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Laudie Porter Memorial Competition


The Laudie Porter Memorial Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 7 through 12 to compete in a solo competition and receive scholarships.  Current UMFA members (may join with competition application) in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to compete.  A competitor may only place first once per grade division and may compete only in his/her grade division. The contest fee is $15 plus current UMFA membership. 

Laudie Porter (1935 - 1986) was a founding member and the first president of the Upper Midwest Flute Association. Born in North Carolina, Ms. Porter received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M.A. from Radcliffe. She studied with William Kincaid of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Frans Vester, Trevor Wye and Marcel Moyse.

Ms. Porter was on the faculty of Carleton College from 1968 to 1985. During her time at Carleton, she researched and performed many programs, including British women composers, American music, and a concert devoted to the flute in mythology. She appeared frequently in concert with her husband, keyboardist David Porter, and her four children, all of whom are musicians.

Laudie Porter was a driving force in forming UMFA. When serving as president from 1979 - 1981, Ms. Porter's inspiration, optimism, and persistent energy served as a catalyst in developing communication and camaraderie with Minnesota flutists. Her efforts put into motion many inventive programs and presentations that still exist today.

The Laudie Porter Memorial Flute Scholarship Competition was established in 1987 to honor Ms. Porter's generosity, warmth, compassion, and zest for learning, as well as her devotion to music, the flute, and the flute community.

Competition Rules and Application

Deadline to register: Applications and fees must be postmarked by March 6th, 2020

Preliminaries: Applicants will upload an unedited audio recording via our Google Drive Link. Recordings will be coded and sent to a panel of judges.

Submit your recording

Finals: Saturday April 4th, 2020 at Flute Fest

Eligibility:

  • Current UMFA members (may join with competition application) in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to compete. A competitor may only place first once per grade division and may compete only in his/her grade division. The contest fee is $15 plus current UMFA membership.

Repertoire Requirements:

To All Competitors

  • Pieces written with accompaniment are required to be performed with an accompanist.
  • Memorization of the repertoire is not required but encouraged.
  • Do not provide a copy of the music to the judges.
  • The result and comment sheet of the prelims will be sent no later than March 27th, 2020 by email.
  • The Same pieces must be used for the Final round.  

7th & 8th Grade Division

Perform 1 or 2 pieces of your choice. The total performing time need to be more than 4 minutes but less than 8 minutes. Two competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.

9th & 10th Grade Division

Perform 2 pieces of your choice. The pieces must be contrasting in style, from differing musical time periods, or be composed by different composers. The total performing time need to be more than 6 minutes but less than 10 minutes. Two competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.
11th & 12th Grade Division

Perform 2 pieces of your choice. The pieces must be contrasting in style, from differing musical time periods, or be composed by different composers. The total performing time need to be more than 8 minutes but less than 12 minutes. Three competitors will be selected to perform in the finals round.       

Competitors, parents and teachers must agree to these rules and sign the application form:

  • Must agree to the judges decision – judges are not required to award a winner if flutists do no meet UMFA standards
  • Must performed with an accompanist if the pieces written with accompaniment.
  • Must perform the repertoire on the application.
  • Must provide your own accompanist for finals.
  • Must be at the site ready to perform 15 minutes before assigned time.
  • Parents, teachers and competitors must sign the application to say they agree to these rules.
  • Applications and fees must be postmarked by Friday, March 6th, 2020.       

The following will result in disqualification: Contest fees will not be returned to disqualify competitors.

  • If competitor changes repertoire after registration.
  • If competitor is not ready to perform 15 minutes before scheduled.
  • If finalist is not present for awards ceremony. The ceremony will follow the contest as soon as the judges make their decision.
  • If pieces are performed without accompaniment when the pieces required.
  • If application and fees are not postmarked by Friday, March 6th, 2020.
  • If contestant performs different repertoire than on the application
  • If the application is incomplete


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