Jazz Artist Competition

The biennial Jazz Artist Competition is open to all flutists. Three entrants will be selected to compete during the 2018 NFA Convention as jazz soloists with a rhythm section (provided by the NFA) consisting of piano, bass, and drums. Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400 will be awarded to the finalists.

Entrants may play either piccolo, C flute, alto flute, or bass flute on their recordings. Each selection must include one or two improvised choruses. Audition repertoire should be played with jazz piano, guitar, or full rhythm section accompaniment, OR with a play-along recording (ie. Aebersold, Band-in-a-Box, iRealb).

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
  • $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.

  • Miles Davis, “Donna Lee” from Charlie Parker-All Bird: Volume 6 (Jamey Aebersold Jazz)
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Wave” from Jazz Bossa Novas: Volume 31 (Jamey Aebersold Jazz)
  • Juan Tizol, “Perdido” from Duke Ellington: Volume 12 (Jamey Aebersold Jazz)

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 repertoire. Each program should be a maximum of 25 minutes (including time between movements, pieces, applause, etc.). Please time your program carefully, as all finalists 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.

Ernesto Fernandez

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


Prize money provided by Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, LLC