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I am the NFA

The NFA's dynamic community of flutists spans the globe. NFA members include leading soloists; orchestral players; jazz, beatbox, and world music flutists; college and university teachers; adult amateurs; students of all ages—and even astronauts. Our members make us who we are. Meet some of our valued members and see why we inspire flutists and enrich lives.


Flute_Yuko Hoshi

Yuko Hoshi

“It was in 2009 that I first participated in the NFA Convention in New York. That was the very year I heard the Jazz Flute Big Band for the first time, and since then, I had always dreamed of playing in and conducting the Jazz Flute Big Band. In 2015, I founded the Japan Jazz Flute Big Band for which I play, conduct, and arrange music. My dream has come true! The NFA has always introduced innovative ideas and given us momentum towards our dreams. The NFA, I believe, is an amazing hub of a worldwide flute community where members living outside the U.S., like myself, are given equal opportunities. I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world through the NFA. Come on and join us! Let’s play together!” –Yuko Hoshi, performer

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

“I became a lifetime member of the NFA in recognition that we are all, in some deep way, lifetime members.” –Jonathan Cohen, amateur composer

Jennie Oh Brown

Jennie Oh Brown

“The NFA can be an organization for all that values the multitude of perspectives of our global flute community and inspires us to reach outside our own familiar silos to learn from new artistic voices. I hope you find this prospect as exciting as I do and plan to join in on the journey!” –Jennie Oh Brown, entrepreneurial concert flutist and mentor

Taylor Irelan

Taylor Irelan/Kylie Fortissimo

“The NFA has provided valuable resources and opportunities through networking, collaboration, and advocacy for DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice). I especially enjoy being on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and getting to know our members around the world!” –Taylor Irelan/Kylie Fortissimo (he/him/his, she/her/hers), performer and teacher, piccolo with the Venice Symphony, artistic director of The Tampa Flute Studio, creator of Flute is a Drag