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51st Annual National Flute Association Convention

August 3–6, 2023 • Phoenix, AZ


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The NFA Call for Proposals Application is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!

An invitation from 2023 Program Chair Ali Ryerson

"Join us in Phoenix August 3–6, 2023 as we kick off the NFA’s next 50 years!

Our 50th anniversary convention in Chicago was not only a milestone; it was the long awaited joyous reunion we hoped it would be and a reminder of what binds us together as a community: our shared love of the flute and our ability to inspire and enrich each other’s lives.

As we look ahead to our 51st NFA convention in Phoenix, let the 2023 convention theme 'Beyond Borders' inspire your proposals. Your ideas will help us to present the most panoramic view of our flute community, highlight the global nature of our flute family in all of its cultural and creative diversity, and continue to expand our horizons beyond geographical and artistic borders.

As you craft your proposals, do so in the spirit of adventure. Explore, color outside the lines, collaborate with someone unexpected. Let’s surprise each other! Feel free to choose repertoire that represents all genres, from baroque to bebop to beatboxing, Chaminade to Coleman, ragtime to ragas. Proposals featuring standard flute repertoire are more than welcome if framed in a way that reflects the convention theme. We also encourage multimedia proposals as well as those that blend multiple disciplines (e.g., dance, visual arts, theater, etc.).

One of the exciting plans afoot for Phoenix is the creation of the ‘Zona ArtSpace, a designated space at the convention where music, street art, architecture, Native American flute, and the Arizona landscape will all blend together. Live performances will be accompanied by continuous video footage that is being specially created and curated for the space, offering glimpses of Phoenix’s vibrant art district, Roosevelt Row, with its larger-than-life urban murals; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West; Scottsdale’s Musical Instrument Museum; as well as stunning views of Sedona and the Grand Canyon. In keeping with the 'Beyond Borders' theme, we want the ‘Zona ArtSpace to transport both audience and performer beyond the music and the borders of the physical space. 

Performance, workshop, and lecture proposals which relate to Arizona in some way, or feature Arizona-based flutists, will be considered for presentation in the ‘Zona ArtSpace.

We also want to shine a light on the younger generation of flutists, their teachers, and the various teaching methods which have proven successful in training these young artists-in-the-making. To this end, we welcome performance proposals featuring outstanding youth groups, as well as workshop proposals inspired by the Suzuki method and the like.

Our goal is for everyone to feel welcome at this party—flutists of all ages, people from diverse backgrounds, young professionals, adult amateurs, the LGBTQIA+ community, our international community of flute-makers, world flute specialists, composers, conductors, world-class performers and teachers alike.

As Aaron Goldman so beautifully put it, we all play an important role in the success of the NFA, from a first-time student attending Youth Flute Day to a life member who hasn’t missed a convention, from past presidents to summer interns, from seasoned professionals to amateur enthusiasts. The NFA has something to offer flutists from every walk of life, and every member adds an important voice to our community. This convention will strengthen the NFA’s mission to celebrate our entire membership, our truly global flute family. To that end, we want to know how you’d like to contribute to this very special gathering. We look forward to receiving your proposals! 

Come to Phoenix to experience the magic of the American Southwest and expand your horizons!"

About the proposal submission process

As the largest annual flute event in the world, the National Flute Association Convention is the leading forum for flutists to share their talents, insights, and wisdom and to inspire one another. Proposals from our members make the convention possible each year, and the more diverse the offering of sessions, the more enriching the convention will be for the thousands of flutists who attend. Help us make our 51st convention an unforgettable experience!

Proposals will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Solo Performance (alone or with keyboard or electronics or percussion or any instrument played by one musician)
  • Chamber Performance
  • Workshop
  • Lecture
  • Lecture-Recital
  • Panel

Please note that all flute choir applications must be submitted via the Flute Ensemble Festival portal (deadline: November 15). Flute choir applications will not be accepted as part of the convention proposal process. Please also note that we are no longer accepting gala concerto proposals for the 2023 convention.

Free Zoom Seminar

We want the process to be as equitable, accessible, and transparent as possible, so for the first time ever, we held a free an online seminar walking attendees through the process of submitting a proposal.

Want to know more about the proposal process—how to submit a proposal, tips and tricks, and what we're looking for this year in particular? Then join us as NFA staff members and appointees share all the information you need to successfully submit a proposal. Click the button below to view a recording of this seminar (which took place on September 13) on YouTube.

View Seminar

Performance Proposals: Preference is for a recording of the proposer performing the actual work/s being proposed. When this is not possible, an example in a comparable style, genre, or historical period would suffice. For premieres, or pieces not yet recorded, recordings of the composer's other works and/or PDFs of score may be included. 

Panel/Lectures/Workshops: May include detailed outlines, videos of prior presentations, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Be as detailed as possible. 

Supplemental Material: Supplemental material may be uploaded directly or, preferably, linked to an online folder such as DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or Access must be set so that anyone with a link can view the files.

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 a 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.

Any questions about the proposal process can be directed to program chair Ali Ryerson.

For step-by-step instructions on how to submit a proposal, click here.

The NFA Call for Proposals Application is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!