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Welcome to FQ Plus, an online publication exclusively for NFA members. FQ Plus offers feature articles, interactive features, and news about flute events and people. Check back often for new features in FQ Plus.



An audiologist and a physician, both flutists, offer a primer on hearing loss. Find related online information here.

by Kathy Mellott, AuD, and Stephen A. Mitchell, MD



A new translation of the autobiography of virtuoso Severino Gazzelloni will be available early next year. Hear him play here.

by John Bailey


More than 75 years after Sergei Prokovief composed his sonata, the authors discuss the work’s current status as it has evolved in performance practice based on earliest sources, editions, and recordings. Listen to musical excerpts.

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More than 70 alumni returned to Ohio State University in fall 2019 to play piccolo in a special football game halftime performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Chest Stretch

The Spring 2020 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an excerpt by Angela McCuiston, detailing a plethora of exercises that can help flutists reduce playing-related pain or numbness. Watch a sampling of exercise videos and images here.


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The Winter 2020 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes a memorial by Brooks de Wetter-Smith of his late friend, Robert Stallman. Find links to select works by Stallman here.



The Fall 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an article by composer Ned McGowan about the “borders” he encounters as a musician. Find more information about some of the ideas he explores.


The Fall 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an obituary of Gerardo Levy. Read past articles about Levy in the New York Flute Club newsletter or donate to the Gerardo Levy Education Fund. 

Vivian Fine
The Summer 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an article by Erin K. Murphy about flute works by Vivian Fine. Find links to free downloads of some of her flute works here.
The Summer 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an article by Jennifer Rhyne about a recently discovered work by Robert Muczyinski. Listen to two recordings of the piece here.
The Spring 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an article by Matt Eakle about using tools to tap into tone colors. Find supplemental interactive information here.
Ali Ryerson speaks with one of today’s most versatile flutists, Matt Eakle.
An otolaryngologist-musician and a flute teacher-singer offered insights into the anatomy of sound in their article in the winter 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly and in a session at the 2017 NFA Convention from which this article was drawn. Fascinating related videos can be found here.

Katherine Hoover: 1937–2018

The Winter 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an obituary of composer Katherine Hoover. After her death in September 2018, flutists posted comments and videos commemorating her best-known work, “Kokopeli.” Find remeniscences and performances of the ionic work here.


Women’s Work: Elaine Shaffer’s Artistry Shines in Curtis Institute Archives

A professional flutist joined the sister of luminary Elaine Shaffer to cement the renowned performer’s legacy at the school where she honed her craft. See more about the new archives here.


Fenwick Smith: 1949–2017

Leone Buyse, who recalls her long friendship with the late Fenwick Smith in the winter 2018 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, shares an essay he wrote about the age-old question: “Flutist or Flautist?”



Food, Friends, and Fun at the Myrna Brown Dine-Around

The Myrna Brown Dine-Around, held every summer at the Annual NFA Convention, offers flutists a chance to get to know others from around the country over a casual meal. Hosted in memory of early NFA administrator Myrna Brown, who was a strong proponent of collegiality among flutists, the Dine-Around is a great way for first-time convention attendees to break the ice and forge new connections or simply learn more about the convention itself.

by Kate Blair




Listen to violinist Fritz Kreisler perform works discussed in a review of a new collection of music curated by Paula Robison.



Musical Memories in the Making

The author pondered key moments in her musical past and what made them so memorable, and asks how she can continue to live a life of powerful musical memories. She invites others to join in.

by Molly Barth


Robert Cole: 1923–2016

View and listen to a rare clip of the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet, with flutist and NFA co-founder Robert Cole, who died in 2016.



Musician’s Focal Dystonia: Strategies, Resources, and Hope

In 2006, the author suffered the first blow from what would become a long and complex battle with focal dystonia. Her rigorous research skills and the support of friends, colleagues, and medical specialists helped her move forward. Her thorough article presents an overview, advice, and resources about this baffling and debilitating disorder.

by Joanna Cowan White



Overtone Flutes: Valuable Members of the Flute Family

Created centuries ago, the fujara flute is one of a small family of overtone flutes featuring a distinctive sound and an unusual appearance. The author performed at the 2016 Annual NFA Convention. He answers questions he is frequently asked.

