NFA Competition Information

The deadline for the 2019 NFA Competitions has passed. Entrants will be notified by e-mail in late April concerning their status.

The National Flute Association holds 20 competitions to reward outstanding performers, composers, publishers, scholars, and entrepreneurs.

Among these are 16 performance competitions to select outstanding flutists to perform at the NFA convention as well as 4 non-performance competitions.

Submission deadline was Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


Competitions Next Held Entry Fee   Competition Prize
   Alto Flute Artist 2019 $55   $1,500, $750, and $400
   Baroque Flute Artist 2021 TBD   $1,500, $750, $400, $100, $100, $100
   Convention Performers 2019 $55    
   High School Soloist 2019 $55   $1,000 + Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship + From the Top automatic finalist, $500, $300, Deveau Scholarship
   Jazz Artist 2020 TBD   $1,500, $750, $400
   Piccolo Artist 2020 TBD   $1,500, $750, $400, $100, $100, $100
   Young Artist 2019 $85   $6,000 + Career Enhancement Grant, $3,000, $1500, $100, $100, $100
   Baroque Flute 2020 TBD    
   Jazz Flute 2019 $55    
   Masterclass Performers 2019 $55    
   Orchestral Audition & Masterclass 2019 $55   $1,000, $750, $400
   Piccolo Orchestral Audition & Masterclass 2019 $55   $1,000, $750, $400
Flute Choir
   Collegiate 2019 $55    
   High School 2019 $55    
   Jazz Flute Big Band Audition 2019 $55    
   Professional 2019 $55    
   C.R.E.A.T.E. Project 2020 TBD   $2,000
   Flute Choir Composition 2019 $55   $2,000
   Graduate Research 2019 $20    
   Newly Published Music 2019 n/a    


2019 General Competition Information & Rules and Regulations
The NFA will hold 15 competitions for its 47th annual convention in Salt Lake City, UT, August 1-4, 2019. Please review the information below as well as the information for the specific competition that you wish to enter.

Submission deadline is Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

NFA Membership and Convention Registration

All flutists must be current NFA members (for the membership year ending July 31, 2019). To join or renew, go to Entrants chosen to perform or present at the convention must renew their membership (for the membership year beginning August 1, 2019). Entrants must also register for the convention by July 1, 2019.

Submission Process 
Contestants must complete a separate entry for each competition they wish to enter.

The entry form, recordings/supplemental materials, and fees must be submitted by Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Competition Recordings/Supplemental Materials
Editing a recording, including studio-produced effects, or talking during a recording is strictly prohibited.
Do not post your competition recordings/supplemental materials on social media sites (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) prior to May 1, 2019.

No repertoire substitutions will be accepted. Carefully read all details related to required selections, including keys, opus numbers, movements, and publishers.

Competition Information
Entrants chosen to perform or present at the 2019 convention in Salt Lake City, UT agree to appear at their own expense. Flute Choir Composition Competition entrants are not required to attend convention and are exempt from this requirement.  

Convention recordings may become part of the NFA archives.

Contestants are expected to demonstrate the ability to represent the NFA in a professional manner, and shall exhibit appropriate behavior, attitude and demeanor toward judges, fellow contestants and others, and may be evaluated on those qualities.

Contestants may not contact or communicate in any way, directly or indirectly, with any competition judge before the competition commences or at any time prior to the announcement of the contest winners.
Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the provisions stated on each individual applicable competition page.

Decisions of the judges are final.

NFA will notify competition entrants by e-mail in late April concerning their status.

Failure to abide by the rules and regulations above may result in disqualification from the competition.  

General Competitions Coordinator
Pamela Youngblood

Past Competition Information