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Frequently Asked Questions

2022 NFA Convention
August 11–14 • Chicago, IL

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

Yes, if you're a flutist attending or participating in the convention, you'll need an active NFA membership. Click here to become a member or to renew your membership. If your membership isn't current when you arrive at the convention, you'll be required to join or renew on-site.

Is there a special group rate for student membership?

Yes, ten or more students who join or renew their NFA membership at the same time receive student membership for 50% off the regular price (discount rate: $27.50). Contact Membership Manager, Mily Harrod,  at for more information.

If I renew my membership today, will my current membership expire one year from today?

No, your membership will be extended one full year past your current expiration date. For example, if your membership expires on 7/31/2022 and you renew your membership on 6/1/2022, your membership will be renewed through 7/31/2023. You won't lose any time on your membership.


Why should I register in advance for the convention?

Registering for the convention before the early bird registration deadline (July 20, 2022) is not only quick and easy but comes at a discounted rate. You can compare pricing and begin your registration here.

What will I be able to access if I register for one day only?

You will have access to the sessions on the schedule for that day plus the exhibit hall, where you’ll be able to visit and interact with a variety of organizations offering sheet music, flutes, and more.

Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships for convention registration?

Yes. If you would like to attend the convention but can't afford the registration, you're invited to apply for a registration scholarship. (We'll begin accepting applications in late April.) Priority will be given to students and those who would be otherwise unable to attend the convention. Non-members may apply but if selected, they will be required to purchase an NFA membership (students will receive a discounted student membership rate).

The Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship has already been awarded for this year. We will offer the Blaisdell Scholarship again next year, in addition to the Myrna Brown Scholarship, which is offered every other year. 

Special Events

Are there ticketed events?

Yes, there are three ticketed meal events: the Gala Awards Dinner, Food for the Day’s Journey, and Flute Lovers' Lunch. Guests who are not registered for the convention can also purchase single event tickets to gala concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening.

Can I purchase special event tickets once I'm at the convention?

We recommend that you purchase tickets for special events prior to the convention. While you may purchase tickets for these events on site, space is limited and tickets may not be available.

Is membership required to register for Youth Flute Day?

No, flutists ages 9–18 can register for Youth Flute Day without being members. Tickets are $25 (or $20 each for groups of 10 or more). Young flutists can bring a non-flutist adult chaperone with them (free), who doesn’t need to be a member. 

Other Questions

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

We recommend purchasing tickets for the ticketed meal events ahead of time. While you may purchase tickets for these events on site, space is limited and tickets may not be available once the convention starts.

The Adult Amateur Flute Choir session, Low Flutes session, and Opening Orchestra are free to join but require registration. Because space is limited, we recommend signing up early.

Can I volunteer at the convention?

Yes, you can sign up to volunteer when you register. Learn more about convention volunteer opportunities here.

How do I perform at the convention?

2022 competitions and proposal opportunities are now closed. Submissions for the 2023 convention will open this fall; we encourage you to check back for details.

However, the 2022 convention includes many participatory events where you're encouraged to bring your flute and join in. The program contains a diverse offering of masterclasses, reading sessions, movement events, and more.

Whom can I ask about what to do in Chicago?

For local cultural background and sight-seeing tips, read 2022 Local Arrangements Chair Mary Stolper's one-page guide to Chicago for convention-goers.

Will there be food available at the convention venue?

Visit this link for information on dining options at the Hilton Chicago, where the convention will take place. For a list of restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies near the convention, read 2022 Local Arrangements Chair Mary Stolper's NFA Convention Restaurant Guide.

When will the program book be available?

The printed program book will be available at on-site registration, and an electronic copy of the program book will be available on the NFA website two weeks prior to the convention.

If I can't afford a hotel room, can I find a roommate?

Yes, you can sign up to find a roommate by filling out the roommate request form.

Does the NFA offer discounts on hotel rooms or transportation?

Yes, we're pleased to offer discounted airfare and discounted hotel rooms for convention attendees. More information can be found here. 

Does the hotel offer shuttles to and from the airport?

While the hotel does not offer airport shuttles, you can find information about transportation options here

What steps are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the convention?

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.