Young Artist Competition

The 2021 Competition Application Is Now Open!
2021 Young Artist Competition 
April 11, 2021
1st Place $1000 | 2nd Place $500 | 3rd Place $250 

The Seattle Flute Society is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Young Artist Competition. This year’s competition will be held virtually, with Preliminary Round entries due on February 22, 2021. Finalists will be selected and informed by March 2, 2021, and Final Round entries from the three selected finalists will be due by April 5, 2021. The Final Round will be streamed live on Sunday, April 11, 2021 as a part of our virtual Annual Flute Festival. Winners will be announced immediately following the Final Round performances.


  • The Young Artist Competition is open to flutists under age 30 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 members of the Seattle Flute Society (may join at time of entry).

  • Flutists eligible for the SFS Frank and Lu Horsfall Competition may not enter the Young Artist Competition.

  • The First Place Winner of the previous year's Young Artist Competition is not eligible to compete.


  • All application materials must be received by Monday, February 22, 2021, 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 Tuesday, March, 2, 2021.

    • Finalists must confirm that they will compete in the Final Round by Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 11:59pm PST.

  • Finalists must submit their Final Round recording by Monday, April 5, 2021, 11:59pm PDT.

    • Final Round Recording – see Repertoire Requirement below.

  • Final Round will be streamed live as a part of 2021 Seattle Flute Society Annual Flute Festival  on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

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


Due to ongoing health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition requires entrants to play works written for solo flute only in both the preliminary and final rounds.

NOTE: Once you complete & submit your application, a receipt confirmation email will be sent with a link to upload your Preliminary Round Recordings.

Preliminary Round [.mp3 Audio ONLY]

Due: Monday, February 22, 2021, 11:59PM PST

Required Repertoire:

  1. Solo Sonata in A minor, Wq. 132 by C.P.E. Bach [NOTE: movements should be performed in one continuous take]

    • 1st movement: Poco Adagio

    • 3rd movement: Allegro (1st repeat only)

  2. Danza de la Mariposa by Valerie Coleman

  • Each piece should be saved as a separate .mp3 audio file.

    • File 1: Bach [1st & 3rd movements]

    • File 2: Coleman

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

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

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

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

Final Round [Video]

Due: Monday, April 5, 2021, 11.59PM PDT

Required Repertoire:

Each finalist must curate a 20-minute uninterrupted program of their choice demonstrating the breadth of technical and artistic abilities through a variety of musical styles and periods. All works must be for solo flute. You may not repeat the Preliminary  round repertoire.

  • Each finalist must upload a single (1) video 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.  

  • Before you play, please state your name and announce your program in order of performance.

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

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


2021 Adjudicators

Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman is a Grammy®-nominated flutist, composer, and musical entrepreneur. Founder of the performer-composer trio Umama Womama and the acclaimed Imani Winds, Coleman was recently named to the faculty of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Her multi-faceted career has included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, to name a few.

Coleman’s passion for chamber music performance is what guided her to become a top advocate, mentor and specialist of the field, with an extensive performance history of premieres and collaborations at festivals and chamber music societies across the United States, with esteemed artists such as Dover Quartet,  Ani and Ida Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Gil Kalish, members of the LA Chamber Orchestra, and jazz legends Paquito D’Rivera, Stefon Harris, and Jason Moran, among many others. She has given countless flute and chamber music masterclasses at institutions in 49 states and over 5 continents, including The Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Yale University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, and Beijing Conservatory.

Her work as a composer has garnered multiple awards and critical acclaim, and her work UMOJA was listed by the Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works." Alongside recent commissions from American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and The National Flute Association, she has enjoyed commissions and premieres from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Library of Congress, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and The Universities of Chicago, South Carolina, Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth, Hawaii Manoa and Ohio State. 

Advocacy and mentorship of artists and emerging ensembles is important to Valerie: in 2011, she created the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, a summer mentorship program that has welcomed musicians from over 100 institutions both nationally and abroad. She has also served on the as an adjudicator for National Flute Association’s High School Artist Competition, Concert Artist Guild, APAP’s Young Performing Concert Artists fellowship, ASCAP’s Morton Gould Award, MapFund Award and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She is on the board of advisors for Composers Now, MacDowell Colony, and Sphinx LEAD, and has previously served on the APAP’s Classical Connections Committee, National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee and Board Nomination Committee.

Valerie studied flute with Julius Baker, Judith Mendenhall, Doriot Dwyer, Leone Buyse and Alan Weiss; composition with Martin Amlin and Randy Wolfe. She is published by Theodore Presser, International Opus and has her own company, V Coleman Music.

More information can be found at

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.

Third Young Artist Adjudicator

Check back later in 2021 for the announcement of our third Young Artist Adjudicator.

Past Winners


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: Colleen McElroy

2nd Place: Raoul Cho


1st Place:  Yerim Choi
2nd Place:  Min Hee Kim
3rd Place:  Joshua Romatowski

2013 (Inaugural Competition)
1st Place:  Julian Rose
2nd Place:  Jodie Rottle
3rd Place:  Cassie Lear

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