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2018 Young Artist Competition

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Point Loma Nazarene University


  • The SDFG Young Artist Competition is open to flutists age 18-30 (as of April 2018).

    All entrants must be must be logged in as a member of the San Diego Flute Guild to register.

    “First Place” winners from previous years are not eligible.

Registration is closed

The San Diego Flute Guild invites you to compete in our highly esteemed Young Artist Competition.

Cash PRizes

First Place Prize: $1000
Second Place Prize: $500
Third Place Prize: $250

Additional prizes: 

Two full tuition scholarships of $1,650* for the 1st and 2nd place prizewinners, and two $500 scholarships for the 3rd place prize winner and and Honorable Mention winner to attend the CSU Summer Arts Program "The Complete 21st Century Flutist". 

*Full tuition scholarship is $1650 for ages 16 and older or a current undergrad. Non-CA resident winners are responsible for the difference that the CSU charges for non-res tuition. Or, if the winner is a grad student, they are responsible for the difference for upper division (i.e. already having a bachelors degree) vs undergrad tuition. All winners are responsible for housing/meal plan costs. Scholarships will only be awarded to the first 4 prizewinners.

The Complete 21st Century Flutist is a unique opportunity to spend two weeks refining every aspect of your flute playing, from traditional Baroque and classical repertoire, to jazz, to 21st c. extended techniques. Students will work closely with a handful of the top flutists, master teachers, and composers of our time: Carol Wincenc, Ian Clarke, John Barcellona, Nicola Mazzanti, Marianne Gedigian, Stephen Kujala, and Rena Urso.

For more on the CSU Summer Arts, please see our competition page.  These scholarships have been generously organized by Rena Urso and provided by:

Entry Fees, Eligibility, Requirements, & Obligations

  • The SDFG Young Artist Competition is open to flutists age 18-30 (as of April 29th, 2018).
  • Entry Fee: $55 (does not include SDFG Membership Fee, and is non-refundable*).
  • *All entrants must be members of the San Diego Flute Guild (may join with entry).
  • First Place Prize Winners from previous years are not eligible.
  • Finalists (and their pianists) must be available to perform live for the adjudication panel on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
  • First, Second, and Third Place Prize Winners (and their pianists) must also be available to perform on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the San Diego Flute Guild Spring Festival Winners’ Recital.
  • Finalists are responsible for arranging and providing payment for their own pianists. Upon entry, the SDFG will provide a list of local pianists. It is each finalist’s responsibility to contact, determine availability for rehearsals and performances, and approve (for your own use) any pianists on the provided list. Finalists are also responsible for setting up any and all rehearsals with their collaborative pianists.

Registration & Deadlines

Before you can register, you must first create an account and become a SDFG member. 

  • Complete the online membership and registration forms, and email your recordings and headshot by the February 1st, 2018 (midnight PST) deadline.
  • Six Finalists and two Alternates will be chosen, and all competitors will be notified by February 21st, 2018 with results.
  • Finalists are required to submit a completed Confirmation of Intent and Agreement to Terms and Conditions by March 15th, 2018 (midnight PDT) via email.
  • Finalists are required to submit the name and contact email of their collaborative pianists by April 1st, 2018 (midnight PDT).

Failure to meet any of the above deadlines may result in forfeiture of your Finalist position.

Preliminary RECORDED Round Repertoire

Entrants are to submit an audio recording of the following compulsory pieces:

  • J.S. Bach ~ Partita in A Minor:  I.  Allemande, & III. Sarabande (Schott-Universal)
    For the recorded round, please do not take repeats in the Allemande, and only take the first repeat in the Sarabande. For the final round, only the Allemande will be performed.
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum
  • R. Muczynski ~ Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Op. 18: I.  Allegro, II. Andante molto, & III. Allegro molto (Schirmer)
    For the recorded round, you will record all three movements, however, for the final round, you will only perform Movement III. Allegro molto.
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

Final Round Repertoire & Program

Six finalists will perform the following selections from the recorded preliminary round:

  • J.S. Bach ~ Partita in A Minor:  I.  Allemande (no repeats)
  • R. Muczynski ~ Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Op. 18:  III. Allegro molto


In addition to the unaccompanied pieces above, contestants will choose *one* of the following pieces (in its entirety) to perform live with a pianist:

H. Dutilleux ~ Sonatine (Leduc), or
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

P. Sancan ~ Sonatine (Durand), or
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

D. Milhaud ~ Sonatine (Durand)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum


Headshots and recordings should be submitted via email to the SDFG Young Artist Competition Coordinator, no later than February 1st, 2018 (midnight PST).


  • Please send your photo as a square, high resolution, black and white .jpg file.  
  • Please use your first and last name as the file name. (i.e. Sally.Smith.jpg)


  • Recordings must be in MP3 or MP4 audio format (no videos will be accepted as this is an anonymous round). 
  • For identification purposes, name your files as your first initial and last name followed by the composer’s name (i.e. S.Smith.Muczynski.mp3)
  • Please do not talk or identify yourself in any way on your submitted recordings.
  • The two movements from the J.S. Bach Partita, and all three movements from the Muczynski Preludes must be submitted as one audio file each (two tracks total).
  • Recordings must be complete and unedited (recording breaks between movements are acceptable).

Note: All recorded files will be coded and numbered for anonymity before being submitted to the Preliminary Recorded Round adjudication panel.

Should you have any questions or require further information, feel free to contact San Diego Flute Guild.

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