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Jazz Artist Competition

2021 competitions are now closed. Repertoire requirements for next year are scheduled to be announced in August.


All 2021 NFA competitions will be held virtually!

Three finalists selected from the 2020 Jazz Artist Competition will be advancing to the final round of the 2021 NFA convention.  

The biennial Jazz Artist Competition is for outstanding jazz flutists; the next competition will be in Chicago in 2022. Three entrants will be selected to compete 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 12, 2004).


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Those entering this competition may also may also be eligible to apply for the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship, which provides $1500 toward NFA convention expenses.