World Flute Society


Jonny Lipford

Jonny Lipford is an award-winning musician specializing in the music produced with Native American flutes and a variety of world flutes. His music embodies characteristics of New Age music joined with a touch of pop, resulting in the listener feeling relaxed and uplifted. His mission is to create and compose music that highlights the Native American flute, while pushing its boundaries and making it more accessible to audiences of diverse backgrounds.

After hearing it in a cartoon at the age of 13, Jonny received his first Native American flute in 2002 as a Christmas gift. This instrument provided a voice for Jonny as an artist and he has since made his mark as one of the most versatile performers of the Native American flute.

Jonny’s solo works spans more than 16 independent albums. Among his progressive contributions within the Native American music industry, he has garnered several accolades including three Indian Summer Music Awards, six Silver Arrow Awards, and one Humanity 4 Water award. Jonny has also had the honor of being nominated by the Native American Music Awards six times for his original works.

Not only is Jonny Lipford a well-decorated artist, he is also an instructor and has worked with hundreds of students helping them learn how to play the Native American flute. His passion for connecting and instructing students in a meaningful and charismatic way has led him to be one of the most sought-after instructors of the Native American flute. He regularly teaches the Native American flute in one-on-one lessons via Skype/Facetime, in person, and in a group setting through workshops, seminars and flute schools. Jonny is the co-founder and director of the Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival and the Sweetgrass Flute School in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Jonny is based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he records and produces new music. His life-long goal continues to be writing and composing music that reaches new audiences and encourages inspiration within those who hear the voice of the Native American flute.