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The 2023 Flute Ensemble Festival


51st Annual NFA Convention
Phoenix, AZ
August 3-6, 2023


The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:59 P.M. CST.

About the Festival

Following the success of the first ever NFA Flute Ensemble Festival in 2022, we are excited to announce that the 51st NFA Convention will host the second annual Flute Ensemble Festival. The Festival will include featured performances such as pre-gala concerts and showcases, as well as workshops, masterclasses, and more. All ensembles will be anonymously adjudicated for placement within the Festival and events will be tailored to suit each ensemble. All Flute Ensemble Festival activities will take place at the convention location, the Phoenix Convention Center, in 2023.

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.

Apply to be a part of the NFA 2023
Flute Ensemble Festival!

This is your chance to bring your ensemble to the NFA Convention. The Festival will 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. 

We will accept applications from flute ensembles (groups of five or more flutes). Applicants must submit:
  • Recordings of 2–3 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

The deadline for applications has now passed.


Application process

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. 

Please submit the following materials:

  • 2 pieces that contrast with one another with no less than 6 minutes and no more than 8 minutes of total playing time. (A continuous excerpt from a piece is fine. You may use or trim an existing recording of your ensemble that was recorded after January 1, 2022. It is preferred that you to use a sound file from a recording session or live performance that took place after July 31, 2022.)
    • Optional — Include a third piece for additional festival placement consideration that showcases the VERY BEST your ensemble has to offer. The third selection should be no more than 5 minutes in length and may be trimmed down to an excerpt if the work is longer than 5 minutes. The third optional piece must have been recorded after July 31, 2022.
  • A 22–24 minute program of music. The program must fit within a 30-minute time slot that includes set-up, talking, and tuning.
    Option to include a 44–48 minute program to be considered for a longer showcase performance slot by including the third optional piece with your application recordings. You may not submit a longer program unless you include the third optional piece with your application.  
  • A roster of flute ensemble members. If your application is accepted, the roster may be resubmitted between April 1–April 30, 2023. 

Programs will not be allowed to change after submission unless the organizers ask you to do so to avoid programming as many duplicate pieces as possible at the convention—so please plan carefully. If you are including a world premiere, the timing of the new work must be included, but the title may be added later. Please review the 2023 program chair's vision for the 2023 convention and try to incorporate that with your programming selections.

Following is a list of additional 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.”