Winter 2023 - Volume 48, No. 2
Bringing Together LGBTQ+ Flutists at the NFA Conventions (and Beyond!)
Tradition with Modernity
The Evolution of My Approach to Interpretation
To the outside world, the very idea of a flute choir sounds impossible because of the similarity of the timbres. And yet, this longtime pastime in the flute community—both formal and informal—is…
Since antiquity, the flute has been an important part of Chinese culture. In the 1980s, archaeologists unearthed more than 40 bone flutes at the Jiahu Site in Henan Province, a discovery that…
Meet some of the LGBTQ+ NFA members who have spearheaded initiatives, learn more about Chinese flute music, one flutist’s lifelong journey of interpreting music in performance, Q&As with two composers commissioned by the NFA, reports from two C.R.E.A.T.E. recipients and a Frances Blaisdell Competition winner, regular articles from committees, and much more!
The Fall 2022 issue features photos and thoughts from the 50th Anniversary Convention in August, two remembrances of Doriot Anthony Dwyer, multiple nuts-and-bolt pieces, a primer on Ukrainian music, Q&As, news, reviews, and more.
Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington talks to three other flutists about “The Joy in Waiting.” In advance of the 50th Anniversary Convention in Chicago, we look at the many exciting events, celebrate the Golden Anniversary Award recipients, share a few NFA member memories, and highlight some more of the NFA commissions. Katherine Saenger and Robert Dick look into the science behind the Pitch of the Plonk. Erik Nugent and Robert Bigio give us a closer look at the instrument that inspired flute maker Verne Q. Powell’s famous Spoon Flute. And much more!
The Spring 2022 issue celebrates the NFA’s incredible tradition of commissioning with a look at what it’s done so far, as well as Q&As with three of the commissioned composers whose works are premiering at the NFA’s 2022 convention: Jennifer Higdon, Thea Musgrave, and Julia Wolfe. Additionally, there are tributes to the convention’s special honorees, Nancy Clew, Fritz Kraber, and Ransom Wilson; a deep-dive into a George Crumb trio; tips on a career in chamber music; pondering empathy; info on participating in a special oral history project; and more.
In this issue: NFA’s amazing scholarship programs, Piazzolla, Paganini, the historic flutes of the Sigal Museum, composer Daniel Cueto, supporting first-generation college students, why performance anxiety is a misnomer, the C.R.E.A.T.E. Competition winners, graphic notation, the latest on the 50th Anniversary Convention, and more.
This issue features José Pablo Moncayo’s Amatzinac, Lowell Liebermann, the importance of discussing and dissecting health in the music industry, dealing with the COVID lockdown, how to better serve students from diverse backgrounds, and much more.