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The Florida Flute Association

41st Annual Membership Convention


January 27, 28, and 29, 2017

To attend any part of the convention, including exhibits, you must register as a member. Guests are NON flute players and must be a guest of a convention attending member.


Guest Artist Leone Buyse



Leone Buyse is the Professor of Flute at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In 1993 she relinquished her position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue a more active teaching and solo career after 22 years as an orchestral musician. Acting principal flutist of the BSO during her last three years in Boston, she was invited by Meiji Ozawa to join the orchestra in 1983 as assistant principal flutist and principal flutist of the Boston Pops. Previously she served as assistant principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony and played solo piccolo and second flute with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The only American finalist in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has appeared as soloist with l’orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico City, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Jalapa Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire Music Festival, of which she was principal flutist for ten years. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, the Boston Musica Viva, Da Camera of Houston, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Buyse has also been a guest artist on the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s chamber series in Ottawa. Summer festival appearances include Aspen, Sarasota, Norfolk, Music Academy of the West, Orcas Island, Domaine Forget (Quebec), Sitka, Maui, Steamboat Springs, Park City (Utah), Panoramic Flutist, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Ithaca Flute Institute, Aria International Academy, and Flauti al Castello (Tuscany). With her husband, clarinetist Michael Webster, she performs in the Webster Trio and the Buyse-Webster Duo.

Widely renowned as an educator, Ms. Buyse has taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and as a visiting associate professor at the Eastman School of Music. Her former students hold positions in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, and Kansas City, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the National Taiwan Symphony. Others are professors at such schools as the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Western Michigan University, and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories and festivals across the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. She may be heard as solo flutist on numerous recordings of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the San Francisco Symphony for the Philips, Deutsche Gramophone, RCA Victor and Sony Classical labels. Her solo recordings include four Crystal releases: The Sky’s the Limit, Rivier Revisited, Dedicated to Barrier, and Dedicated to Barrier Volume 2. Boston Records released Contrasts, a disc of American music for flute and harp with Boston Symphony principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, and CRI issued her recording of two flute concertos by Richard Tensing with the National Symphony of Ukraine. American Vistas, a CD of American works for voice and flute with soprano Mimmi Fulmer, is available on the Albany Records label, which has also released Music of Martin Amlin for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano. Additionally Ms. Buyse has recorded for the Hyperion, Elektra/Nonesuch, Centaur, Equilibrium, Nami, Camerata Tokyo and Danacord labels. As a member of the Webster Trio she has recorded extensively for Crystal and performed at International Clarinet Society conventions in New Orleans, Washington, Tokyo, Vancouver, Austin and Porto, Portugal.

A native of Ithaca, New York, Ms. Buyse graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Joseph Mariano. Awarded a Fulbright grant, she subsequently studied in France with Michel Debost, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse. Also an accomplished pianist, she served for two years as accompanist at Rampal’s summer master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she has served on the Board of Directors and as program chair for the 1987 convention in St. Louis. She has been a featured performer at NFA conventions in Boston, New York Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Columbus, San Diego, Kansas City, Anaheim, Las Vegas and New Orleans. In 2010 Ms. Buyse received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide. She maintains a web presence at


Companies that attended our last convention: (listing of Exhibitors attending 2017 will be available late Fall)

Alry Publications
Altus Flutes
Aria Lights
Arista Flutes
Brannen Flutes
Brixton Publications
Burkart Flutes and Piccolos
Di Zhao Flutes
Florida Flutes
Flute Center of NY
Flute Specialists
Flute World
JL Smith and Co
J Novo Headjoints
Keefe Piccolos
Levit Flute Co
Little Piper
Nagahara Flute
Powell Flute and Piccolo

EXHIBITS ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and are not separate from the convention. You MUST register as a member to enter the area. 


2017 Location: Orlando Airport Marriott
7499 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
Phone: 1-800-380-6751

Online Reservation Link (link will be active this Fall)

Complimentary parking (not including valet) is for FFA members staying at the hotel. All others must pay $14 per day. (Subject to change)

Hotel Room Deadline: January 12, 2017 or when room block is sold out.

2017 Room Fee: $135



2017 ConventionPre-Registration Form (Available at a later date) 
PLEASE NOTE NEW CHANGE: Prices below are now separate convention fees from membership fees. You must also register either as a new 2017 FFA Member or renew your membership for 2017 using the separate membership form found in the menu bar at a later date. Failure to pre-register your 2017 membership will result your convention registration to not be valid.
Adults $50, Students $30. Non-flutist guests of members, $15 for all three days. (Fees are subject to change)
This is a flute convention for FFA members onlyFlutists of all levels and ages, active or non-active, must register as a member to attend. Complimentary parking is for FFA members staying at the hotel. All others must pay $14 per day. (Subject to change)


2017 Convention Schedule (Subject to Change) Available in December


LISTING and requirements of the 2017 Competitions  (click on link)

You must register as a 2017 FFA member in order to applyform available at a later date


(Click on the bullets below to access the application forms for each competition) Available at a later date

You must TYPE and fill out the appropriate form on the computer, SAVE then print. Mail it to the address provided on the top of that formDo not handwrite.

Be aware of your font size and enlarge font or the page itself before printing, if needed.

  • College Young Artist
  • High School Young Artist
  • 9th and 10th Grade Masterclass
  • 11th and 12th Grade Masterclass
  • Advanced Masterclass
  • Junior Honors Choir
  • Senior Honors Choir


Performers and Presenters – Flute choirs have a separate proposal form: Click on link to find both forms 


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