Join us, August 9-12, 2018, in Orlando!
July 2018 Convention e-News
Welcome to the July issue of Convention e-News, a special edition of the monthly e-news entirely dedicated to events and happenings at the 46th Annual NFA Convention in Orlando! 

Don't Forget to Register in Advance!

Save money and time on-site: Register in advance for the convention! Advance registration pricing ends Tuesday, July 24. If you have yet to do so, take a moment to take care of your registration now.
Register Now!

Grab Your Badge in Orlando

Once again, we will utilize an on-site badge-printing system to streamline the convention registration process! If you have registered for the convention in advance, you will receive an email, Wednesday, August 1, from Convention Director Kris Mayo with the subject line: NFA 2018 Registration Confirmation. The email will contain further instructions on how to print your badge once you arrive in Orlando. Please hang onto this message for your records.

Then, when you arrive at the Orlando Hyatt Regency, head straight to the badge-printing station, get your badge, and get going! You will be able to print out your badge at the registration desk at the following times: 
  • Wednesday, 3 – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m.  3 p.m.
We'll see you soon!

New Career Enhancement Grant for Young Artist Competition First-Place Winner

Thanks to Support From Verne Q. Powell Flutes 

In addition to the $6,000 first place prize, this year’s Young Artist Competition winner will receive a Career Enhancement Grant of up to $3,000. The purpose of this new grant is to fund a project that advances the winning flutist’s playing/teaching career while also promoting this competition. This project will be developed by the winner, in consultation with the NFA board of directors, and may consist of a concert tour, debut recital, audio/video recording, or a similar type of professional initiative. 

All the 2018 Young Artist Competition Prizes, as well as the Career Enhancement Grant, are sponsored by Verne Q. Powell Flutes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Powell to give back to the NFA organization and to support the rising stars in the flute world,” said Powell General Manager Mark Spuria. “Powell is also thrilled to provide support for the first-ever NFA Career Enhancement Grant.”

“The NFA is proud to introduce the Career Enhancement Grant as part of the 40th Annual Young Artist Competition,” said NFA Executive Director Kelly Jocius. “We look forward to supporting the development of this young flutist beyond this year’s convention, and we are so grateful to Verne Q. Powell Flutes for helping make this possible."

Follow #NFAFlute2018

Want to keep up with the NFA during the convention? Follow us on social media!

We will be live-tweeting, updating our Facebook, and posting on Instagram and Snapchat (nfa_flute) throughout the convention. Tag all your posts with the hashtag #NFAFlute2018 to connect with other convention-goers, receive updates, and join in the conversation!

Livestreaming Schedule Coming Soon

Once again, we will be livestreaming a number of convention events on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more information. 

Helpful Convention Resources

Whether it's your first time attending the convention or you're back after a long break, these events will help you feel more at home. 

Welcome Orientation
Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. 
Join 2018 Assistant Program Chair Kristen Stoner and 2019 Program Chair Rebecca Johnson for this brief session to help you get the lay of the land. 

Myrna Brown Dine-Around
Thursday and Friday, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. 
Nothing transforms strangers into friends quite like sharing a meal. Get to know other flutists over a casual supper in Orlando. This year, there are two opportunities to join in the fun! Click here to learn more about the event

Before You Go...
What is it like to attend the NFA convention? Read what previous attendees have to say! The Convention Chronicles include write-ups and photographs of convention events going back to the 2005 convention in San Diego. Read more on the Convention Chronicles
Myrna Brown Dine-Around participants meet up and converse over a meal. 

Youth Flute Days

Saturday and Sunday at the Convention

This year, the NFA will host two exciting days of youth programming at the convention! Student flutists ages 9-18 (and their parents and guardians) are welcome to join us for a free program on Saturday. On Sunday, attendees are encouraged to register and return for another day of fun, youth-oriented flute sessions. 

The event includes performances and workshops with Valerie Coleman, Marianne Gedigian, PROJECT Trio, Jim Walker, and many others. 

Learn more about Youth Flute Days.

Ticketed Meal Events

There is Still Space Left at These Special Mealtime Events

We still have spaces available at our special ticketed meal events:
  • Break at midday on Friday for the Flute Lovers’ Lunch with Valerie Coleman.
  • Start Saturday morning with Food for the Day’s Journey with Jeanne Baxtresser.
  • Spend Saturday evening at the Gala Awards Dinner in celebration of Lifetime Achievement Award recipients András Adorján and Eva Kingma and Distinguished Service Award recipient George Pope.
Learn more.

Join In These Fun Participatory Events

Bring your flute to these unique sessions, and learn something new!  

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Doubler Vision for doublers and more! Explore quick how-to exercises and strategies to hone those flute skills quickly and effectively, for all those juggling multiple instruments (and time demands), with special focus on jazz. Bring your flute and join Jim Walker, David Weiss, Jamie Baum, Sarpay Ozcagatay, Mark Vinci, and Bryan Kennard.

Music as Speech
Friday, 1 – 1:50 p.m.  

Catherine Bull examines the rhetorical nature of Baroque music, showing the ways in which dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation work together to create a style of performance originally intended to resemble speech rather than song.

Repertoire Yoga
Friday, 8 9 a.m. 
Meg Griffith presents yoga for all levels: Support your creativity through the use of the body and mind. With live music performed by Megan Lanz.
Catherine Bull, Meg Griffith, James Brinkmann, and Bill McBirnie
Musical Mosaics
Saturday, 1:30 2:30 p.m. 
James Brinkmann plays and hosts this interactive concert of music, art, expression, and community with performances by Nina Assimakopoulos, Angela Kinney McBrearty, River City Flutes, & Elev-8 Hybrid-Arts Flute Ensemble. With audience-created mosaics in response to their concert experiences!

Learning to Improvise with Prince and Pentatonics 
Saturday, 5 – 6 p.m.  

Jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie demystifies the process of improvisation—without being overly theoretical—using a simple melodic approach, based on pentatonic scales and the music of Prince! This clinic is designed for flutists at all levels.

View more events designed for attendee participation

Get Career Help in Orlando 

Need job-hunting advice? The Career and Artistic Development Committee will continue their career mentoring sessions at the convention. Possible items for review and discussion include: cover letters, resumes, and CVs. All sessions will take place at the convention hall, Booth #804. Sign up for a slot with one of the mentors. 

Find a Roommate

Attending the convention solo? Whether you want to save on lodging costs or you're looking for a new pal to explore with, you can find a roommate through the NFA’s matching service.

To participate, simply visit this page and submit your information, and/or review posts from other attendees who are looking for a roommate. Then, reach out to someone who seems like a good fit, and introduce yourself.

Once you find your roommate, please remove your listing from the site so other attendees know you’re paired up. Happy hunting!

Please note this service is only available to those who have registered for the convention.

We're Still Looking for Volunteers! 

Just One Shift Goes a Long Way

Provide behind-the-scenes support at the largest annual flute event in the world!. For every three events worked, the NFA will thank you with a voucher redeemable for $15. Positions include door monitors, page turners, stage crew assistants, competition runners, and language interpretation services. We look forward to working with you! 

Sign up now via Volunteer Local.

Convention App Coming Soon

Sponsored by Yamaha

Again this year, we are very excited to present an app for smartphones and tablets to help you navigate the convention. With all of the information you need right at your fingertips, you can go paperless, travel lighter, and experience the convention like never before. 

The app will be packed with cool features to help you make the most of your experience at the convention. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media for more details!
Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors
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