ABOUT

Founded in 2009, the New Jersey Flute Society offers many opportunities for our members to perform and learn from great pedagogues through masterclasses, recitals, workshops, competitions, and the annual flute fair. 

 

The New Jersey Flute Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in flute performance and pedagogy. Our primary focus is to provide an encouraging environment for students, amateurs and professionals alike. 

We collectively acknowledge that the New Jersey Flute Society is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Lenni-Lenape and Munsee Lenape tribes. 

 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The New Jersey Flute Society does not tolerate discrimination of any kind based on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, abilities, religion, socioeconomic factors, place of origin, or age. 

 

We are committed to increasing diversity in leadership, membership, and programming. The board plans to do this by implementing inclusivity of personnel, invited artists, and repertoire choices, as well as receiving professional guidance and training in creating more diversity. 

 

Here are some past, present, and future actions:

 

  • In 2021, created the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and meets monthly to establish accountability and action plans for moving forward 

  • Since 2021, we have been actively working towards diversifying the Board of Directors 

  • In 2021, created the New Jersey Flute Society scholarship to support all flutists financially to help enhance their musical career

  • Presently, all competition repertoire must include at least one piece by a BIPOC or LGBTQ+ composer in each category and competition round

  • Currently partnered with an anti-racist facilitator and educator, Kayla Kim Votapek, to continue our education 

  • Host an anti-racist educational event at the beginning of each season, free and open to all with Kayla Kim Votapek

  • In 2022, create an outreach program with NJFS members to give free flute sectionals to public schools

  • Starting in 2022, all of our events will have accessibility for differently abled individuals such as adding subtitles to videos of our classes that we share and make sure there is a ramp access to every building 

  • Furthering our community outreach by partnering with a local public school to offer free admission to our annual flute fair 

  • By the 2022-23 season, the board will place an accountability section in our bylaws if a member does not uphold the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity mission

 

The New Jersey Flute Society not only plans to implement the above points and beyond, but also hold each other accountable when a member of the society does not abide by our mission. We would like to acknowledge that mistakes can be made and we are continually learning. These consequences are for the purpose of collectively learning how to be more cognizant of our actions.

Our goal is to foster and welcome a safer environment for all flutists and give them a sense of belonging while celebrating each member’s contribution to our organization. We acknowledge that this journey will continue to evolve over time, and we hope to create a safer space for all flutists in our community and beyond. 

 

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**you must be an NJFS member to join**