient Way to Use Interleaved Practice

March 13: Demystifying Contemporary Flute Pedagogy