January e-News
January 2018 e-News

Watch Your Inbox for Orlando Convention Updates

Program Chair Francesca Arnone and Assistant Program Chair Kristen Stoner have been hard at work planning for the 46th Annual NFA Convention in Orlando, and they have a great convention in store! We have a few updates on the way:

Proposal Letters

If you submitted a 2018 convention proposal, you will receive an email by the end of January regarding your participation.

Registration Opens Soon

In addition, convention registration will be open by the end of the month. Save money by registering in advance!

Your Pedagogy Article for January

Angeleita Floyd

Finding Balance: Position, Posture and Presentation by Angeleita Floyd

Each month we offer excerpted articles from The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology, which are free for members to view online.

This month, Angeleita Floyd outlines flutist Geoffrey Gilbert's philosophy on posture and hand positioning.
"The idea of finding balance in one's position, posture, and presentation was central to Geoffrey Gilbert's no-nonsense approach. Gilbert's teaching philosophy stressed the development of proper hand and body position, with controlled fingers and little body movement which allowed for further technical advancements to be made."

Read the full selection on the Pedagogy page.

There is Still Time to Enter a Competition in 2018

If you've never entered an NFA competition, make 2018 your year! The NFA offers competitions for high school through professional levels in solo, masterclass, flute choir, and non-performance categories, spanning a wide variety of styles. With more than $30,000 in total prize money and more opportunities than ever, this is a great year to enter an NFA competition.

Baroque Flute Artist
Convention Performers
High School Soloist
Jazz Artist
Piccolo Artist
Young Artist

Masterclass Performers
Orchestral Audition

Flute Choir
High School

C.R.E.A.T.E. Project
Flute Choir Composition
Graduate Research
Newly Published Music

Most entries are due Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Visit the competitions page to learn more.

"My experiences at the 2016 and 2017 conventions, initially as a second-prize winner and then as a first-prize winner of the High School Soloist Competition have inspired me to become a better musician and, ultimately, a better thinker. Aside from pushing me to progress technically and artistically, the conventions have equipped me with a number of new tools and resources to which I can always return and introduced me to new colleagues and friends for life. Furthermore, the NFA’s commitment to championing new pieces and expanding the repertoire make its competition program a cornerstone of flute music today. In addition to requiring me to develop my own interpretations and understandings of works, taking part in a competition has led me to experiment with styles and techniques I may not have otherwise explored. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity through the NFA and would wholeheartedly encourage any passionate young flutist to take advantage of what the NFA has to offer."

—Jessica Shand, 2017 High School Soloist winner

The Winter FQ is Coming Soon!

In this issue: Elizabeth Ford, winner of the NFA's Graduate Research Competition Award, challenges scholarly assumptions that women in the 1700s did not play the flute. Matteo Gemolo highlights new music writen for the traverso through the works of Jukka Tiensuu, music librarian Lindsay Hansen Brown offers guidance on using the library system for research, and Myrna Brown Scholarship recipient Márk Fülep reflects on his 2017 convention experiences.

Member Benefit Spotlight: Exclusive Digital Content

Did you know? NFA Members also have access to an extended digital experience online with FQ Plus, where you can find articles, videos, bibliographies, and more to explore once you've finished reading the magazine! In addition, you can explore the entire digital archive of Flutist Quarterly issues dating back to 1976!

Be an NFA Intern! Now Accepting Applications

NFA office and convention internships provide great on-the-job work experience to student flutists who are about to start the next stage of their careers. The NFA offers Office and Convention internship programs.

Office Interns work in the NFA's Chicago office, gaining hands-on experience in a variety of key areas, including member services, convention planning, marketing, archival research, and publishing. Summer office interns are given priority consideration for convention internships.

2017 Convention Interns in Minneapolis

Convention Interns receive a behind-the-scenes perspective of convention operations and planning while enjoying flute music from around the world during four exciting days of the annual convention. Convention interns receive free housing and a convention pass.

Office internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Convention Internship applications are due April 1, 2018.

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