UFA 2025 Flute Convention

March 7 & 18, 2025
Location TBA

We are thrilled to announce that our Miyazawa-Sponsored Guest Artist for this year’s convention is Nicole Esposito –international flutist and Professor of Flute at the University of Iowa!


March 7, 2025
Sonata Competition

March 8, 2025

– See Detailed information on scheduled events below –

9:00 am – Flute Yoga with Sally Humphreys (Concert Hall)
9:30 am – Morning Warm-Ups with Nicole Esposito (Concert Hall)
10:00 am – Masterclass with Nicole Esposito (Concert Hall)
11:00 am – Teacher Networking with Brittni McDonald (Band Room)
12:00 pm – Lunch and Visiting the Vendors (Lobby)
1:00 pm – “Hi Barbie” Recital featuring Dr. Adrienne Read, Dr. Tia Jaynes, and Rachel Christensen (Band Room)
2:00 pm – Artist Performer Competition Finals (Concert Hall)
2:00 pm – Video Game Workshop with Anna Lisa Davidson (Choir Room)
3:00 pm– High School Scholarship Competition Winners Recital (Concert Hall)
3:30 pm– Nicole Esposito Recital (Concert Hall)
4:30 pm – Sonata Competition Winner Announcement (Concert Hall)

MountainWest FluteFest Day

*a sneak peek into our MountainWest FluteFest 4-day festival we hold in the summer!*
This year we will have a second event, designed for our younger flutists, that runs simultaneously with the convention. The MountainWest FluteFest Day is a discounted and shorter convention designed for our younger flutists, grades K-10. Compare the two schedules and see which one works best for you!

11:00-12:00 – Hand Position Class (Theory Classroom)
12:00pm – Lunch and Visiting the Vendors (Lobby)
1:00 – Flute Craft:  Paint Your Own Bamboo Flute! (Theory Classroom)
Receive a six-hole bamboo flute to paint, decorate, keep, and play!  Led by Katrina Young
2:00 pm – Video Game Workshop with Anna Lisa Davidson (Choir Room)
3:00 pm– High School Scholarship Competition Winners Recital (Concert Hall)


All day member: $20 (Please note if you are also participating in the Sonata Competition, that will be a separate, additional registration and payment.)
Single event member: $8
All day non member: $30
Single event non member: $12
MWFF Day: $15

Lunch is available for Preorder with your registration. All lunches are $5 and are nonrefundable after the sign up deadline. Lunch orders may be made until March 1st.

Schedule Details

Flute Yoga with Sally Humphreys

Morning Warm-Ups with Nicole Esposito

Masterclass with Nicole Esposito (Performance Spots Available!)

Teacher Networking with Brittni McDonald

“Hi Barbie” Recital

Artist Performer Competition Finals

Video Game Workshop with Anna Lisa Davidson

High School Scholarship Winners Recital

Nicole Esposito Recital

MountainWest FluteFest Day

Featured Artists

Nicole Esposito

A charismatic and versatile flutist, Nicole Esposito is the flute professor and head of the woodwind area at The University of Iowa School of Music, where she is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award and International Teaching Engagement Award, and also serves as a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Chile.

She has achieved a career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia and is a sought-after master teacher at festivals, universities and conservatories around the world. Professor Esposito holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan.

She has published articles on Banddirector.com, The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Focus and Flute Talk Magazines and can be heard on the Albany Records, MSR Classics and Con Brio Recordings labels.  Esposito’s most recent recordings include “Dancing in Dreams” and “Intersections” with Turkish harpist Çagatay Akyol, both released on MSR Classics. Her primary flute teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Amy Porter, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Steele, and Catherine Payne, with additional study with Mark Sparks, Alberto Almarza, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer. Nicole Esposito is Miyazawa Flutes, Burkart Piccolo, and LefreQue Performing Artist.

Mitchell Giambalvo

Dr. Mitchell Giambalvo moved to Salt Lake City on a whim right before the pandemic. Originally from Pennsylvania, he received his doctorate from Florida State University in piano performance. He went back to complete a second Masters degree in collaborative piano before teaching piano at Troy University in Alabama. After moving to SLC in 2019, Giambalvo is highly active in collaborating.

On staff at the University of Utah where he is a vocal diction coach for singers and works with instrumentalists, Giambalvo is also a pianist with the Utah Symphony, works with faculty at UVU, BYU,  and U of U, as well as performs on the NOVA Chamber Series. 

Sponsors & Vendors


  • We are grateful for the generous support of our Anonymous Donor, committed to creating meaningful opportunities for Utah flutists of all ages.
  • The Zoo, Arts, and Parks Foundation. The mission of the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program is to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, and recreational offerings. ZAP currently provides support for 233 arts and cultural nonprofits.
  • Special thanks to Summerhays Music for donating to our Convention lunch!


MountainWest FluteFest

Riverton Music

Miyazawa Flutes

Pro Flutes

Burkart Flutes

Brannen Flutes

Carolyn Nussbaum Flutes

Haynes Flutes

Sankyo Flutes