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Young Artist Competition

The 44th annual Young Artist Competition for outstanding flutists will include 15 qualifying round contestants chosen from the first recorded round to compete at the 2022 NFA Convention in Chicago. These contestants will perform an unaccompanied audition on Wednesday (the day prior to the convention). A panel of judges will select six of these contestants to compete in the semifinal round and will then choose three finalists to appear in a final round. 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 $6,000, $3,000, and $1,500 will be awarded to the finalists, as well as $100 to each semifinalist not chosen as a finalist. The Young Artist Competition prize money is provided by John Willoughby in honor of Robert Willoughby on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. An additional $100 prize will be awarded to the finalist with the "Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work" supported by The Paul Taub Fund. The NFA will present the first-prize winner in a performance at its 2023 convention and honor the winner in The Flutist Quarterly.

The first-prize winner will be awarded a grant up to $3,000 to fund a project developed by the winner to advance their flute playing/teaching career. The project may consist of a concert tour, debut recital, audio/video recording, or some other similar type of professional project.

All entrants must be 30 years of age or younger by the last day of the convention (born on or after August 15, 1991). Entrants may be required to show proof of age. Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete.


HannahInvolvement in the National Flute Association is crucial to a young flutist’s life. I have greatly benefited as a flutist through my preparation for the four NFA competitions I’ve done. In addition to requiring intense practice on the required repertoire, applying to these competitions requires the skill to achieve high-quality recordings and excellent time-management and organization. Involvement in these competitions also provides an excellent opportunity to attend the annual convention, where you will learn, grow, and find incredible inspiration from the world’s finest flutists.

-Hannah Hammel, 2016 winner of the Young Artist Competition

Competition Requirements*

  • All flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted. If chosen to perform or present during the convention, flutists must also be current members at the time of the convention and register for the convention by July 1, 2022. To join or renew, go to
  • Completed entry
  • Uploaded files
  • $85 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. Central Standard Time, Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

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.

  • Henri Busser, Prélude et Scherzo, Op. 35 (any edition)
  • Jean-Marie Leclair, Flute Sonata in E minor, Op. 9, No.2, I. Andante & II. Allemanda: Allegro ma non troppo (any edition). Take no repeats. 
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa (Presser)

All Recorded Round repertoire must be recorded without piano accompaniment.

Quarterfinal Round Repertoire

This repertoire will be presented at the 2022 NFA Convention in Chicago. All repertoire will be performed unaccompanied. 

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger, Diaphonic Suite (Merion Music / Presser)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann, Fantasia No. 11 in G Major (any edition)
  • Ernö Dohnányi, Passacaglia Op. 48 No. 2 (Broude Brothers)

Semifinal Round Repertoire

This repertoire will be presented at the 2022 NFA Convention in Chicago. The NFA will provide a pianist for the semifinal round, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense.

  • Samuel Zyman, Sonata No. 2, II. Presto con spirito (Presser)
  • Shulamit Ran, Birds of Paradise, I. & II. (Presser)
  • NFA Commissioned Work (to be distributed to all quarterfinalists no later than June 1, 2022)

Final Round Repertoire

  • Finalists' choice

Each finalist shall create a program to be presented at the NFA Convention in Chicago demonstrating artistic maturity, technical and tonal qualities, and knowledge of program design and balance, excluding any repetitions of recorded round, quarterfinal round, or semifinal round repertoire. Single-movement works originally written for flute with orchestra (e.g., Martin Ballade, Mozart Andante, Griffes Poem) may be performed, but all or part of multi-movement concerti (Ibert, Jolivet, or Nielsen concertos, for example) may not be included on the program. Each program should be a maximum of 25 minutes. Please time your program carefully, as all contestants will be stopped after 25 minutes. Performers may omit repeats, long introductions or interludes in the piano score, or entire selected movements or variations. Otherwise, cuts are not permitted in the final round repertoire selection. Since the YAC is primarily a C flute competition, the vast majority of final round repertoire must be performed on C flute. Works must be unaccompanied OR accompanied by piano (i.e. no works for flute and electronics or flute and harpsichord). The NFA will provide a pianist for the final round, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense. Final round repertoire, including titles, movements, exact timings, composer’s dates, and publishers, must be included with your competition entry. Finalists will be bound by their original selections.

* Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the 2022 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.


Daniel Velasco

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

Support provided by

John Willoughby in honor of Robert Willoughby
on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.