Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition
2022 Competition information is now available.
Applications open by January 1, 2022.
2022 Competition Information
The Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition is an annual competition for flutists in grades 6-12 sponsored by the Seattle Flute Society. Applicants must be currently studying with a private flute teacher, and both the applicant and the teacher must be members of Seattle Flute Society. The 2022 Competition will take place over the weekend of March 5-6, 2022, and is currently scheduled to take place in person; if necessary, a modified version of the competition will take place online over the same dates.
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Seattle Pacific University
Lower Division Finals | Adjudicator: Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington
talented flutists in grades 6-9 compete for top honors
Upper Division Finals | Adjudicator: Julee Kim Walker
talented flutists in grades 10-12 compete for top honors
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington (Tentative)
Julee Kim Walker in Recital & Announcement of Horsfall Results
*It is expected that all 2022 Horsfall Finalists will attend this special event*
The 2022 Horsfall Competition application will be available online on or before January 1, 2022.
All applicants must submit a recorded audition by 11:59pm PST, Monday, February 7, 2022 to be considered for the live competition. Results from the recorded round will be emailed by Tuesday, Feburary 22, 2022, and up to twenty finalists from each division will be selected to compete in the finals on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Please read the full rules and requirements carefully before preparing and submitting your application. The latest version of the rules can be found here.
Questions? Contact Horsfall Coordinator Cassie Lear at email@example.com.
Upper Division Adjudicator: Julee Kim Walker
A native Houstonian, flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. She is Associate Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to her appointment, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. Walker serves on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society as Past President, and is Artistic Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
As a versatile chamber musician, she has performed and recorded with the jazz chamber group, Evan Weiss Project, and with the rock band Oso Closo. Julee has also performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony under Eugene Corporon, where she can be heard on the Klavier Wind Project, GIA WindWorks and the “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” series from 2005-2009. As a soloist, she has performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Southeastern Symphonic Winds, Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble, Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and most recently with the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble. She has also performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conventions. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke, Amy Porter, and Carol Wincenc.
Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for 4 seasons, and has also performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France. Recent engagements include a recital and masterclasses in Shanghai, China in March 2019.
An esteemed teacher, Dr. Walker was the 2020 and 2016 recipient of the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and is highly sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, teacher and performer. She has. taught masterclasses all over the U.S., as well as in China, Brazil, Italy, Argentina and Chile.
As an adjudicator, Dr. Walker has adjudicated for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, MTNA State and Regional Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Triennial, the Mid-South Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Competition and the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir Competition. She serves as Jobs Editor for the National Flute Association, and is also a member of the NFA Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Dr. Walker performs regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Opera, The Dallas Winds, and with Lyric Stage (Irving), and has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony and Amarillo Symphony Orchestras. She is also a member of FlutAria! professional trio. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, and September Payne.
Visit Julee online at https://juleekimwalker.wixsite.com/flutist.
Lower Division Adjudicator: Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington
Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance and a member of the Oregon Wind Quintet. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Umoja Flute Institute.
She is committed to collaborating with distinguished artists, citizens, and thinkers to create inspiring and culturally unifying experiences on the stage, in communities and in the classroom. As a former member of Carnegie Hall's chamber music collective, Ensemble Connect, Jacqueline collaborated with colleagues in performances at the Weill, Trinity, Subculture, and National Sawdust Concert Series. In contrast to the ensemble’s more traditional performances, Jacqueline has experience leading interactive performances in various community spaces including public schools, correctional facilities, and centers for adults with developmental disabilities. Jacqueline completed her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music studying with Bonita Boyd with an additional certificate in World Music. Her former teachers also include David Cramer, Amy Porter, and Bradley Garner.
Equally at home on the orchestral stage, and as a recipient of the William D. Ford Fulbright Grant, Jacqueline was the first American to study extensively with principal flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic Andreas Blau. Her training in Berlin initiated her success as an orchestral flutist, leading to performances with major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Oregon Symphony.
