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Jazz Artist Competition

Next Steps for the Jazz Artist Competition

Entrants will be notified by Thursday, April 30, 2020 of the judges' decisions. The three finalists chosen to advance will compete during a final round at the 2021 NFA Convention in Washington, D.C.

Please contact coordinator Gwyn Jones with any questions you may have.


The biennial Jazz Artist Competition is for outstanding jazz flutists. Three entrants will be selected to compete during the 2020 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).

Entrants must be 18 years of age by the first day of the convention (born on or before August 6, 2002).

Competition Requirements*

  • All flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted. If chosen to perform or present at the convention, flutists must also be current members at the time of the convention and register for the convention by July 1, 2020. To join or renew, go to
  • Completed entry
  • Uploaded files
  • $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 18, 2020.


Recorded Round Repertoire 

Each piece should be uploaded as a separate file in the following order. Movements may be uploaded separately if you choose. All uploaded files must be audio recordings. No videos are allowed.

  • Jerome Kern, “All the Things You Are” from Groovin' High: Volume 43 (Jamey Aebersold Jazz)
  • Dizzy Gillespie, “A Night in Tunisia” from Groovin' High: Volume 43 (Jamey Aebersold Jazz)
  • Toots Thielemans, “Bluesette” from Groovin' High: Volume 43 (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.) with not more than one original composition. 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 2020 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.


Gwyn Jones

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