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The Florida Flute Association

42nd Annual Membership Convention

January 26, 27, and 28, 2018


LOCATION: Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside

7499 Augusta National Drive, Orlando Florida

**Downloadable PDF Schedule of Convention: Schedule Link


To attend any part of the convention, including exhibits, all flute players of any age or level, active or retired, must register as a 2018 FFA member.


2018 Adult Annual Membership Fee $30, Convention Fee $55.

2018 Student Annual Membership Fee $10, Convention Fee $30.

Guests are NON flute players and must be a guest of a convention attending member.


Our 2018 Special Guest Artist  

Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres


• Classical and Jazz flute studies at Mannes School of Music, and New England Conservatory of Music.

• Early improvisational ‘on the job training’ playing in Cuban and Latin Dance bands including Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.

• Regular featured guest at the ‘Salsa Meets Jazz At The Village Gate’ series in NYC. 

• Has toured Japan repeatedly, including collaborations with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. 

• Collaborations with James Moody, Jon Faddis, Chris Botti, Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws, Arturo Sandoval, Michel Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Pablo Zigler, Makoto Ozone, Patrice Rushen, Bob James, George Duke, Wallace Roney, Peter Nero and Clare Fisher, among many, many others.

• Jazz Festivals: Capitol Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festivals; in Los Angeles and in NYC with Eddie Palmieri; Aspen Snowmass; Maui; Heineken in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic; Sedona; Atlanta…. Among many others.

• Symphonic: Has performed with the New World, Singapore, Springfield Missouri, Charleston, Signature (Tulsa, OK), Puerto Rico, and Stanford Symphonies; Philly Pops Orchestra; and the Naples, Florida; Malaysia, and Florida Philharmonics.

• Recordings to date (14): ‘Colombia En Charanga’, ‘Afro Charanga Volume 2’, ‘No Me Provoques, ‘Morning Ride’, ‘Dance of the Phoenix’, ‘Burning Whispers’, ‘Talk To Me’, ‘Treasures Of The Heart’, ‘Canciones Primeras’, ‘This Side Of Paradise’, ‘My Latin Soul’, ‘Sin Palabras’ (Without Words),‘Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace’, and ‘Nouveau Latino’.

• Grammys: His Latin-jazz composition “ Luna Latina” (from Treasures of the Heart) was nominated in 2000 for a Latin Grammy as well as his CD ‘My Latin Soul’ in 2002. In 2001, he won a Latin Grammy for his CD ‘This Side of Paradise’. 

• Two Honorary Doctorate degrees from Miami-based Universities – one in 1994 from Barry University and the other in 2000 from Carlos Albizu University – for his commitment to youth education and cultural exchange as an Ambassador of Peace and Culture.

“Of course it was a great honor and privilege to win the Grammy,” Torres reflects. “That being said, the fact that I was to receive it on 9/11 gave my work and my music a stronger sense of mission and purpose. Terrorism and violence come from ignorance, anger and hopelessness. Music inspires and empowers; it soothes the human heart and enlightens the spirit. I have made it my prime point to create music and live my life in a way that does just that.” 




Our 2018 Florida Guest Artists


After 20 years of orchestral playing in Switzerland and teaching at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch, Austria, Eva Amsler became Professor of Flute at Florida State University in 2001.

A pioneer of authentic Baroque interpretation on the modern flute and an advocate of contemporary music for flute, piccolo, alto and bass flute, she enjoys a worldwide career as a performer and teacher. Ms. Amsler tours and performs with The Dorian Consort and harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El, among others. A passionate chamber music player, she also enjoys being a soloist and is principal flutist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Amsler regularly appears at flute festivals and conventions and holds master classes in Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. Her CD recordings have been released on the Ambitus and Cavalli labels.

As founder and past president of the European Flute Association “Syrinx” (Society for Sponsorship and Continuing Education of Flutists) she was responsible for programming the annual Flötenfest for 15 years.  As Traverso Colore she and FSU flute alumni present Baroque flute performances and educational events. She also performs regularly on Baroque flute with Bach Parley in Tallahassee.

Ms. Amsler has served on the board of the Florida Flute Association and is an active member of the National Flute Association, serving on various committees. She has hosted numerous flute festivals at Florida State University, including “Different Generations”, “Flute – Health and Healing from the Americas”, “Baroque Day”, “Wood Wind Days”, and more.

Her principal teachers include Günter Rumpel, Aurèle Nicolet and André Jaunet. Among her former students is Karl-Heinz Schütz, principal flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.


Rhonda Cassano has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and is currently Adjunct Professor of Flute at the University of North Florida. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, founder of Sound Effects: Music at MOCA, Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players, the St. Mark’s Bach Ensemble and is Curator of Classical Music at the Cummer Gallery. She has appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony on numerous occasions.  She holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney.  

In subsequent years she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert, former principal flutist with the Royal Philharmonic under Sir Thomas Beecham and in master classes with the acclaimed British flutist and former solo flutist with St. Martin in the Fields, William Bennett.  In 1987 and 2000, she was a winner of the National Flute Association’s newly published music performer’s competition and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions.  She was awarded an artist-fellow to the 1989 Bach Aria Festival and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. 

She is a licensed Andover Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated and effective movement.

Exhibitors Attending The 2018 Convention

Altus Flutes
Anderson Instrument Insurance
Brannen  Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.
Brixton Publications
Burkart Flutes and Piccolos
Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company
Florida Flutes
Flute Pro Shop
Flute World
Flutistry Boston
Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments
JL Smith & Co.

Jupiter Flutes
Keefe Piccolos
Levit Flute Co. LLC
Little Piper
Muramatsu America
National Flute Association
Sankyo Flutes
Spotted Rocket Publishing
Verne Q. Powell Flutes
Weissman Music
Wm. S. Haynes Company

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