Frank Horsfall with students
Frank H. Horsfall (1883-1968) was a prominent Pacific Northwest musician who directly or indirectly influenced a great many flutists locally and nationally. He was in the Seattle Symphony for 46 continuous seasons (35 of those as Principal), a member of the University of Washington faculty for 20 years, and a friend and colleague of many renowned artists. He was a sought-after obbligatist for stars such as Lily Pons, Lauritz Melchior, Patrice Munzel and Martha Graham. He also enjoyed playing in the Western Washington Fair Band every September for 25 years and marching with the Nile Temple Band at conventions and parades whenever his busy schedule would allow it. He had many offers to join major eastern symphonies, but chose to stay with the students and musical associations in his beloved Northwest. His greatest pleasure was in teaching. He taught for nearly 60 years and many of his students gained prominence of their own in famous orchestras across the country.
Frank was born in Tacoma of English parents who had emigrated from Yorkshire in 1867. When Washington became a state in 1889 his father was a Tacoma Councilman. After the 8th grade, Frank left school and entered into a four-year apprenticeship to become a machinist. On the side, he learned to play a fife, talked his way into a fife-and-drum corps, bought a $2 piccolo and a $10 flute and began his musical career. He set aside one third of his wages for lessons and would search out any appropriate music professional who came within reach, for good teachers were hard to find. He also took several off-hours business courses in order to manage his future financial affairs. All his life, he looked for ways to learn, improve and expand his knowledge.
In 1901 he became a journeyman machinist and worked at that trade with music as an avocation. At age 22, having also learned to play the saxophone, he put aside machinist tools to play flute and sax in local dance orchestras. The big break came in 1909 - an invitation to be a member of the original Seattle Symphony Orchestra. To augment his symphony income he taught a few lessons and played in park bands, dance bands and pit orchestras for vaudeville, ballets and musical comedies. He and two other flutists even formed an act, "The Three Magic Flutes", and toured for a short time on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. During World War I he was a machinist at the shipyard by day and a musician by night, but when the war ended he again devoted his full attention to music.
Lulu C. Smith (1889-1983) was born in Minneapolis of Norwegian and German parents who moved to Tacoma when she was a toddler. She became an expert pianist and Frank's favorite dancing partner. They were married in 1913 and she shared his life for 55 years thereafter, creating a loving home for their two sons and a supportive atmosphere for her musician husband. She was continuously active in school and university organizations and in music circles. Lu was a talented artist, seamstress and cook. The students who sat in her warm kitchen waiting for their lessons appreciated her cheery ways.
Frank's long career encompassed many activities and interests. He was a business manager, real estate entrepreneur, artistic photographer and lifelong adventurer. In 1920 he and Lu went up the inside coast of British Columbia in a small outboard boat, camping on the wild beaches each night. He climbed Mt. Rainier in 1925, starting from the Longmire's residence, where Lu helped attend to those waiting for the return of the hiking party. One summer he and three other musicians hiked 300 miles through Glacier National Park. Each evening they would haul out their instruments to entertain fellow campers. When over 80 years old, he photographed Kauai's Waimea Canyon leaning out of an open helicopter.
An outgoing man, with effervescence and enthusiasm, he was never one to hold back if the opportunity came along to make new friends. After a concert by the touring London Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, he went backstage to meet the flute section. That evening, after taking them on a tour of Seattle, they all ended up in his basement studio playing music from his library and enjoying Lu's gracious hospitality.
In the mid-30's, he joined with the principal clarinet and oboe players of the symphony, both teachers interested in youth, to form the Seattle Symphony Woodwind Trio. They are still remembered for the humorous and educational music-appreciation programs they put on at countless school assemblies.
Certainly he was proud of what he was able to achieve in his lifetime, but he took the most pride in the accomplishments of his students. As their lives progressed, he would follow their advancements with the interest of a parent. Julius Baker, during one visit to the Seattle Flute Society, mentioned his long acquaintance with Frank and commented, "Bill Kincaid and I envied Frank's natural rapport and easy way with young people -- he loved his students and they loved him."
His last private lesson was given just three months before his death in March 1968, at the age of 84. Lu, blessed with good health and a bright-side philosophy, continued to lead an active life until her death in November 1983, at 94.
The Seattle Flute Society's Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition helps perpetuate their memory and the influence they had on the musical history of the Pacific Northwest.
-- Contributed by John Horsfall