Contest to Impress: Flute

How Competing Can Put You Ahead

Competing in and winning performance competitions is a great way to build your resume. College recruiters notice students’ awards and honors from contests. They show a student’s dedication to the craft. They can display musicians’ repertoire and experience working with accompanists. Especially in highly competitive instruments, competitions are a great way to stand out from peers.

Flute competitions can help players garner attention from colleges since there are so many ways for them to shine. Flutists regularly play in wind ensembles, marching bands, and woodwind quintets. Players can also be in pit orchestras, extracurricular ensembles, or be soloists. When there are so many options, it can be hard to stand out. Participation in competitions accomplishes that.

Generally speaking, the larger the applicant pool, the more weight the contests rewards will carry with a college recruiter. Every competition is different, and each has a different level of prestige. However, you benefit from participating in any competition. Below, we have included information about elite flute competitions available to high school students.

The NFA High School Soloist Competition

The National Flute Association hosts an annual solo competition for high school flutists. They award prizes of $1000, $500 and $300 prizes to winners. In addition, eight finalists are selected to perform at the NFA Conference. Participants must be in NFA and pay the $55 registration fee.

Mid-South Flute Society

This competition features $150, $100 and $50 dollar awards to its winners as well as an optional performance by the overall winner at the MSFS Gala. It is composed of recording submissions to the email listed on the website and features solo performances.

National YoungArts Foundation Woodwind Competition

Bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, piccolo, and saxophone players are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements. Applicants must be high school students who play: one unaccompanied work, one opening or closing sonata, and two contrasting movements written after 1950.

American Protege International Woodwind and Brass Competition

In this competition, students perform two solo works in contrasting styles. Winning this competition earns the contestant $300 in addition to a chance to perform a recital at Carnegie Hall.

No matter your instrument, competition experience can help you with performance experience and standing out to colleges. strives to make it easy for the user to showcase their abilities and experience. We give the student opportunities to display their awards and performances in a way that will stand out to recruiters at the next level.

Keep Practicing,

Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO of