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Young Artist Competition

The Flute Society of Washington, Inc.


Held at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention

February 20-21, 2021

General Competition Rules, applies to all competitions:
  • All applicants must be current FSW members (the membership must be active through November of the current year). Note: Young Artist Competition requires a full membership. You may join or renew at
  • All applicants must complete an online application through The application must be submitted by November 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. Online applications accepted beginning August, 1, 2020. No late entries will be accepted.
  • If entering more than one competition, a separate application must be completed for each competition.
  • Recording MUST be an mp3, mp4 or wav file. Video recordings not accepted.
  • The recording should demonstrate the highest possible audio quality so your performance can be evaluated successfully. No speaking on the recording. Only a continuous performance of the entire work or movement is allowed. Recordings must not be edited or contain studio-produced effects. By uploading a music file, an applicant agrees their recording is continuous and unaltered.
  • Results will be available online on the FSW website on or before January 6, 2021.
  • Accompanists are the responsibility of the finalists for competitions. Master class performers may use the staff accompanist or provide one at their own expense. Use of staff accompanist must be selected on your application.
  • Flutists may enter more than one competition but can only be selected to perform in one event or competition at the flute convention.
  • A preliminary or final round performance in excess of the maximum performance time allotted WILL disqualify the applicant.
  • Incomplete applications will be subject to disqualification.
  • Application fees and membership dues are not refundable.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All competitions EXCEPT the Young Artist Competition are limited to performers who live or attend school in the Mid-Atlantic States (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia, Washington, DC, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).


Young Artist

The Young Artist Competition is for outstanding flutists, under the age of 30 (as of February 1, 2021, who have completed an undergraduate degree at a college, university, or conservatory.  Cash prizes ($1,000, $750 and $500) will be awarded. Previous first prize winners are not eligible to participate. There is no residency requirement.

  1. Application fee $40.
  2. Preliminary round – a recording containing the following selections:
    • Handel, Sonata in E Minor, op. 1, Nr. 1b, Adagio and Allegro, movements 3 & 4 (Bärenreiter #4225) and
    • Repertoire of the applicant’s choice, not to exceed 15 minutes. All works for flute and keyboard must be recorded using both instruments.
  3. Final round repertoire – Handel from the preliminary round, and at least two selections of the applicant’s choice (may be different from preliminary round selections). The repertoire should cover at least two periods of music. Your final round performance will begin with the required music selection. The final round repertoire submitted on the online application cannot be changed. Total maximum time is 20 (twenty) minutes including the required selection and time between movements.

Young Artist Competition online application available August 1, 2020.