The 37th annual High School Soloist Competition will feature eight finalists (selected based on their recorded round audition) competing at the 2023 NFA Convention in Phoenix. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $300 will be awarded to the finalists. In addition, the $400 Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship will be awarded to the first-place winner, to be used for further flute study with any teacher who is a member of the NFA. The $100 Deveau Scholarship will be awarded to the finalist who gives the best performance of the NFA commissioned work.
In addition to the eight finalists, three flutists will be selected from the recorded round to participate in the High School Masterclass led by Orlando “Maraca” Vallé at the 2023 NFA Convention in Phoenix. Other entrants may, upon unanimous recommendation from the recorded round judges, receive certificates of merit in recognition of the high quality of their work.
All entrants must meet BOTH of the following requirements:
Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete again.
All High School Soloist Competition applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application to participate in NPR’s From the Top Learning & Media Lab Fellowship. Beyond recording for an appearance on our radio program, participants will join a cohort of peers completing an online curriculum covering a range of topics—exploring career opportunities in the arts, audio production, community engagement, and more. For additional information, click here. Names of finalists in the NFA High School Soloist Competition will be shared with the From the Top team.
Each piece should be uploaded as a separate file in the following order. All uploaded files must be audio recordings. No videos are allowed.
All Recorded Round repertoire must be recorded WITH piano accompaniment.
This repertoire will be presented at the 2023 NFA Convention in Phoenix in the order of the finalist’s choosing. The NFA will provide a pianist for the final round, although winners may bring a pianist at their own expense.
Those entering this competition may also may also be eligible to apply for the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, which provides $1500 toward NFA convention expenses.