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2021 Competition Winners and Finalists

Apr 14, 2021, 14:00 PM by National Flute Association


Below are the results of the 2021 NFA competitions with a brief explanation of next steps. Flutists for each competition are listed in alphabetical order. Congratulations to all!

Due to the events of 2020, the 2021 NFA Virtual Convention will also feature winners and finalists of the 2020 Baroque Flute Masterclass Competition, Masterclass Performers Competition, Jazz Artist Competition, Piccolo Artist Competition, and the CREATE Project. The 2020 High School, Collegiate, and Professional Flute Choirs will also be combined with the 2021 choirs. All of these individuals can be found under the 2020 winners listing here.
   

Solo Competitions:

Adult Amateur Flutist Competition

The winners will have the opportunity to be featured in the fall 2021 virtual event series.
- Miriam Nussbaum
- Jane Sandstrom

Baroque Flute Artist Competition
The semifinalists will submit a video recording of the semifinal round repertoire due June 1st, 2021. The final round will also be done by video recording.
Semifinalists
- Kelsey Burnham
- Thomas Reyna
- Gabrielle Rubio
- Ellen Sauer
Finalists
- Thomas Reyna
- Gabrielle Rubio
- Ellen Sauer

Convention Performers Competition
The winners will submit video recordings to be featured during the 2021 NFA Virtual Convention. Repertoire will be selected from the winners of the Newly Published Music Competition.
- Martin Godoy
- Dariya Nikolenko
- Tammara Phillips

High School Soloist Competition
The finalists will submit a video recording of the final round repertoire due July 1st, 2021.
Finalists
- Emily DeNucci
- Joanna Hsieh
- Choyi Lee
- Xiaoxi Li
- Chih Hao Liu
- Annika Moon
- Maya Stock
- Erica Wang
The following flutists have been selected as High School Masterclass participants and will receive online instruction from a master teacher.
- Hsin-Yu Chen
- Ellen Cheng
- Daniel Walker

Junior Soloist Competition
The finalists will submit a video recording of the final round repertoire due July 1st, 2021. These flutists will also perform in the Junior Masterclass and will receive online instruction from a master teacher.
Finalists
- Grace Kim
- Stephanie Kim
- Reina Shim

Young Artist Competition
The quarterfinalists will submit a video recording of the quarterfinal round repertoire due June 1st. Each subsequent round will also be done by video recording.
Quarterfinalists
- Peiyao Cheng
- Rachelle Crowell
- Dana Crytser
- Indigo Fischer
- Hayley Grainger
- Dominique Kim
- Jamie Kim
- Joanna Kim
- Jean Lee
- Elizabeth Lu
- Yidi Song
- Ivo Souza
- Olivia Staton
- Tessa Vermeulen
- You Yang
Semifinalists
- Peiyao Cheng
- Hayley Grainger
- Dominique Kim
- Jamie Kim
- Elizabeth Lu
- You Yang
Finalists
- Peiyao Cheng
- Hayley Grainger
- Dominique Kim
Best Performance of "Vidimus Stellam" by Sungji Hong
- Peiyao Cheng

Masterclass Competitions:

Masterclass Performers Competition
The winners will participate in a masterclass during the 2021 NFA Convention.
- Dominic Baldoni
- Marah Christenson
- Collin Stavinoha

Orchestral Audition & Masterclass Competition
The finalists will be chosen to perform a mock pre-recorded audition and perform in a masterclass during the 2021 NFA Convention.
- Hae Jee (Ashley) Cho
- Abby Easterling
- Tyler Martin

Piccolo Orchestral Audition & Masterclass Competition
The finalists will be chosen to perform a mock pre-recorded audition and perform in a masterclass during the 2021 NFA Convention.
- Sarah Miller
- Samuel Williams
- Ka Wing Wong

Flute Choir Competitions:

Collegiate Flute Choir Competition
The winners will participate in the Collegiate Flute Choir during the 2021 NFA Convention. These winners will be combined with the Collegiate Flute Choir 2020 winners (listed here) to form a grand ensemble. 
- Karlynn Baker
- Riley Bender
- Ariel Collins
- Molly Damitio
- Anna Fenn
- John Goodson
- Nicole Laborie
- Mariah Manolatos
- Ren Mattson
- Colleen McCracken
- Aliza Nogueras
- Taylor R Rook
- Kaylee Smith
- Amanda Welch
- Erica Wilkins

High School Flute Choir Competition
The winners will participate in the High School Flute Choir during the 2021 NFA Convention. These winners will be combined with the High School Flute Choir 2020 winners (listed here) to form a grand ensemble. 
- Lorien Britt
- Alexis Cai
- Avery Chen
- Eujin Chung
- Vivien Jia
- Audrey Lawrence
- Ivy Liang
- Lydia Liu
- Ananya Navale
- Akshara Sankar
- Isabella Tang
- Lilly Walz
- Holly Zhao

