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Alto Flute Artist Competition

The Alto Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding players of the alto flute, who may also choose to include a piece(s) performed on the bass flute. Six entrants will be chosen to compete at the 2019 NFA Convention. The NFA will provide a pianist, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense. A floor microphone will be available for pieces performed on the bass flute. All repertoire must be performed on alto flute or bass flute. Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400 will be awarded to the finalists.

All entrants must be 22 years of age or older by the first day of the convention (born on or before August 1, 1997). Entrants will be required to show proof of age at the convention.

Competition Requirements*

  • NFA membership - all flutists must be current NFA members at the time the entry is submitted (
    Entrants chosen to perform or present at the convention must renew their membership (for the membership year beginning August 1, 2019) and register for the convention by July 1, 2019.
  • Completed entry
  • $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 19, 2019.

Recorded Round Repertoire

Each piece should be uploaded as a separate file in the following order. All uploaded files must be audio recordings. No videos are allowed.

Required piece:

  • Katherine Hoover, “What Goes Around” for alto flute and piano from Two for Two (Papagena Press)

Select two pieces from the following list:

  • Donald Erb, Music for Mother Bear for solo alto flute (Merion Music)
  • Katherine Hoover, “Tango” for bass flute and piano from Two for Two (Papagena Press)
  • Mike Mower, Sonnets – 2 Pieces for alto flute & piano (one or both Sonnets (Itchy Fingers)
  • Lowell Liebermann, Eight Pieces for bass flute, alto flute, C-flute or piccolo, Op. 59 (any two movements on bass flute) (Theodore Presser)

Accompanied repertoire must be recorded with piano accompaniment.

Final Round Repertoire

This repertoire will be presented at the 2019 NFA Convention. Each program should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please time your program carefully, as all contestants will be stopped after 20 minutes. 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.

Required piece:

  • André Jolivet, Incantation - Pour que l’image devienne symbole (Gérard Billaudot Éditeur)

Select two or three pieces from the following list. For one of your pieces, you may choose to improvise on solo alto flute or solo bass flute in any style.

  • Vincent Persichetti, Parable for solo alto flute (Theodore Presser)
  • Mike Mower, Night in Greenwich (performed on alto flute or bass flute) (Itchy Fingers)
  • Carl Dimow, “Dreams of Yesterday and Tomorrow” for bass flute and guitar (or piano) from Klezmer Suite (If you choose to perform this piece with guitar, you will be required to bring your own guitarist. The NFA will provide a pianist, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense. (ALRY Publications)
  • Dan Kessner, Priere et Scherzo for bass flute and piano (Theodore Front Music)
  • J.S Bach, Solo Partita in A minor, BWV 1013 (choose the Courante and/or the Sarabande) (any edition)
  • Gary Schocker, Sonata for a Lost Planet for alto flute and piano (choose one or two movements) (Theodore Presser)

* Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the 2019 General Competition Information and Rules and Regulations. Incomplete entries will be subject to disqualification.

Chris Potter