The 49th annual Young Artist Competition for outstanding flutists will include 15 qualifying round contestants chosen from the first recorded round to compete at the 2024 NFA Convention in San Antonio. 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.
NFA’s Young Artists Competition pushed me beyond my limits as a flute player and as a musician. I’m very grateful for the whole experience and for what it allowed me to become.
-David Silva, 2023 winner of the Young Artist 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, February 14, 2024.
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.
All Recorded Round repertoire must be recorded WITH piano accompaniment.
This repertoire will be presented at the 2024 NFA Convention in San Antonio. All repertoire will be performed unaccompanied.
This repertoire will be presented at the 2024 NFA Convention in San Antonio. The NFA will provide a pianist for the semifinal round, although contestants may bring a pianist at their own expense.
Each finalist shall create a program to be presented at the NFA Convention 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.