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50th Annual National Flute Association Convention

Chicago, IL

August 11-14, 2022

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Flute Ensemble Festival

The deadline to apply to participate in the 2022 NFA Flute Ensemble Festival has passed. Thank you to all who applied.

If you submitted an application, you will be notified of its status by February 15.

We are excited to announce that the 50th anniversary convention will host the first Flute Ensemble Festival, to include traditional NFA convention performances as well as many new opportunities for a variety of ensembles. Ensembles of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply, and all ensembles performing at the convention will be part of the festival. Come be part of the largest gathering of flute ensembles in NFA history!

We are now accepting applications from flute ensembles (groups of five or more flutes). Applicants must submit:

  • Recordings of 3-5 of works that are representative of the group, recorded as recently as possible
  • Ensemble bio/description
  • A ranked list of preferred repertoire to be performed at the Festival

Read below for more information about the application process.

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More about the Festival

The Festival will include featured performances such as pre-gala concerts and showcases, as well as workshops, masterclasses, performances in the community, and more. All ensembles will be anonymously adjudicated for placement within the Festival and events will be tailored to suit each ensemble. The Flute Ensemble Festival encompasses performances at the convention location and at a nearby festival hub location. (All flute ensemble activity taking place at the convention will be incorporated into the Flute Ensemble Festival.)

Festival ensembles will all have the opportunity to participate in a mass premiere of a new work by Judy Nishimura, written specially for the Festival in celebration of NFA’s 50th anniversary.

A not-to-be-missed kick-off celebration will open the Festival on Thursday evening. All participating ensembles will be invited!

Mary H. Anderson Collegiate Flute Choir Award

The top-placed collegiate flute choir will receive the Mary H. Anderson Collegiate Flute Choir Award. The Award includes a grant of $1,000 to go toward convention registration for the flute choir, use of the Mary H. Anderson contrabass flute, a dedicated 25-minute concert, and the naming of the flute choir as the Mary H. Anderson Collegiate Flute Choir. This initiative is supported by the Mary H. Anderson Endowment Fund.

Information about Flute Ensemble Festival applications

All ensembles taking part in the Festival will be chosen through an application process.

Applications will be anonymously reviewed to determine acceptance into and placement within the Festival. Applications must include 3 to 5 unedited audio files, 15-25” (no videos, no mp4s) of selections that best represent the ensemble. If less than 15 minutes of music is submitted, the ensemble cannot be considered. Please note that the only acceptable recordings for the Festival are audio files (mp3, m4a, wav, wma, or aif).

Applications must also include a group description/bio and a ranked list of preferred repertoire (up to seven works). Applications must also include composers’ and arrangers’ information as well as timings.

If invited, the ensemble’s performance date and time will be determined by the program chair. Performances may be at the convention hotel or at a nearby festival hub location. 

Following is a list of items and information that will be required when submitting the application.

  • Personal information of submitter
    • Submitter must be an individual NFA member when the proposal is submitted.
  • Ensemble description/bio including location (city, state, country) and director(s) names if applicable
  • Applicable demographics
    • Youth (more than 75% younger than high school age)
    • High School (more than 75% high school students)
    • Collegiate (more than 75% college students)
    • Mixed ages
    • Adult (community, professional)
  • Repertoire information
    • Title of Composition
    • Composer’s Name
    • Composer’s Dates
    • Opus No.
    • Publisher
    • Arranged by
    • Currently in print (yes/no)
    • World Premiere (yes/no)
    • Titles of Movements
    • Timing of Composition (Use mm:ss format. Please do NOT estimate!)
  • Ensemble description/bio for Program Book
    • 300-character (including spaces and punctuation) bio
    • Bios should begin with the ensemble’s name and use full sentences, not lists.
    • Bios can be a maximum of 300 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
    • Do not include review quotes or adjectives.
    • Use postal abbreviations for states.
    • Spell out school names and use “Univ.” for “University.”
The deadline to apply to participate in the 2022 NFA Flute Ensemble Festival has passed. Thank you to all who applied.

If you submitted an application, you will be notified of its status by February 15.