Paul Taub Young Artist Competition

The 2022 Competition Application opens January 20, 2022
2022 Paul Taub Young Artist Competition 
April 10, 2022

1st Place $1000 | 2nd Place $500 | 3rd Place $250 

The Seattle Flute Society is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Young Artist Competition. In honor of the late Paul Taub, the Young Artist Competition will henceforth be known as the Paul Taub Young Artist Competition.

The final round of the 2022 competition will take place on April 10, 2022 as a part of the 2022 Seattle Flute Festival (Guest Artist: Jennifer Grim), with Preliminary Round entries due on February 20, 2022. Finalists will be selected and informed by February 28, 2022. In the event of unforeseen COVID restrictions, the final round will take place online.



  • The Young Artist Competition is open to all flutists ages 18 to 29 on the day of the competition, April 11, 2021.

    • You must provide proof of age with a valid photo ID (a driver’s license, passport, or other form of official ID)

  • All applicants must be current members of the Seattle Flute Society (may join at time of entry).

  • The First Place Winners of previous years’ Young Artist Competition are not eligible to compete. Previous years' Second and Third Place Winners are welcome to re-enter.


  • All application materials must be received by Sunday, February 20, 2022, 11:59PM PST .

    • Seattle Flute Society Membership - $35, payable through online application

    • Young Artist Competition Entry Fee - $50, payable through online application

    • Preliminary Round Recording - see Repertoire Requirements below

  • Three finalists and one alternate will be notified by Monday, February 28, 2022.

  • Finalists must confirm that they will compete in the Final Round by Monday, March 7, 2022, 11:59PM PST.

  • Failure to meet these deadlines will result in disqualification from the competition.


Preliminary Round [AUDIO ONLY: MP3]

  • Any piece from Flute Music by French Composers, ed. Moyse (G. Schirmer, Inc.)

  • Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa for solo flute (2019, Presser)


Final Round [LIVE & IN-PERSON]

  • Each finalist must curate a 20-minute uninterrupted program of their choice demonstrating the breadth of their technical and artistic abilities through a variety of musical styles and periods. Finalists may not repeat the Preliminary round repertoire.

  • Each finalist must include Ken Benshoof’s Bittersweet for flute and piano (2019, ALRY) somewhere in their final round program.


NOTE: Once you complete & submit your application, a receipt confirmation email will be sent with a link to upload your Preliminary Round [AUDIO ONLY: MP3]


Preliminary Round [AUDIO ONLY: MP3] Due: Monday, February 22, 2021, 11:59PM PST

  • Each piece should be recorded in one uninterrupted take and saved as a separate file.

    • File 1: Any piece from Flute Music by French Composers, ed. Moyse

    • File 2: Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa for solo flute

  • Title your audio files “First Name_Last Name_Composer.” (e.g., John_Smith_Faure)

  • Files will be coded and numbered for anonymity once they are received.

  • Do not identify yourself in your recordings in any way.

  • Do not edit or otherwise modify your recordings in any way.


SFS is currently planning for the final round to take place live and in person. We will notify you if this needs to change. The protocols listed below are subject to change due to the evolving situation.

  • All invited finalists are required to be vaccinated, as are collaborative including pianists.

  • Masking requirements will be in accordance with local ordinances, and will most likely be required at all times except when performing flute.

  • Depending on the transmission rate in April 2022, there may not be warm-up rooms available; more information to follow.

  • Anyone breaking safety protocols will be immediately removed from the competition and location.

In the event that COVID restrictions make an in-person final round impossible, each finalist will instead submit a video recording of their final program for virtual adjudication.

Final Round [VIDEO] Due: Monday, April 5, 2022, 11:59PM PDT

  • Each finalist must upload a single (1) file of uninterrupted performance via Dropbox or Google Drive and share with

  • Proposed program must be recorded in one uninterrupted take. Your device(s) must continue recording between your selections.

  • You may record your spoken introduction portion separately and attach to the performance.

Please contact Sungwoo Steven Kim at with any questions or concerns.

