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Piccolo Artist Competition

Next Steps for the Piccolo Artist Competition

Entrants will be notified by Thursday, April 30, 2020 of the judges' decisions. Six semifinalists will be selected to submit a video recording of the semifinal round repertoire. Please refer to the Recording Guidelines on the NFA Competition Information page. Upload your video recording here by Monday, August 3, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Following the semifinal round, three finalists will be chosen to advance and will compete during a final round at the 2021 NFA Convention in Washington, D.C.

Please contact coordinator Rachel Ordaz with any questions you may have.

The biennial Piccolo Artist Competition is for outstanding players of the piccolo. Six semifinalists will be selected to compete at the 2020 NFA Convention based on their recorded audition. Three of the semifinalists will then be chosen to perform in a convention recital. The NFA will provide a pianist for the semifinal and final rounds, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense.

Cash prizes of $1500, $750, and $400 will be awarded to the finalists, as well as $100 to each semifinalist not chosen as a finalist. A $100 award will be given to the competition finalist who gives the best performance of the newly commissioned work.

All entrants must be 30 years of age or younger by the last day of the convention (born on or after August 10, 1989). Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete.

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.

  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in C Major, RV 444, I. Allegro non molto (any edition)
  • Lowell Liebermann, Concerto for Piccolo, I. Andante comodo (Theodore Presser)
  • Mike Mower, Sonata for Piccolo, III. Fiery (Itchy Fingers)

Accompanied repertoire must be recorded with piano accompaniment.


Semifinal Round Repertoire

This repertoire will be presented at the 2020 NFA Convention.

  • NFA commissioned work to be sent to finalists no later than June 1
  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in C Major, RV 444, II. Largo & III. Allegro molto (any edition)
  • Katherine Hoover, Sketches for Piccolo, I. Dusk, II. Hide and Seek, & III. Danza (Pagagena Press)

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 or semifinal round repertoire. However, since repertoire for the piccolo is limited, keyboard reductions for concerti will be allowed, as well as one piccolo transcription, if desired. 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 2020 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.


Rachel Ordaz

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


The Piccolo Artist Competition is sponsored by Keefe Piccolos