My experiences at the 2016 and 2017 conventions, initially as a second-prize winner and then as a first-prize winner of the High School Soloist Competition have inspired me to become a better musician and, ultimately, a better thinker. Aside from pushing me to progress technically and artistically, the conventions have equipped me with a number of new tools and resources to which I can always return and introduced me to new colleagues and friends for life. Furthermore, the NFA’s commitment to championing new pieces and expanding the repertoire make its competition program a cornerstone of flute music today. In addition to requiring me to develop my own interpretations and understandings of works, taking part in a competition has led me to experiment with styles and techniques I may not have otherwise explored. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity through the NFA and would wholeheartedly encourage any passionate young flutist to take advantage of what the NFA has to offer.
—Jessica Shand, 2017 winner
It is a great honor to have won the 2016 NFA High School Soloist Competition. The whole preparation process of this competition helped me to learn time management skills, focus in my training, and refine my performance. At the convention, I got the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with the other contestants about interpretation, style, and tone color. In addition, the comments from the competition judges were invaluable. For me, the NFA convention is much more than just a competition. I was able to take advantage of the masterclasses, topical seminars, and concerts, and I found great motivation in being surrounded by performers, teachers and flute enthusiasts. It was an incredible and memorable experience to last a lifetime.
—Lindsey Wong, 2016 winner