Jazz Flute Big Band Competition
The winners will perform with a rhythm section consisting of piano, bass, and drums under leader Yuko Hoshi during the 2021 NFA Convention. Parts and play-along tracks will be made available to the audition winners in April.
- Michael Abresch
- Joe Anderies
- Gail Blackburn
- Francesca Bottero
- Marie-Véronique Bourque
- Betsy Braud
- Erica Bruner
- Gene Coleman
- Erin Doyle
- Haruna Fukazawa
- Michele Gordon
- Lynda Harman
- Jocelyn Olivia Hatzl
- Frida Hidalgo Mancillas
- Elaine Hochheiser
- Owen Imhof
- Gwyn Jones
- Michiko Kadoya
- Norma Kelsey
- Yuki Kitazawa
- Samantha Kochis
- Yuko Kurihara
- Alex Lui
- Alice Mullins
- Sanae Nakayama
- Bianca Najera
- Yuko Okubo
- Talia Phillips-Ortega
- Donna Sevcovic
- Debra Stombres
- Megan Trach
- Melanie Valencia
- Betty Whyte
- Beth Williams

Professional Flute Choir Competition
The winners will participate in the Professional Flute Choir during the 2021 NFA Convention. These winners will be combined with the Professional Flute Choir 2020 winners (listed here) to form a grand ensemble. 
- Gail Blackburn
- Traci Bluhm
- Bonnie Cochran
- Haruna Fukazawa
- Genevieve Hahn
- Meagan Gaskill
- Debbie Gilbert
- Ryan MacDonald
- Maria Ramey
- Amanda Sage
- Debra Schild
- Lucille Snell
- Sydnee Stein
- Aimee Toner
- Madeleine Wilmsen

Non-Performance Competitions:

Flute Choir Call for Scores
The winning composition will be performed by the Professional Flute Choir.
- Cole Reyes: Do Not Disturb
Honorable Mention
Lenia Bolano: Spider Web

Graduate Research Competition
The winner will submit a video recording of their presentation summarizing the contributions of their project to be featured during the 2021 NFA Convention. The abstract will be published in The Flutist Quarterly.
- Alexandra Aguirre: Finding Messiaen’s Blackbird

Newly Published Music Competition
Select winning publications will be recorded by the winners of the Convention Performers Competition and the video recordings will be featured by the NFA.
PICCOLO
Winner:
- Embraceable Lenny, A. Cavicchi, ALRY Publications
Finalists:
- Piccolo Sonata No. 6, G. Shocker, ALRY
- Scars and Scrapes Forever, K. Laufer, ALRY
Honorable Mention:
- Night Songs for Moths, L. Neher, D.C. al Platypus Publishing

PEDAGOGICAL WORKS / METHODS / ETUDE BOOKS
Winner:
- 24 Melodious Warm-Ups – Joan Sparks (Presser) 
Finalists:
- Infinity: Circular Breathing Exercises, Etudes, and Works
- A Flutist’s Guide to the Voxman Etudes – Bishop and Darling 
Honorable Mention:
- 14 Melodic Exercises from Op. 86 for Alto Flute – Palashko/Johnston

SOLO FLUTE
Winners:
- Amhran na hEascainne by Sarah Bassingthwaite, ALRY
- Yuhwa by Adolphus Hailstork, Presse
Finalists:
- The Sacred Flutist by Judy Nishimura, ALRY
- Nocturnes for the Nativity by Daniel Dorff, Presser
- Blackheath by Fran Griffin, ALRY
Honorable Mentions:
- Air in G Minor by Lou Harrison, Frog Peak Music
- Haiku No. 3 by Marcel Chyrzynski, PWM Edition

FLUTE DUETS
Winners: 
- Trio Sonata no. 5 by JS Bach, arr. Walker, ALRY
Finalists:
- Three Duets by WF Bach, arr. Berman, Presser
- Three Amoroso Arias by W.A. Mozart, arr. E. Walker, WonderfulWinds
- Trio Sonata no. 1 by JS Bach, arr. Walker, ALRY
- A Night at the Opera, Parry, Alley, Aura Capra
Honorable Mention:
- Canadian Critters Suite by the Amati Composition Club, FlutePlay Printing Press

FLUTE TRIOS
Winner:
- Trio no. 1 in E minor, op. 86 by Friedrich Kuhlau, ed. Matt Johnson, ALRY
Finalists:
- Summer Suite by Daniel Zipin ed. Katherine Bost Jones, ALRY
- On the Move for Three Flutes (any size) by Phyllis Avidan Louke, Presser
Honorable Mention:
- The Sailor and The Sea by Peter J. Pecora Jr., Wonderful Winds

FLUTE QUARTETS
Winner:
- Los Caballos  by Gay Kahkonen,  Alry Publications
Finalists:
- Grand Quartet in e minor, by Kuhlau, ed. Johnston, ALRY
- Drying land, dying land? by F. Griffin, ALRY
Honorable Mentions:
- A Christmas Trilogy by K. Melago, ALRY

