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The Florida Flute Association

43rd Annual Membership Convention

January 25, 26, and 27, 2019


LOCATION: Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside

7499 Augusta National Drive, Orlando Florida


**Downloadable PDF Schedule of Convention – Subject to change: Updated 1/9/19 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 2019 FFA member.


2019 Adult Annual Membership Fee $30, Convention Fee $55.

2019 Student Annual Membership Fee $10, Convention Fee $30.

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


Our 2019 Special Guest Artist  

Marina Piccinini

A daring artist with diverse musical interests, flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini hasbeen hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.

Well-known for her commitment to new music and her history of first performances and commissions bysome of today’s foremost living composers, as well as performances with orchestras worldwide, Ms. Piccinini’s 2016-17 season includes engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Italy and Great Britain. Of special note is the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto, written for her, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under principal guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and the world premiere of Kernis’ Air in the version for flute and orchestra withthe Korean Chamber Orchestra at Korea’s Seoul Arts Center. Other engagements include a North American tour with guitarist Meng Su, performances at Korea’s Gonjian Flute Festival, at the Marlboroand Aspen Music Festivals in the US, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She returns to the UK for the Ibert Concerto with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra.

Recent performances of note include a celebrated US recital tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger, theWorld premieres of Kernis’ Flute Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, RochesterPhilharmonic Orchestra, and Chautauqua Symphony, and a highly-acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, playing the Nielsen Flute Concerto under conductor JukkaPekka Saraste. Otherperformances include Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York’s Weill Halland Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall; the Mozartsaal inVienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Amongst the esteemed orchestraswith which Ms. Piccinini has appeared are the symphony orchestras of Boston, Saint Louis, Tokyo, Montreal, Toronto, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. An active chamber musician, she is Resident Artist at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Tokyo, Takacs and Brentano String quartets, toured with pianist MitsukoUchida’s acclaimed Pierrot Lunaire project, and is a founding member of Tre Voci.

Her recordings can be heard on the Avie, Claves, and ECM labels, and this season she records the KernisFlute Concerto with conductor Leonard Slatkin for Naxos. Ms. Piccinini’s latest CD is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices (Avie).

Marina Piccinini received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, under legendary flutist Julius Baker, and also worked with flutists Aurèle Nicolet and Jeanne Baxtresser. Her popular Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses, a week-long seminar, celebrates its 10th anniversary this June.



Our 2019 Florida Guest Artists


Francesca Arnone is an active flute and piccolo soloist, chamber musician and educator.  An avid traveler, she enjoys pursuing this passion through music and has appeared in Europe, Asia and the Americas, in such venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, Split Academy of Music in Croatia and the Chicago Public Library.

A featured guest artist at flute festivals around the country, she has performed at a variety of flute conventions and festivals, including those of the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, Flute Association of Costa Rica and the Flute Society of Spain. Her solo and chamber music recordings on the MSR and Ravello labels have met critical acclaim. A veteran of regional and opera orchestras in the US and Mexico, she now plays with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across her home state of Florida, including the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra (member since 1997), Opera Tampa and ensemblenewSRQ. Her concerto appearances on flute, alto flute and piccolo have ranged from   works by Bach to Chen Yi.

Dr. Arnone has served on the faculties of Baylor, West Virginia, Boise State and Idaho State universities. She teaches at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa and at FlootFire and other summer camps around the country. Please see


Debby Heller is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, where she plays flute and piccolo. She has appeared in many area chamber music concerts and as soloist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the Jacksonville Symphony. She has performed at National Flute Association conventions and has enjoyed a long relationship with the Florida Flute Association as a board member, guest teacher and performer and presently as a member of the Geoffrey Gilbert Study Grant Committee. 

A student of Albert Tipton at Florida State University, she continued her flute studies with Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd and at Wildacres, N.C, and Farnham, England with William Bennett. Ms. Heller has served as Adjunct Flute Instructor at the University of North Florida and currently is a faculty member of the Florida Flute Workshop at Stetson University, held each June. She also maintains a private flute studio and performs for a wide range of audiences as a member of Arioso Flute Quartet. 

Exhibitors Attending The 2019 Convention
                                                      Altus Flutes
                                                      Brannen Brothers Flutemakers
                                                      Brixton Publications
                                                      Burkart Flutes and Piccolos 
                                                      Carolyn Nussbaum Music
                                                      Florida Flutes
                                                      Flute Center of New York
                                                      Flute Pro Shop
                                                      Flute Specialists
                                                      Flute World
                                                      Flutistry Boston
                                                      J. Novo Headjoints
                     JL Smith & Co
                     Keefe Piccolo Co
                     Levit Flute Co
                     Little Piper
                     Muramatsu America
                     Nagahara Flutes
                     Sankyo Flutes
                     The Tampa Flute Studio
                     Verne Q. Powell Flutes
                     Weissman Music
                     Wm. S. Haynes Co

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