The 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This year’s convention celebrates the diversity of the NFA membership, featuring varied musical traditions from jazz to world music, Baroque flute to flute choir, low flutes to piccolo, and tried-and-true standards to world premieres. 2017 features commissioned works for the high school and young artist competitions, this year by David Froom ("Ribbons") and Laura Schwendinger ("Aurora"). Former honorees of these awards include Marilyn Bliss and Lansing McLoskey. This year will also feature a premiere of a large ensemble work by Harvey Sollberger.
NFA will be live, streaming a number of events from the 45th Annual NFA Convention right on Facebook. More than 600 works are scheduled for performance throughout the convention.
The National Flute Association is a significant national and international player in the commissioning of new works. Since commissioning its first works in the 1980s, the NFA has sheparded more than 65 new works into the musical world. Commissioned composers include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix de Rome, the Naumberg, Guggenheim, and many other national and international awards. They have been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Order of Canada, and other prestigious organizations. The NFA has offered opportunities for “emerging” composers as well as those for leading composers of the world.