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NFA Competition Information

2024 competition results are now available!

Check back in the fall for 2025 competition information.

The National Flute Association holds 22 competitions to reward outstanding performers, composers, publishers, scholars, and entrepreneurs. Among these are 18 performance competitions to select outstanding flutists to perform at the NFA convention and four non-performance competitions. You can find full historical lists of all our competition winners here.

For full details, rules, and instructions visit the webpage for each individual competition below.


Competitions

Solo

Adult Amateur Flutist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Please note for this competition: The deadline for this competition is March 15th, 2024.

Baroque Flute Artist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,500, $750, $400, $100, $100, $100

Convention Performers

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65

High School Soloist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,000 + Geoffrey Gilbert Scholarship, $500, $300.
$100 Deveau Scholarship for best performance of NFA commissioned work

Jazz Artist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,500, $750, $400

Junior Soloist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $500, $250, $100

Low Flute Artist

Next Held: 2025
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,500, $750, and $400

Piccolo Artist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,500, $750, $400, $100, $100, $100

Young Artist

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $100
Competition Prize: $8,000, $4,000, $2000, $100, $100, $100.
$250 Paul Taub Award for best performance of NFA commissioned work

Masterclass

Baroque Flute Masterclass

Next Held: 2026
Entry Fee: $65

Jazz Flute Masterclass

Next Held: 2025
Entry Fee: $65

Masterclass Performers

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65

Orchestral Audition & Masterclass

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,000, $750, $400

Piccolo Orchestral Audition & Masterclass

Next Held: 2025
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $1,000, $750, $400

Flute Choir

Collegiate

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65

High School

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65

Jazz Flute Big Band Audition

Next Held: 2025
Entry Fee: $65

Professional

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65

Non-Performance

C.R.E.A.T.E. Project

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Competition Prize: $2,000

Flute Choir Call for Scores

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: n/a

Newly Published Music

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: n/a
Please note for this competition: Entries must be postmarked by January 10, 2024 and received by January 17, 2024

Graduate Research

Next Held: 2024
Entry Fee: $65
Please note for this competition: 

  • All entrants must submit their entry, upload recordings/supplemental materials, and pay competition and membership fees by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday, January 17, 2024.
  • Any supporting materials sent by regular mail must be postmarked by January 10, 2024 and received by January 17, 2024.

2024 General Competition Information, Rules, and Regulations.

The NFA will hold 17 competitions for its 2024 convention. All recorded round materials must be performed WITH accompaniment unless otherwise specified. Live rounds at the 2024 NFA Convention in San Antonio will be presented with accompaniment unless otherwise specified. Please review the information below as well as the information for the specific competition that you wish to enter.

NFA Membership and Convention Registration
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, 2024. To join or renew, go to nfaonline.org/signup

Submission Process 
Contestants must complete a separate entry for each competition they wish to enter.

The entry form, recordings/supplemental materials, and fees must be submitted by Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time unless otherwise specified on the individual competition page.

After completing your application, you will receive an email with a link for uploading your materials. Please check your spam folder if you cannot find it.

Accessibility

The NFA is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all convention participants. Entrants who move forward in their competition will be asked if they have accessibility needs as part of the confirmation process so the NFA may provide the necessary support.

Competition Recordings/Supplemental Materials

Editing a recording, including studio-produced effects, or talking during a recording is strictly prohibited.

Do not post your competition recordings/supplemental materials on social media sites (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) prior to May 1, 2024.

No repertoire substitutions will be accepted. Carefully read all details related to required selections, including keys, opus numbers, movements, and publishers.

Competition Information
Convention recordings may become part of the NFA archives.

Contestants are expected to demonstrate the ability to represent the NFA in a professional manner and shall exhibit appropriate behavior, attitude, and demeanor toward judges, fellow contestants, and others and may be evaluated on those qualities.

Contestants may not contact or communicate in any way, directly or indirectly, with any competition judge before the competition commences or at any time prior to the announcement of the contest winners.

Competitions are subject to all rules and regulations on this page as well as the provisions stated on each individual applicable competition page.

Decisions of the judges are final.

NFA will notify competition entrants by e-mail in late April concerning their status.

Failure to abide by the rules and regulations above may result in disqualification from the competition.  

General Competitions Coordinator
Shauna Thompson
shauna.thompson@tcu.edu

General Competitions Assistant Coordinator
Virginia Broffitt Kunzer
virginiabroffitt@yahoo.com