Baroque Flute Artist Competition

The triennial Baroque Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding performers on baroque flute. Six entrants will be chosen to compete at the NFA Convention. A panel of judges will then select three of these contestants to compete in the final round. The NFA will provide a harpsichordist for the semifinal and final rounds, although contestants may bring a harpsichordist at their own expense.

All repertoire must be performed on Baroque flute/traverso (with harpsichord when basso continuo is specified). All pieces should be played with repeats as written, with ornamentation at the performer’s discretion.

Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400 co-sponsored by the David Hart Fund and the NFA Endowment Fund will be awarded to the finalists, as well as $100 to each semifinalist not chosen as a finalist.

All entrants must be 35 years of age or younger by the last day of the convention (born on or after August 13, 1982). Entrants will be required to show proof of age at the convention. Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete.

Competition Requirements*

  • NFA membership - all flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted (
    Entrants chosen to perform or present at the convention must renew their membership (for the membership year beginning August 1, 2018) and register for the convention by July 1, 2018.
  • Completed entry
  • $55 entry fee (paid during submission process)

All entrants must submit their entry, upload recordings/supplemental materials, and pay competition and membership fees by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Recorded Round Repertoire
Each piece should be uploaded as a separate file in the following order. All uploaded files must be audio recordings. No videos are allowed.

  • Georg Philipp Telemann, Methodical Sonata No. 4 in D Major, I. Andante, II. Presto (any edition, record the fully ornamented version, where applicable)
  • François Couperin, Premiere Concert, I. Prelude (no repeat), II. Allemande (both repeats) (any edition)
  • Johann Joachim Quantz, Capriccio in F Major (any edition)

Accompanied repertoire must be recorded with harpsichord accompaniment.

Semifinal Round Repertoire
This repertoire will be presented at the 2018 NFA Convention.

  • Giovanni Benedetto Platti, Sonata in G Major Op. 3, No. 6, I. Adagio, IV. Arietta con Variazioni (all repeats) (any edition)
  • J.S. Bach, Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035, I. Adagio ma non tanto, II. Allegro (first repeat only) (any edition)
  • Jean-Marie Leclair, Sonata in E Minor, Op. 9, No. 2, II. Allemanda (first repeat only) (any edition)
  • C.P.E. Bach, Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 132, I. Poco Adagio, II. Allegro (first repeat only) (any edition)

Final Round Repertoire
Each finalist shall create a program demonstrating artistic maturity, technical and tonal qualities, and knowledge of program design and balance, excluding any repetitions of recorded round or semifinal round repertoire or any repertoire that contains keyboard reductions of ensemble accompaniments (i.e. concerti). One piece of the final round repertoire must be unaccompanied. Each program should be a maximum of 25 minutes. Please time your program carefully, as all contestants will be stopped after 25 minutes. Final round repertoire, including titles, movements, exact timings, composer’s dates, and publishers, must accompany the application. Finalists will be bound by their original selections.

* Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the 2018 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.

Leela Breithaupt

Those entering this competition may also may also be eligible to apply for the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, which provides $1000 toward NFA convention expenses.