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Competition Opportunities

UMFA offers various competition and performance opportunities for students.  Here are links to details about each of them.

Performance Opportunities

  • Rising Stars Festival - for flutists of all ages.  Students perform solo and ensemble pieces in a friendly, non-competitive environment at the annual UMFA flute festival.  They receive a certificate of participation and constructive comments from a professional flutist.
  • Suzuki Flute Choir - for students of all levels.  Students will have opportunities to premiere new flute choir works in the 2015 Marathon Concert, Flute Choir Showcase, and Flute Fest.
  • Honors Flute Choir - for outstanding Junior and Senior High School students.  Students must audition to participate in the choir.  Selected students rehearse together for a day and perform a concert for family and friends.
  • UMFA Parlor Concerts - for all ages and levels.  UMFA members perform for a small, friendly audience in concerts hosted at peoples' homes.  Performances are usually followed by delicious food and a flute choir reading session!
  • Check out our Summer Flute/Music Camps page for more performance opportunities.

UMFA maintains a list of competition opportunities for flute students in the Upper Midwest.  If you’d like to submit an item for the list, please email with the competition’s name, website, and age range/level.

Competition  Website  Age Range
UMFA Laudie Porter Competition Grades 7-12
UMFA Young Artist Competition 18 - 30 years
UMFA Honors Flute Choir
Junior High and High School
UMFA Flute Fest Master Class Performers Competition All ages and levels
St. Cloud Symphony Young Performers Competition School age division: 12-17 years
College age division: 18-25 years
La Crosse Symphony Rising Stars Concerto Competition

14-18 years
Mankato Symphony Young Artist Competition

College Division - Undergraduate students
Senior Division - Grades 9-12
Junior Division - Grades 5-8
Open Division - K - Grade 12

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra: Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition  14-18 years
WAMSO Young Artist Competition 25 years and younger
Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Winds: 
Senior High: Grades 10-12
College/Graduate: Freshman through age 24
Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winds: 
Junior/Senior High: Grades 7-12
College: 25 years or younger
Minnesota Varsity (MPR)
At least 9th grade OR 14 years to at most 12th grade OR under 18 years

Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs: List of scholarships and competitions

Twin Cities Musicians Union: List of scholarships and competitions

Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artist Competition (Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois)  16-22

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