A note about COVID safety: The safety of NFA members and exhibitors at the 2022 convention is of paramount importance amid continuing concerns of COVID-19. Based on current COVID data, the NFA is requiring that all those participating in and attending the 2022 convention be vaccinated or have a negative test within 72 hours of attendance. Masks will be required inside all convention venues and locations except when performing or presenting. Additional safety measures will be introduced in the exhibit hall. Each of the venues, including the Hilton Chicago, will adhere to CDC and local requirements. As we get closer to the convention, the NFA’s safety measures will be reviewed and, if necessary, revised.
Join us as we celebrate the NFA’s Golden Anniversary Convention in Chicago 2022! This landmark convention will be the culmination of a year-long celebration and will take place at the beautiful Chicago Hilton in downtown Chicago.
Along with everything you love and have missed about in-person conventions, this special 50th Anniversary convention will include some new and exciting events. First, plan on arriving in Chicago on Wednesday for a special convention kick-off at the Grant Park Music Festival. Also new for this convention will be the first Flute Ensemble Festival taking place alongside the convention, which will include concerts, workshops, and more. This year’s convention will also highlight winners of the NFA’s Golden Anniversary Awards, which are given to individuals who have contributed to the betterment of their communities and made positive impacts serving others.
Programming for this convention is inspired by the idea of evolution and will explore the history of NFA in order to celebrate how far we’ve come in the last 50 years and to look toward to our shared future together. (Click here to take a look at the call for proposals.)
I am honored and excited to be Program Chair for the NFA’s 50th anniversary convention. While the 50th Anniversary Committee has been working for years planning the celebration of our Golden Anniversary, this convention is taking on even greater significance as we meet again in person for the first time since 2019. We will once again see old friends, meet new ones, experience the cacophony of the exhibit hall, have chance encounters waiting for the elevators, and re-discover all the joys that come with a live gathering of flutists!
Our Golden Anniversary convention will be a celebration of our richly multifaceted and diverse community.
I can’t wait to see you in Chicago next summer!
—2022 Program Chair Aaron Goldman
In support of the upcoming Golden Anniversary Convention, a 50th Anniversary Committee was established. Our committee formed several years ago to function as a think tank and resource for Aaron Goldman in his role as Program Chair and for the organization.
I would like to acknowledge my cohort of committee members for their dedication of time, creative ideas, and love of the NFA which was clearly demonstrated in their actions and conversations. If you have a chance, please let them know how much they are appreciated!
Special thanks to Aaron Goldman for his leadership and vision for what will most definitely be an exciting and memorable convention. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago—we have SO MUCH to celebrate together!
–50th Anniversary Committee Chair Catherine Miller