NFA Competition Information

The National Flute Association holds 19 competitions to reward outstanding performers, composers, publishers, scholars, and entrepreneurs.

Among these are 15 performance competitions to select outstanding flutists to perform at the NFA convention as well as 4 non-performance competitions.

Submissions are due Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Competitions Next Held Entry Fee   Competition Prize
   Baroque Flute Artist 2018 $55   $1,500, $750, $400
   Convention Performers 2018 $55    
   High School Soloist 2018 $55   $1,000 + Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship + From the Top automatic finalist, $500, $300, Deveau Scholarship
   Jazz Artist 2018 $55    
   Piccolo Artist* 2018 $55   $1,500, $750, $250
   Young Artist* 2018 $85   $6,000 + Career Enhancement Grant, $3,000, $1500
   Baroque Flute 2020      
   Jazz Flute 2019      
   Masterclass Performers 2018 $55    
   Orchestral Audition 2018 $70   $1,000, $750, $500
   Piccolo Orchestral Audition 2019     $500, $300, $200
Flute Choir
   Collegiate 2018 $55    
   High School 2018 $55    
   Jazz Flute Big Band 2019      
   Professional 2018 $55    
   C.R.E.A.T.E. 2018 $70   $2,000
   Flute Choir Composition 2018 $20   $2,000
   Graduate Research 2018 $20    
   Newly Published Music 2018 n/a    

*These competitions offer additional prizes. Please check the competition pages for more information.

2018 General Competition Information & Rules and Regulations

The NFA will hold 15 competitions for its 46th annual convention in Orlando, FL, August 9-12, 2018. Please review the information below as well as the information for the specific competition that you wish to enter.

Submissions are due Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

NFA Membership and Convention Registration
All flutists must be current NFA members (for the membership year ending July 31, 2018). 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, 2018). Entrants must also register for the convention by July 1, 2018.

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 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central 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, 2018.

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

Competition Information
Entrants agree to appear at the 2018 convention in Orlando, FL at their own expense. Flute Choir Composition Competition entrants are exempt are exempt from this requirement.  

Convention recordings may become part of the NFA archives.

Prize monies (where applicable) will be paid by check in U.S. dollars, not by wire transfer, or by other specialized financial services. Conversion of funds is the responsibility of each prize winner.

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