2022 Adjudicators

Jennifer Grim

Jennifer Grim has been hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times. Her remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire have gained broad national acclaim. She has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. She also serves as Principal Flute of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra and has given solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and in China, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Ms. Grim has performed as a soloist with the Lviv Philharmonic, Boca Raton Symphonia, UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Summer Music Festival, among others. As a guest artist, she has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, and the American String Quartet with harpist Nancy Allen. With Zéphyros Winds, Ms. Grim recently performed the American premiere of the Wolfgang Rihm Wind Quintet in New York City at the Music in Midtown Chamber Music Series. The ensemble has also held residencies at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Brigham Young University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Brandeis University.

Ms. Grim was recently honored with the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award from the UNLV College of Fine Arts. In demand as a clinician, she has given masterclasses across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has appeared are the Juilliard School, Yale University, Eastman School of Music, Brigham Young University, Stanford University, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Arizona State University, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, University of the Pacific, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.


A passionate advocate of diversity initiatives in the field of classical music, Ms. Grim has programmed a series of concerts featuring African American, Latin American, and Latino composers, leading to solo performances of works by Diego Vega, David Sanford, and Valerie Coleman, among others. She has also worked with the National Take a Stand Festival, which invites students from El Sistema inspired programs across the United States to perform in a national youth orchestra performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.


A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She is an Ambassador Clinician for Haynes Flutes and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association. 

Christina Medawar

Seattle native Christina Medawar is founder, artistic director, and flutist for The Sustain Music Project, a chamber music group started in 2018 which connects the community through classical music by creating engaging and immersive musical experiences. Each concert is presented in tandem with a different artistic medium (such as visual arts, food, and dance) and with community-serving nonprofits to explore new connections between music and these arts.

Christina performed in the Houston Grand Opera as acting principal flute from 2017-2018 and as second flute/piccolo from 2010-2017. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, the Houston Ballet, and the contemporary ensemble Musiqa in Houston, TX. She can be heard on Houston Grand Opera’s recordings of the world premieres of two of Ricky Ian Gordon’s operas: “A House Without a Christmas Tree” and “A Coffin in Egypt”.

Christina is an avid supporter of music outreach and education. She was a recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Entrepreneurial Music Outreach in 2008 from Rice University and was the coordinator for the Just-for-U Music Program (a series of outreach concerts for elementary-aged children) at Rice University for which she received a 2008 Mayor’s Volunteer Houston award. Christina also has taught flute students at Rice University and Shoreline Community College.

Christina holds her masters degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and her bachelors degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her major teachers include Leone Buyse, Linda Chesis, and Bonnie Blanchard. Outside of music, Christina enjoys running, cooking, spending time with her husband Stephen and her cat Nori, and chasing after her two adorable kids, Josiah and Linnea.

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Jeffrey Barker

A Seattle native, Jeffrey Barker has been the Associate Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony since 2015. Previously, he played as Principal Flute of the Boise Philharmonic; he has also performed with top orchestras around the country, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and as guest Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony.

In 2018, Barker was honored by the League of American Orchestras as one of only five winners of the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service, in recognition of his work with members of the Seattle community experiencing homelessness.

Barker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Bonita Boyd, and his Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where his teachers were Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza.

Past Winners


1st Place: Susan Kang

2nd Place: Yidi Song

3rd Place: Allison DeFrancesco


1st Place: Yi Xiang

2nd Place: Jungah Yoon

3rd Place: Joyce Lee



1st Place: Won Lee

2nd Place: Charles Gibb

3rd Place: Ann Green


1st Place: Min Ha Kim

2nd Place: Ryan Foley

3rd Place: Douglas DeVries



1st Place: Cassie Lear
2nd Place: Vivian Lee

3rd Place: Joyce Lee


1st Place: Jeiran Hasan

2nd Place: Evan Pengra Sult

3rd Place: Benton Gordon


1st Place: Min Ha Kim

2nd Place: Ryan Foley

3rd Place: Douglas DeVries


1st Place: Cassie Lear
2nd Place: Vivian Lee

3rd Place: Joyce Lee


1st Place: Jeiran Hasan

2nd Place: Evan Pengra Sult

3rd Place: Benton Gordon