2021 Convention

The Florida Flute Association
45th Annual Membership Convention
January 29, 30, and 31, 2021

LOCATION: Your House!
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We deeply regret to inform you that the 2021 FFA Annual Members Convention in Orlando, FL has been canceled due to concerns for the safety of our members and all convention attendees. However, we are excited to announce that we WILL be hosting a virtual convention on the same dates of January 29-31, 2021!

Virtual events will include, but are not limited to:

Inaugural Nancy Clew Eller Competition – Ages 18 and older
College Young Artist Competition
High School Young Artist Competition
Advanced Masterclass Competition
High School Masterclass Competition with Susan McQuinn
Interactive workshops from around the globe
Interactive Panel discussions
2021 FFA Virtual Flute Choir

**Downloadable PDF Schedule of Convention – 

To attend any part of this virtual convention, including exhibits, all flute players of any age or level, active or retired, must register as a 2021 FFA member.

**The best news of all? There is no other fee to have access to this virtual convention other than your membership!!! Adult memberships are $30, students are $10.

PRE-REGISTER BY JANUARY 8, 2021. After January 8th, $10 will be added to the membership fee until after the convention.

For exhibitors to be involved, please go to the Exhibitor’s Registration and Advertising page.

International Guest Artists

Sharon Bezaly

Photo by Keith Saunders

Described by The Times(UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly is hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ classicstoday.com. She has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina, Kalevi Aho and Jeff Beal to write for her, and has to date twenty dedicated concertos which she performs worldwide.

Collaborating with the major orchestras of the word including those of Minnesota, Leipzig, London, Seoul, Taiwan, Cincinnati, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Gothenburg, The Hague, Lahti, São Paulo, Salzburg, and Singapore, she has performed with many esteemed conductors including Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Lan Shui, Martyn Brabbins, and John Neschling. In chamber music she collaborates with musicians like Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ronald Brautigamand and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and at the BBC Proms.

Sharon Bezalyhas always had a great interest in contemporary music and is now the world’s living flautist with the greatest amount of concertos and chamber music inspired by and dedicated to her from more than two dozen composers, among which are Kalevi Aho, Christian Lindberg, Haukur Tómasson, Sofia Gubaidulina, Zhou Long, Uljas Pulkkis, Mari Takano, Anders Hillborg, Sally Beamish, Yiu-kwong Chung, Brett Dean, Chen Yi, José Serebrier, Adina Izarra, Jeff Beal and Ge Gan-ru.

Sharon’s collaboration with her record label, BIS, has produced dozens of exciting recordings with repertoire ranging from the flute’s core repertoire like Mozart, Ibert and Nielsen, to the breaking of new ground with repertoire by the composers that have dedicated their works to her. They have won her the highest accolades, including the Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Choc (Monde de la Musique), Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) and Stern des Monats (Fono Forum).

She plays on a 24-carat gold flute, specially made for her by the Muramatsu team, is a top prize winning graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris, a BBC New Generation Artist( 2006-08 ), the first wind player to be Artist in Residence for the Residentie Orkest ( 2007), and was elected a full member of the Royal Swedish Academy in May 2018

Lorna McGhee

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post) Lorna has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Honeck.
Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, Lorna is now a member of the flute faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. She has given master classes at universities, conservatoires and flute festivals in the UK, USA, Japan and Canada, including Julliard School and the Royal Academy of Music. She often teaches at summer schools, including the Pender Island Flute Retreat, the William Bennett International Summer School, and the Galway Flute Festival. Lorna studied with David Nicholson in Scotland, and with Michie and William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.”