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Low Flute Artist Competition

This competition will next be held at the 2025 NFA Convention.

The triennial Low Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding players of low flutes. Six entrants will be chosen to compete at the 2025 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 top three finalists.

All entrants must be 22 years of age or older by the first day of the convention. Entrants will be required to show proof of age at the convention. Previous first-place winners of this competition are ineligible to compete again.

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, 2025. To join or renew, go to
  • Completed entry
  • $65 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, TBA.

Below is the repertoire list from the 2022 Alto Flute Artist Competition:


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:

  • Adolphus Hailstork, Flute Set, I. Moderato con anima & III. Lento e teneramente (Presser). The composer has given permission for applicants to revise this piece for alto flute. (octave transpositions only)

Select two pieces from the following list:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Carla Rees, Cello Suite No. 6, III. Courante (Tetractys Publishing)
  • Catherine McMichael, Three Philosophies, II. Insight (perform on bass flute) and III. Compassion (Alry)
  • Daniel Pinkham, Elegy for Alto Flute (Schirmer)

Final Round Repertoire

This repertoire will be presented at the 2022 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:

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.

  • Nicole Chamberlain, Flexion (Spotted Rocket)
  • Daniel Dorff, Sonata (Spirit of the Hudson) (Presser). Choose a maximum of two movements.
  • David Gunn, Lunar Mural 1 for alto flute + playback (Westleaf Edition)
  • John Heins, Enchantment and Dance (2019) (
  • Johan Kvandal, Da Lontano Fantasy for alto flute and piano (Norsk Musikforlag)
  • Brian Raphael Nabors, Theme & Variations for Alto Flute (Raphael Press). Select any three variations.


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


Deborah Rebeck Ash