Canadian jazz flutist, Bill McBirnie, is a winner in the National Flute Association's (NFA) Jazz Flute Master Class Competition which was held in August, 2003 at the NFA's Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Also in attendance at this year's NFA Convention were American jazz flutist, Hubert Laws, as well as Canadian classical flutist and composer, Robert Aitken. Both Hubert Laws and Robert Aitken received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the NFA for their longstanding contributions to the instrument in both the jazz and classical fields respectively.
Bill has been a longstanding "disciple" of Hubert Laws since hearing Laws' first 1964 recording, The Laws of Jazz, with a young Chick Corea on piano. In addition, Bill is a former flute student of Robert Aitken's.
Given both Bill's and Robert's strong showings at the 2003 NFA Convention, it is evident that Canada acquitted itself admirably in both the jazz and the classical realms at this year's event.
[NOTE: The National Flute Association was founded in 1973. It has grown to become the largest flute organization in the world with more than 6,000 members from more than 50 countries. The NFA Jazz Flute Master Class Competition is a triennial event.]