Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition
Applications for the 2021 Horsfall Competition will be
accepted starting in the fall of 2020.
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.
A complete list of rules, recording instructions, and deadlines will be posted later this year.
2020 Horsfall Winners
Fantaisie - Georges Hüe
Concerto in G Major, mvts. 2 & 3 - Johann Joachim Quantz
Jinghan (Steven) Zhang
The Carnival of Venice - Giulio Briccialdi
Concerto in D Major, mvt. 1 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concertino - Cécile Chaminade
Concerto, mvt. 1 - Jean Françaix
Concerto, mvt. 1 - Carl Nielsen
Concerto, mvt. 1 - Aram Khachaturian
Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise - Albert Franz Doppler
"Carmen" Fantasy - François Borne
Upper Division Adjudicator: Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg
Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg is a flutist, composer, and improviser deeply committed to contemporary music as well as its rich roots in the classical repertoire. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including National Flute Association conventions, new music festivals (SEAMUS, EMM, Pixilerations, Spark, and SCI), and guest appearances at universities. She performs as principal flute of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, is a founding member of the InterSpheres Trio, which toured Hungary in 2014, and has recorded on the Albany, GIA, and North Texas Jazz labels.
A dynamic and impactful teacher, Bost-Sandberg has taught masterclasses, presented lecture-recitals, and led workshops at numerous institutions and festivals. She is the Instructor of Flute at the University of North Dakota and teaches at the International Music Camp. She has also served on the faculties of the University of Mary, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, Clarke College, and the Great Neck Arts Center.
Her compositions have been selected for performance at conferences of the American Trombone Workshop, World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, National Flute Association, Society of Composers, and Iowa Composers Forum. Her most recent project, titled Chroma, is a series of eight movements of diverse instrumentations paired with paintings by artist and commissioner Marjorie Schlossman. Premiered at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, the collaboration with Schlossman is the subject of a short film by Mary Trunk and Caren McCaleb.
Currently serving the National Flute Association as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Archives and Oral History Committee, she recently completed a term as chair of the New Music Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of the Schmitt Music Flute Gallery and as an Associate Member of the International Music Camp Corporation.
A Montana native, Bost-Sandberg received her doctorate in flute performance with a related field in composition from the University of North Texas as a recipient of the prestigious Masters and Doctoral Fellowship. She is also a graduate of New York University (Master of Arts) and The University of Iowa (Bachelor of Music). Her primary flute instructors include Terri Sundberg, Elizabeth McNutt, Robert Dick, Tadeu Coelho, and Tamara Thweatt. Bost-Sandberg’s primary composition instructors include Andrew May, Christopher Trebue Moore, Robert Dick, and Lawrence Fritts. She studied the Alexander Technique with Käthe Jarka of New York City and Pedro de Alcantara of Paris, France.
Lower Division Adjudicator: Dr. Sophia Tegart
Yamaha Performing Artist, Dr. Sophia Tegart has led a varied and award-winning career as a flutist, musicologist, and clinician. A popular soloist she has performed concerti with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Competitive internationally, she was a finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, was quarter-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and placed second and third at the MTNA National Collegiate Woodwind and Chamber Music Competitions respectively.
As a chamber musician, Tegart has performed at National Flute Association Conventions, the Florida Flute Association Convention, and College Music Society conferences; she currently performs regularly with the Solstice Wind Quintet, Cherry Street Duo, and Pan Pacific Ensemble, which has performed at the Thailand International Composers Festival and China ASEAN Music Week. Tegart's chamber recordings can be found through Albany, WSU, and Centaur Records. Her arrangements of works for small chamber ensembles are currently published by Audible Intelligence Music.
Tegart won orchestral positions with the Oregon Mozart Players and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, she was guest principal flutist in the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Portland Festival Symphony and performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony. Currently, Tegart is piccoloist with the Washington Idaho Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, and Colorado Mahlerfest.
A highly sought after pedagogue, Dr. Tegart regularly presents master classes, clinics, and lectures throughout the United States. She currently teaches at Young Musicians and Artists (YMA), Interharmony International Music Festival, and has taught at the Music For All Summer Symposium. Prior to her appointment at Washington State University, Tegart served on the faculties of Pacific University, Concordia University-Portland, and the University of Idaho.
Tegart’s research interests include representations of art, nature, and literature in music, women in music, and nineteenth-century operatic mad scenes. For her masters thesis, “An Instrumental Voice: Use of the Flute in Lucia’s Mad Scene,” she won the Mu Phi Epsilon Musicology Award. Tegart has also presented lectures on ekphrasis in the music, specifically poet Anne Sexton’s Transformations, a retelling of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Dr. Tegart received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts degree in Music History and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance. An alumna of WSU, Tegart received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. She is thrilled to be back in her home state of Washington!
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 Horsfall with students
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