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Call For Proposals

The 53rd Annual NFA Convention
Unity & Universal Oneness
Atlanta, GA

August 7th - 10th, 2025

A Message from the Program Team:
 
We are thrilled to bring our flute community together in the vibrant city of Atlanta for the 53rd Annual National Flute Association Convention. Atlanta is a city with a rich history and diverse culture, birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., hub of the Civil Rights Movement, an emblem for peace and non-violent activism, and the seat of a dynamic tradition of leadership and academic excellence nurtured by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

We invite you to submit proposals highlighting the theme of unity and universal oneness for 2025. The concept of oneness, where “all is one and one is all,” has been taught and explored across many different cultures and practiced over thousands of years; yet it remains a principle with which humanity seems to struggle daily. The idea suggests that everything in the universe is interconnected, and there is no separation between anything—what is done to one affects the whole. We are One, representing a single life expressed in countless diverse ways.

Proposals celebrating Atlanta’s legacy as a center of activism for civil and human rights are highly encouraged. While we will consider all proposals, we are especially interested in ideas that highlight the bridging and merging of cultures, systems of thoughts, beliefs, languages, and musical genres and styles played by flutes and instruments of all kinds. We would love to hear about creative projects that underline collaborations and efforts towards unity, service, the betterment of our communities, interconnectedness, benevolence, love, compassion, justice, non-violence, and peace.

It is often during times of extreme hardship that virtue and nobility emerge within the human spirit. Let us harness the power and strength of our NFA flute community worldwide, to sow the seeds of peace by acknowledging our interconnected oneness. We are One. We are the NFA.

If you have questions about programming, please feel free to reach out to Mariana at mariana.gariazzo.nfa@gmail.com or Cristina at nfa2025assistpc@gmail.com

Share your ideas away! We look forward to hearing from all of you!

2025 Program Team

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Mariana Gariazzo, Program Chair
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Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Program Chair

Proposal Guidelines & Instructions:

We welcome proposals in the following categories:
  • Solo Performance (flute alone; flute + other performer, including keyboard, electronics, percussion or any other instrument)
  • Chamber Music (groups of 3-5 players in any instrumental configuration. Note that groups of 5 or more flutes is considered a flute choir - see below)
  • Workshop
  • Lecture
  • Lecture-recital
  • Warm-up session
  • Sight-reading session
  • Panel

Flute Choirs: Flute Choir proposals will be accepted through a separate Flute Ensemble Festival application, which will be published later in the year. Do not use this form to apply for the Flute Ensemble Festival.

Please also note that we are no longer accepting gala concerto proposals for the 2025 convention. 

Proposals are due at 11:59pm (CDT) on Tuesday, October 1, 2024.
The application will open no later than September 1st. 

Flute Choirs (5+flutes): Please note that all flute choir applications must be submitted via the Flute Ensemble Festival portal. Submission deadline is November 15th. A flute choir is defined as an ensemble of 5 flutes or more. Flute choir applications will not be accepted as part of the convention proposal process. 

Performance Proposals: Recordings of your playing are required for performance submissions and should be shared via a working link such as YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. Access must be set so that anyone with a link can view the files. 

Panel/Lectures/Workshops: May include detailed outlines, videos of prior presentations, or PowerPoint presentations shared via a working link such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. Access must be set so that anyone with a link can view the files. 

Warm-up/Sight-reading session: Please include a detailed outline including repertoire, skill level, participants target, thematic topics, and accurate timing for your session. Supplemental materials can be shared via a working link such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. Access must be set so that anyone with a link can view the files. 

AV Requirements: Audiovisual and amplification requirements must be noted in the proposal form and will be subject to budgetary considerations. 

Supplemental Materials: Supplemental materials such as videos or documents will be accepted via working links to YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. Access must be set so that anyone with a link can view the files or videos. 

Accessibility: The NFA is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all convention participants. Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be asked if they have accessibility needs as part of the session confirmation process so that NFA may provide the necessary support.

Other Guidelines:

  • Each NFA member may submit up to three proposals, but each must be in a different category. For example, an applicant may submit one solo performance, one chamber performance, and one lecture, but not two solo performances and one lecture. Failure to abide by these specifications will result in disqualification of the additional proposals. Please note that it is common for only a portion of the proposal to be accepted.
  • Proposals submitted may not be commercial in nature
  • You must be an NFA member to submit a proposal. Click here to join or renew your membership.
  • If you have date restrictions during the 2025 Convention (example: your chamber group is only available Thurs-Fri), please make a note somewhere in your application. While the NFA will try to honor your request, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your requested date. 

Questions?

If you have any questions or problems with your proposal, please email Mily Harrod, NFA Membership Manager, at mharrod@nfaonline.org