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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to be a member of the NFA to attend the annual convention?

Yes, all flutists must be current members of the NFA at the time of the convention in order to attend. You can sign up or renew your membership here.


Why should I register in advance for the convention?

Advance convention registration is quick, easy, and offered to you at a special rate. We encourage you to register for the convention before the advance registration deadline. After that, you may register for an additional fee at the convention site. (You can compare pricing here.)


Where can I learn more about this year’s convention?

Both the convention schedule and a complete list of works to be performed at the convention will be available in the spring. Our website features an overview of convention activities, hotel and travel logistics, and competition updates. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute preconvention alerts and live updates throughout the convention itself.


Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships for the convention?

Yes. The Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship provides financial assistance to a U.S. student to attend the NFA convention. Please visit the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship page for further details. The Myrna Brown International Scholarship, which is offered every other year, provides financial assistance to a flutist from a non-U.S. country to attend the NFA convention. Please visit the Myrna Brown Scholarship page for further details. Please note that deadline for 2020 scholarship applications has passed.  


Are there any ticketed events?

Yes. In addition to regular programming, the NFA convention also offers three special ticketed meal events that you may attend. The Flute Lovers’ Lunch, Food for the Day's Journey, and the Gala Awards Dinner provide excellent opportunities to hear renowned speakers and deepen your social and musical connections. Tickets to these events must be purchased in advance.


Where can I download the convention program book for past conventions?

The previous convention program books can be downloaded from here.


Can I volunteer at the convention?

Yes, convention volunteers are both needed and appreciated. You will also receive a $15 rebate for every three events worked. You can work as many or as few events as you wish. Simply check the volunteer interest box during the registration process and you will be contacted by the volunteer coordinators. For more information, visit the volunteer information page.

How do I perform at the convention?

You may submit a proposal to perform at the convention. Proposals must be submitted via our online system, and we encourage you to check our website for more information when submissions open in September.

Are there opportunities to perform at the convention without submitting a proposal?

Yes. The convention offers dozens of participatory events to which you are encouraged to bring your flute and join in. The program contains a diverse offering of participatory masterclasses, reading sessions, movement events, and more.

How can I find a roommate to split the cost of a hotel room?

You can fill out the roommate request form, and the information you submit will be added to an online roommate listing for viewing by other NFA members.

What should I purchase or sign up for before the convention?

You are encouraged to purchase tickets for the Ticketed Meal Events prior to convention. While you may purchase tickets for these events on site, space is limited. There are also a number of flute choirs that require registration. These choirs are free to join, but space is limited.