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July 9, 2013
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
(Updated: August 2013)
Amanda Mather, a senior instrumental music education major at Northwest Missouri State University, was selected for the National Flute Association (NFA) Collegiate Flute Choir and performed with the ensemble Aug. 8-11 in New Orleans.
NFA members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music flutists, college professors, adult amateurs and students of all ages. Membership, presently around 4,500, is drawn from across the world with between 2,500-3,500 members each year.
Mather, of Kearney, was one of 22 students accepted for the Collegiate Flute Choir from universities and conservatories across the U.S. and Canada. Invitation was highly selective, based on a blind review of recordings.
Throughout her years at Northwest, Mather has received the Ward Rounds Music scholarship, the Forrest Gray and Lucille Gray scholarship and the Peggy Ann Edwards SAI scholarship.
“I am really excited to meet others at the convention with the same interests as me,” Mather said before attending. “I am also looking forward to making music with talented musicians from around the country.”
Mather’s flute professor, Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, attended the convention with Mather. Both are appreciative of the student support and the financial assistance from Northwest.
“A big reason Amanda succeeded with this audition is due to her motivation and drive, and being consistent with her work and practicing,” Dunnell said.
Mather is also involved at Northwest in Sigma Alpha Iota, the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest Flute Quartet, Northwest Flute Choir, Northwest Pep Band, Wind Symphony and Orchestra.
Mather was the second Northwest student in three years to be selected for the NFA choir. In 2011, Christine Chesney was a member of the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir.
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