High School Soloist Competition

The winner of the High School Soloist Competition becomes an automatic finalist in NPR’s radio program, From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, America’s largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians.

The 34th annual High School Soloist Competition will feature eight finalists (selected based on their recorded round audition) competing at the 2018 NFA Convention. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $300 will be awarded to the finalists. In addition, the $400 Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship will be awarded to the first-place winner, to be used for further flute study with any teacher who is a member of the NFA. The $100 Deveau Scholarship will be awarded to the finalist who gives the best performance of the new work commissioned by the NFA for this competition. 

All entrants must have been full-time students enrolled in an accredited institution during the 2017-2018 academic year in grades 9-12 or the equivalent and between the ages of 14 and 19 on the first day of the convention. 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 (nfaonline.org/register)
    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 (Link will be available December 1, 2017.)
  • $55 entry fee (paid during submission process)

It is a great honor to have won the 2016 NFA High School Soloist Competition. The whole preparation process of this competition helped me to learn time management skills, focus in my training, and refine my performance. At the convention, I got the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with the other contestants about interpretation, style, and tone color. In addition, the comments from the competition judges were invaluable. For me, the NFA convention is much more than just a competition. I was able to take advantage of the masterclasses, topical seminars, and concerts, and I found great motivation in being surrounded by performers, teachers and flute enthusiasts. It was an incredible and memorable experience to last a lifetime.

-Lindsey Wong, 2016 winner of the High School Soloist Competition

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.

  • Philippe Gaubert, Fantaisie (any edition)
  • Daniel Dorff, Sonata (Three Lakes), III. Salmon Lake (Theodore Presser Company)

Accompanied repertoire must be recorded with piano accompaniment.

Final Round Repertoire
This repertoire will be presented at the 2018 NFA Convention in the order of the finalist’s choosing.

  • NFA commissioned work to be sent to finalists no later than June 1
  • C.P.E. Bach, Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 132 (or H. 562), III. Allegro (any edition)
  • Paul Taffanel, Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino (any edition)

* 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.

COORDINATOR
John Lane
nfahssoloist@gmail.com

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

 
Support provided by Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.