April 2019 e-News

Advance Convention Registration is Now Open

Come Play with Us in Salt Lake City

Save the date for the Annual NFA Convention, August 1-4, 2019, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Join us as we celebrate four days of everything flute, with concerts, workshops, panels, and more. 

Don't miss Saturday night's Gala Concerto Concert, with Hélène Boulègue, Jonathan Keeble, Chelsea Knox, and Christina Smith.

As you register, take note of the special Ticketed Meal Events with Nancy Toff (Flute Lovers' Lunch); Marianne Gedigian (Food for the Day’s Journey Breakfast), and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Emerson DeFord and Susan Milan (Gala Awards Dinner). 

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to follow the NFA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we prepare for #NFAFlute2019.

Helpful Links:

  • Find a roommate - Use our online system to match up with a roommate and save on housing costs.  
  • Book your hotel - The official convention hotels are the Marriott Salt Lake Downtown City Creek and the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.
  • FAQ - Read the answers to a few of our most frequently asked convention questions.
Register Now!

New Website and Member Portal on the Way!

Nfaonline.org is getting a facelift! Not only will the website have a fresh look and feel, it will also be mobile-friendly and designed for a better user experience, no matter what device you're browsing on. In short, NFA members will be able to find resources and access all the benefits of membership more easily.

Here are some highlights of the new nfaonline experience: 
  • Mobile-Friendly Design - Access the NFA website and browse on any device, including your smartphone or tablet.
  • Community and Committee Blogs - Keep up with your colleagues and read posts on various flute topics.
  • Updated Member Portal - View your membership, purchase, and donation history all in one location. 
  • Better Member Experience - Enhanced administrative features will make it easier for the NFA to serve our members.
Stay tuned to learn more about this exciting transition!

Spring Issue of The Flutist Quarterly

Will be Mailed and Posted Online Soon!

In this issue: Celebrated jazz flutist Matt Eakle describes how he uses vowel shapes to change his tone; Cecilia Piehl Price profiles Celso Woltzenlogel, the "Flute Ambassador of Brazil." Plus, 2018 Young Artist Competition winner Catherine Boyack writes about working through self-criticism, and 2018 Frances Blaisdell Scholarship recipient Davina Miaw talks about her convention experiences.

Don't forget, members can always access past issues of The Flutist Quarterly on the NFA website!

Member Benefit Spotlight

Play with a Pro

NFA members get 30% off the Play with a Pro’s Full Pahud Bundle, a series of instructional videos presented by Emmanuel Pahud, principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

The Pahud Bundle offers more than eight hours of HD-quality instructional videos presented by Pahud. This outstanding video series addresses all important aspects of flute-playing, including articulation, vibrato, and intonation.

Congratulations, Iman Williams!

2019 Frances Blaisdell Scholarship Recipient

The recipient of this year's Frances Blaisdell Scholarship is Iman Williams. Iman is a rising senior at Virigina Commonwealth University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor's in Music Performance. 

"I am so excited to be attending the NFA convention thanks to the Frances Blaisdell scholarship! I believe that this experience will greatly help me further towards my goals of improving my technique and being an educator and a role model for other flutists of color."

Thank you to everyone who has given to the Frances Blaisdell Endowment Fund for making this scholarship possible. And congratulations, Iman!

NFA Elections and Bylaws Revision

Information about NFA election candidates is now online. Please review the 2019 candidates’ statements and biographies. The office of assistant secretary is an elected position. Board positions are ratified for three-year terms.

Voting opens July 1 and closes at 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on August 4. We will announce the election results during the 2019 convention closing ceremonies and in the Fall issue of The Flutist Quarterly.

The proposed updates to the bylaws will be posted soon.

Catch Up with the CAD Committee 

Sign up for a Mentoring Session

Looking for feedback on your resume, CV, or cover letter? Sign up for a 20-minute mentorship meeting with a member of the Career and Artistic Development Committee to go over general job-seeking advice or review application materials. 

The next session is Sunday, April 7, 2-5 pm, with Alina Osika. Sign up here.
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