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Welcome to NFA #artistWednesday! Every Wednesday through the rest of the year, we will announce some of our guest artists for the 2020 Convention. Check this page each week to see the new announcement!
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Announced Artists


Welcome back to another NFA #artistWednesday! Today we are featuring two guest speakers who will be spreading inspiration at the 2020 NFA Convention in Dallas.

Flutist and composer Allison Loggins-Hull will speak about "following your intuition" at the Flute Lovers Lunch on Friday, August 7.

Alberto Almarza, Professor at Carnegie Melon University will speak about reflections he has learned as a teacher at the Food for the Day's Journey Breakfast on Saturday, August 8.

Allison Loggins-Hull is a flutist, composer and GRAMMY nominated producer with an active career performing and creating music of multiple genres. In 2009 she co-founded the critically acclaimed duo Flutronix with Nathalie Joachim, which was praised by The Wall Street Journal for being able “to redefine the instrument.” Allison is on the flute faculty of The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She’s a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, The Juilliard School’s Global Ventures and is a former faculty member of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.

A native of Chile, Mr. Almarza previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. He currently serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon as Associate Teaching Professor of Flute. He is a resident artist and member of the faculty at The Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class and has been recently appointed to the National Flute Association Advisory Board for New Music. He can be heard on radio broadcasts of International Music from Carnegie Mellon throughout North and South America, on compact discs from New Albion, Albany Records and Centaur Recordings as well as on a recently released Naxos Records compact disc of the Flute Concerto by Reza Vali with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.


Happy New Year!!! We are kicking off 2020 with a special NFA #artistWednesday announcement:

With much enthusiasm, we would like to share with you that versatile flutist Nicole Mitchell will be a part of the 48th NFA Convention in Dallas, as the headliner on the Friday night cabaret concert! 

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader, and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. She is a Professor of Music at University of California, Irvine, teaching composition and improvisation in the graduate program of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology.


It has always been special for NFA to honor flutists for their exceptional service and contributions to the flute community. Today at #artistWednesday we are featuring our Distinguished Service Award recipient, Nancy Clew-Eller 
This August at the 48th NFA Convention, she will be honored by members of the International Flute Orchestra on a tribute concert!

Nancy Clew-Eller is the Founder and past Director and Conductor of the Space Coast Flute Orchestra. Encouraging flutists young and old everywhere and sharing good music has always been her goal.

For forty-one years Nancy taught flute students at Brevard Community College and maintained a large private flute studio.

In 1976 she became one of the five founders and the first president of the Florida Flute Association. She also assisted in creating the Florida Summer Flute Workshop for young flutists where, for eighteen years she was a guest artist and teacher.

Nancy has given masterclasses throughout the United States as well as the Far East and coordinated summer masterclasses for eighteen years, first for Geoffrey Gilbert and later Peter Lloyd.

She has been a board member and convention coordinator for The National Flute Association and was their delegate to China in 1987 and East Germany in 1993.

In 1996 Nancy founded the American Flute Orchestra, which later became the International Flute Orchestra, and has traveled and performed in over nineteen different countries around the world.


With much excitement, today at NFA #artistWednesday we are presenting our next Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Karl "Fritz" Kraber! At the NFA Convention in Dallas, he will be honored by his students in a concert including several of his transcriptions! Flutist Karl “Fritz” Kraber has performed on five continents and in 49 U.S. States as a soloist and chamber artist. He played 19 seasons with the Dorian Wind Quintet (900 concerts and a dozen recordings) and was also a member of the New York Chamber Soloists and the Aeolian Chamber Players. Also well known for his university teaching and master classes, Mr. Kraber has taught at Oberlin, Yale, SUNY Stony Brook, Indiana University, and the University of Texas, from which he has just recently retired after 21 years as Associate Professor of Flute. After earning his BA in Music from Harvard College and studying flute with James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony, Mr. Kraber was awarded a Fulbright Grant for two years of study in Italy with Severino Gazzelloni. He continued his studies with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse. 


Welcome back to another NFA #artistWednesday! Today we are thrilled to feature NFA 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Ransom Wilson.
Ransom Wilson, Professor of Flute at Yale University, has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation and has performed with Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and London Symphony among many others.
As a conductor, he has worked with the MET, Houston Symphony, London Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is now the Music Director and Conductor of the Redlands Symphony.

At the 48th NFA Convention in Dallas, he will be conducting the orchestra at the Saturday Gala Concerto Concert!


Are you ready for our next NFA #artistWednesday reveal? Today we are excited to feature international artist and First Flute of the Symphonic and Lyric Orchestra of Nancy, Gaspar Hoyos!
He will be performing Carlos Gustavino's Introduction & Allegro at the Saturday Gala Concerto Concert 


Today we are thrilled to feature Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony, Demarre McGill, on our NFA #artistWednesday! He will be performing Kevin Puts' Flute Concerto on the Saturday Gala Concerto Concert!


NFA #artistWednesday is back! Today we are excited to feature Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Erica Peel! We look forward to hearing her perform Amanda Harberg's piccolo concerto at the Saturday Gala Concerto Concert at the 48th Annual NFA Convention in Dallas.


Happy NFA #artistWednesday! It's finally time to announce our next guest artist. Today we are featuring internationally acclaimed flutist, Shigenori Kudo. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mr. Kudo will be playing Francois Devienne's Flute Concerto No. 7 at the Saturday Gala Concerto Concert, as well as teaching the winners of the NFA Masterclass Performers Competition!! Shigenori Kudo currently resides in France and teaches at l´Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Read more about his career. Learn more about the Masterclass Performers Competition


NFA #ArtistWednesday is back, and today the spotlight is on Emily Beynon, principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Beynon will be performing Carl Vine's Pipe Dreams on Gala Concerto Concert, on August 8, 2020. She will also teach a Masterclass on Orchestral Excerpts. You may enter the Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition starting on December 1.


NFA #ArtistWednesday is here! Today we are happy to introduce to you three of our masterclass artists:

Alberto Almarza - Associate Professor of Flute and Head of the Flute Department, Carnegie Mellon University — Masterclass Performers Competition

Sandra Miller - Faculty on Juilliard's Historical Performance program — Baroque Flute Masterclass Competition

Helen Blackburn - Artist Teacher of Flute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX and principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra — NFA High School Masterclass (for participants in the High School Soloist Competition)

For more information on NFA competitions, click here.


We have exciting news to share. Today we begin by presenting you the amazing Flute Choir Conductors who will work with the winners of our Flute Choir Competitions!

Melissa Colgin Abeln - High School Flute Choir

Lisa Garner Santa - Collegiate Flute Choir

Jack Delaney - Professional Flute Choir

Get your materials ready, as the Flute Choir Competition entries will be accepted beginning December 1st!
#NFAFlute2020 #FluteChoir #FluteCompetition

Alberto Almarza

Alberto Almarza

Emily Beynon
Emily Beynon
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Erica Peel
artist wednesday karl kraber
Karl Kraber
Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller
Lisa Garner Santa
Lisa Garner Santa
Headshot of Demarre McGill for the National Flute Association
Demarre McGill
Nancy Clew-Eller
Nancy Clew-Eller
Helen Blackburn
Helen Blackburn
Melissa Colgin Abeln
Melissa Colgin Abeln
Headshot of Gaspar Hoyos
Gaspar Hoyos
Nicole Mitchell
Nicole Mitchell
Jack Delaney
Jack Delaney
Shigenori Kudo
Shigenori Kudo
Ransom Wilson, Conductor
Ransom Wilson
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Allison Loggins-Hull