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Youth Flute Day

For student flutists ages 9–18

Saturday, August 5
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Youth Flute Day

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Youth Flute Day offers a vibrant schedule of events intentionally designed to spark the imagination of young flutists ages 9-18. During this exciting day of interactive sessions and informal conversations at the Phoenix Convention Center, participants get to connect with other young players, expand their musical toolkits, and share their talents, questions, and dreams with a welcoming roster of experts.

Individual registration for Youth Flute Day costs only $25 and provides access to all the day's events. NFA membership is not required. Adult non-flutist chaperones may attend free of charge (registration is required). For groups of 10 or more, registration is only $20 per person. For group registrations, contact Mily Harrod, Membership Manager, at

Advanced online registration is open now through July 13, 2023. Click below to learn more and register today!

Youth Flute Day Schedule

All times are listed in MST.

8am - 8:45am | Admission

8:45am - 9:00am | Welcome and Introductions

9:00am - 9:30am | Beatboxing Flute 101
In this interactive workshop participants will learn common beatboxing techniques used in contemporary flute repertoire and how to master them with ease. Participants will then apply them to music while playing along with an EDM backing track. Led by Samantha Donnell.  

9:40am - 10:10am | Suzuki Play-Down
Come see pedagogy in action at this workshop led by alumni of the Suzuki method who have won positions in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Montreal Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Play through selections from the Suzuki repertoire from Books 1-7. Bring your flute! A Q&A session with registered Suzuki teachers will conclude this workshop.

10:15am - 10:45am | Scale and Rhythm Games
Game On! 

11:00am - 11:30am | Flute Choir Reading
Led by Noelle Perrin-Bryson, Meret Bitticks, and Kelly Williamson, students will gain valuable experience playing flute ensemble works together and preparing for their final performance.

11:30am - 12:15pm | Lunch

12:30pm - 1:00pm | Our Great Big Flute Neighborhood with Jim Walker
The Youth Engagement Committee presents round three of their popular “Neighborhood” sessions, patterned after the timeless children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. As MC, Dr. Cordova-Arrington will interview Jim Walker about his career, music-making, and playing the flute.

1:10pm - 1:40pm | How Low Can You Go: Low Flutes and You!
This session is for our young flutists to learn, hear, and interact with the low flutes of the flute family. The Low Flute Committee performs a variety of pieces for our Youth Day Flutists. This relaxed and engaging lecture/recital format is fun and interactive for the kids. The low flute presenters will be able to perform, answer questions, and show their low flutes up close to our young flutists.

1:45pm - 2:15pm | Paint Your Senses!
Paint Your Senses! is an interactive arts activity for musicians of all ages led by flutist and acrylic artist Janelle Janovich-Barrera. The workshop is designed to let your creative juices flow while listening to various flute and/or symphonic works. The NFA Convention 2023 is being held in a fabulous Mecca of Arts and Culture, so paint what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell! You don’t have to be a professional artist to participate. Basic small canvases, paints, and brushes will be on hand for Youth Flute Day participants.

2:15pm - 3:25pm | Jim Walker with Bryan Pezzone
Legendary flutist Jim Walker performs music from Free Flight and original works by pianist Bryan Pezzone

3:30pm - 4:00pm | Storytime with Flute Friends
So much can be learned and enjoyed away from our instrument! One of Stéphanie Superle's favorite teaching tools to encourage and inspire students of all ages is with STORYBOOKS. Join Superle for a story time (or two) with flute friends Adam Eccleston and Delandria Mills. 

4:05pm - 4:40pm | Hoop Dance 101 - Native American Flute & Hoop Dance Performance
Five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Native American performing artist Tony Duncan offers YFD attendees and NFA members alike an exciting and unique workshop. Tony Duncan's appearance underwritten by Canyon Records.

5:20-5:45pm | Flute Choir Performance