by Bob Rychlik



The Nature of Artistry

How do we discuss artistry? Can it be defined? Taught? How do we recognize it? What is this elusive thing that we all know, yet find so difficult to articulate? The author has embarked on a book project to explore these and other questions. Excerpts from her interviews follow.

by Claudia Anderson



Playing by Heart: An Irish Traditional Approach

The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by Shannon Heaton with guidance on playing Irish flute music. Find online samples and further resources here.

by Shannon Heaton



Facing the Fermata: Recreating the Classical Cadenza in Modern Performances of Mozart’s Flute Concerti

The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by Natalie Farrell. Find online samples and further resources here.

by Natalie Farrell



Folklore, Serialism, and Clicking Keys: A Brief Survey of the Literature for Unaccompanied Flute from Latin America

The fall 2016 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by John Walker exploring Latin American composers. Find an online performance by one of them here.

by John Walker



Jolly Good Fellows

The year 2016 marks the retirement of many notable flutists following long and fruitful careers. We profile four of them here.

by Walfrid Kujala, Kaili Maimets, Paul Taub, and Zachariah Galatis



A Tale of Three Cities: London, Paris, and Boston…and a Tale of Two Donors

The National Music Museum’s special exhibit featured outstanding collections of historical flutes—donated by two National Flute Association champions: Betty Bang Mather and Richard Hahn.

by Deborah Reeves



Bartók Plays Bartók

The fall 2015 issue of The Flutist Quarterly features an article by Walfrid Kujala describing Hungarian rhythms. Find online samples of them here.

by Walfrid Kujala



An Introduction and Bibliography: Jean Rémusat

Flute scholar Tom Moore introduces the French flutist, born 200 years ago this year and today known mostly for the Louis Lot flute made for him. Included is an extensive listing to date of his considerable output.

by Tom Moore



Donald Peck: The Well-Lived Life

On the occasion of the celebrated flutist’s 85th birthday, the Chicago Flute Club names an annual competition for him. A member of that club and of the NFA interviews him about his life and livelihood.

by Erin Kendall Murphy



Bach’s Atypical Flute Rondeau

Baroque performance practices specialist and NFA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Betty Bang Mather and her longtime publishing colleague Dean M. Karns discuss borrowed features from Psalm 136 in the first air of J.S. Bach’s Overture-Suite in B Minor.

by Betty Bang Mather and Dean M. Karns



Stephen Lias, the “National Parks Composer”

The NFA award-winning composer’s wide-ranging works are often inspired by colleagues, friends, and his own experiences.

by Christina Guenther



Corrections and Clarifications (“Mistakes Were Made”)

Longtime Chicago Symphony flutist, pedagogue, and NFA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Walfrid Kujala offers a full, gently worded compendium of publication errors that he has found over the years.



Solos for Low Flutes with Flute Choir

The chair of the NFA’s Low Flutes Committee and an active flute choir director shares this updated review of outstanding published pieces for flutists looking to perform a low flute solo with a flute choir. read more

by Christine Potter



A Moving Experience

One hundred and four flutists “migrated” through New York’s Guggenheim museum last November, walking through the vertical, circular building while making music. Were they lost? Not at all: they were participants in the U.S. premiere of a work by Salvatore Sciarrino whose title translates to “cutting the circle of sounds.” read more

by Elizabeth Buck



An Endlessly Special Woman

Eleanor Duncan Armstrong retired this year after serving as Penn State’s flute professor for 30 years. read more

by Eileen Yarrison



I Have A Flute Dream! 
(to wit: A Smart Flute with Apps)

After his visit 40 years ago with the inventor of a “modern” computerized flute system, this author wonders: What happened? read more

by Walfrid Kujala



Performance Anxiety: A Resource Guide

Read on for an overview of a broad range of good resources for combatting performance anxiety. read more

compiled by Amy Likar, with introduction by Susan Raeburn


FQ-Plus, a sister publication to The Flutist Quarterly, is published by the National Flute Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is a benefit of NFA membership. Although all articles in FQ Plus are edited and reviewed for accuracy and relevance, the NFA as an organization does not endorse any of the organizations, websites, or other online resources referenced in articles posted in FQ Plus. Editor: Anne Welsbacher; design and layout: Brian Covington. ©2015 National Flute Association, Inc., 70 E. Lake St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601; United States of America.
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