FLUTE AND PIANO (Original Works)
Winners:
- Jin Ta Mongol: Sonata for Flute and Piano Op.6, Tu&Du
- Johann Gottfried Müthel: Sonata in D Major, ALRY Publications
Finalists:
- J. Lezcano: Postcards, Cayambis
- L. Bost-Sandberg: The whirring dusk, Chromaworks press
- D. Baker: Flute Concerto, Forton Music
- E. Eads: Sonata for flute and piano, ALRY Publications
Honorable Mentions:
- J. Andersen: Schwedische Polska-Lieder op. 50, Musikverlag Zimmermann
- E. Charpentier: Three Pieces v.2, Cayambis
- P. Register: Una Cortina Translúcida, ALRY Publications
- Eric Ewazen: A Song from the Heart, Presser
- Y. Povolotsky, Sonata Amoroso, Forton Music

FLUTE AND PIANO (Arrangements and Transcriptions)
Winner:
- J. S. Bach (Arr. Elizabeth Parry and John Alley): Flute Obbligatos, Aura Capra Editions
Finalist:
- J. Bologne (Arr. Matt Johnson): Sonata No. 1 Op. 1a, ALRY Publications
Honorable Mention:
- Gabriel Faure (Arr. Elizabeth Parry and John Alley): Aprés un Rêve: 12 Melodies for Flute and Piano, Aura Capra Editions
- James Rae: Sounds Irish for Flute and Piano, Universal Edition

MIXED DUETS
Winners:
- The Passage of Time by Jonathan Slade, AureaCapra Editions
- Leaves by Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Chromaworks Press
Finalists:
- Kota by Jukka-Pekka Lehto, Periferia Publishing
- “Una cortina translúcida” by P. Brent Register, ALRY Publications
- Four Vignettes for Flute and Trombone by James A. Beckel Jr., James A. Beckel Jr.
Honorable Mentions:
- Sinitaivas by Jukka-Pekka Lehto, Metropolis Music Publishers
- Inner Me, Anze Rozman, ALRY Publications
- Cosmopolydian by Nico Schoeters, Metropolis Music Publishers

MIXED CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
Winner:
- Bocanada: Rhapsody for Ten Musicians by León Sosa, ALRY
- El Aya by N. Velarde, Cayambis/ALRY 
Finalists:
- Christmas Suite, ed. P. Bloesch, ALRY
- Grand Quatour in D minor, Op. 103 by Kuhlau, arr. Camus (ed. Johnston), ALRY  
- Y cuando me haya ido by L. Osmon, ALRY
- Phantasy Quintet by Vaughan Williams, arr. Guarnuccio, ALRY 
Honorable Mentions
- Corcovado from Saudades do Brasil  by D. Milhaud, arr. Bronkhorst, ALRY 
- Five Fugues, C. Nielsen, arr. Rainford: Forton Music

LOW FLUTES
Winner: 
- Ballade for alto flute, bass flute, and piano by Daniel Dorff, Theodore Presser
Honorable Mentions: 
 - Folktale for alto and bass flute by Ali Ryerson, Theodore Presser
- when it rains / the river stands still by LisaBost-Sandberg, Chromaworks Press

LOW FLUTE ENSEMBLE
Winner: 
- Paige Dashner-Long Dancing Dessert Suite for low flute choir, ALRY
Honorable Mention: 
- Marian Chorals and Hymns arranged by Cathi Marro, ALRY
- Jonathan Cohen Marshal the Metal! Tetractys Publishing

FLUTE ENSEMBLE
Winners:
- The Planets Re-Imagined, Various, Forton Music
- Prayer for Flute Choir, Harp, and Percussion by Amanda Harbeg, Presser
- Gavota by M.M. Ponce, arr. H.J. Rodriguez, ALRY
- Q for Quarantined Flute Choir, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, ALRY
Honorable Mentions:
- A Summer Evening in Hawai’i, Charles Edward Wheeler, Arr. Matt Johnston, ALRY
- Fugue in G Minor BWV 542, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arr. Teemu Huunonen, ALRY
- Borealis by A. Molnar-Suhajda, ALRY
- Shenandoah, Traditional, arr. A. Molnar-Suhajda, ALRY
- Six Norwegian Mountain Melodies by. E. Grieg, arr. M. Orris, Wonderful Winds 

SOLO FLUTE AND ENSEMBLE
Winner:
- Valse di Bravura: 2 flutes and orchestra, F. and K. Doppler, J. Letto, ALRY
Finalists:
- Lowly Conversations: For Solo Low Flute and Flute Choir, P. Long, ALRY
- Dry Weather Legend, R. Bennett, J. and P. Somers, Maurice River Press
Honorable Mention:
- Oblivion, A. Piazzola, C. Fernandez, SilverWinds Publishing

WOODWIND QUINTET
Winners:
- Axis Mundi by Robert Anton Strobel, Forton Music
Finalists:
- Chameleons by Nicole Buetti, Forton Music
- A Parting Glass by Garth Baxter, ALRY
- Hit the Bricks by Niole Chamberlain, Spotted Rocket
Honorable Mention:
- Peanuts, Aunty Rag, E. Eanist. Arr. M. Johnston, ALRY