Upcoming events

    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBA

    Bring your flutes for interactive sessions with Nicole Esposito on Baroque ornamentation, Meret Bitticks on articulation, and Shanna Gutierrez on contemporary techniques. Jennifer Gunn, Piccoloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will also premiere of an important new piccolo composition by Jim Stephenson.

    • Sunday, November 04, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Harper College, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Building P, Palatine, IL 60067
    Registration is closed

    Registration for this event opens August 1, 2018. Application must be completed online (preferred) or postmarked on or before October 1, 2018. To download a printed version of the application form, click HERE.


    1. Open to any student who is a member of the Chicago Flute Club.

    2. For the 2018-19 school year, Senior Division students must be in grades 12 and under, Junior Division students must be in grades 9 and under, and Elementary Division students must be in grades 6 and under.

    3. Previous first prize winners are not eligible to compete in the same division again.

    Contest Rules

    1. Application must be postmarked by October 1, 2018. Applicants may apply by completing the online event registration or by filling out and mailing THIS FORM. There will be a $15 late fee for entries if they are accepted.

    2. Both student and teacher must be current CFC members. Membership dues ($30 for a student) must be current and may be included along with the application and application fee of $25. Membership dues are non-refundable. Dues include the CFC newsletter, Pipeline, and free or discounted admission to all programs for member and one guest.

    3. Each student must submit a name of a parent or teacher/guardian who can volunteer for a 30-60 minute time slot on the day of the competition.

    4. Performance time requests should be made in writing with submission of the application, but there is no guarantee a specific time can be accommodated.

    5. The competition may be limited to the first 40 applicants in each division. A confirmation letter or email with assigned times for each performer and volunteer will be sent approximately 2 weeks before the competition. It is the student’s or parent/guardian’s responsibility to verify information sent to them by the CFC contest coordinator.

    6. Contestants who decide not to compete should notify Mariana Gariazzo by October 1, 2018 to allow for necessary schedule changes. The application fee will be refunded only if the cancellation is received on or before October 1.

    Repertoire Rules

    1. There is no memorization requirement in any division.

    2. It is recommended to use the editions specified. If a student chooses to use a different edition or make other changes in the part (such as to articulation or dynamics), the student must supply 2 copies of his/her edition for the judges when competing.

    3. Contestants must provide their own accompanist. A list of recommended accompanists may be found HERE, or you may use an accompanist not on the list. 

      ELEMENTARY DIVISION REPERTOIRE – Must be in Grades 6 and under.

      Valse Graccieuse (no repeats) by Wilhelm Popp

      Giga (no repeats) by George Frideric Handel, from Rubank Concert and Contest Collection for C Flute with Piano Accompaniment, edited by H. Voxman

      JUNIOR DIVISION REPERTOIRE – Must be in Grades 9 and under.

      Morceaux de concours by Gabriel Faure, CD Sheet Music or available on IMSLP

      Rejoice, Movt. No. 5,  from Suite in A minor by G. P. Telemann, G. Schirmer or available on IMSLP. 

      SENIOR DIVISION REPERTOIRE – Must be in Grades 12 and under.

      Allegro Molto from Three Preludes Op. 18 for unaccompanied flute, by Robert Muczynski, G. Schirmer

      Andante Pastoral and Scherzettino by Paul Taffanel, G. Schirmer Flute Music by French Composers, edited by L. Moyse


      1. Junior and Senior winners will be announced at the competition, on our website, and on Facebook after all participants have performed, around 5:00. Elementary Division winners will also be announced at the competition, on our website, and on Facebook soon after all participants have performed earlier in the day. First place winners in each division will be invited to perform on a Chicago Flute Club Spring Member’s Showcase Concert during our 2017-2018 Season. Judges’ comments for all students will be sent to teachers.

      2. Elementary Division Awards: 

        1st Prize - $100, 2nd Prize - $75, 3rd Prize - $50

        Junior Division Awards: 

        1st Prize - $150, 2nd Prize - $100, 3rd Prize - $75

        Senior Division Awards: 

        1st Prize - $350, 2nd Prize - $250, 3rd prize - $150 

    • Sunday, March 03, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBA

    Kyle Dzapo, Professor of Flute at Bradley University, will offer a recital in addition to a masterclass on Andersen etudes. She is the principal flutist of the Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra, and she was the principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony for over 20 years. Dr. Dzapo has published an important guide to the flute repertoire entitled "Notes for Flutists," several editions of Joachim Andersen's compositions, and she recorded a CD called "Joachim Andersen: Etudes and Salon Music." She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association. We look forward to having her as a guest artist in March, and we hope you will both attend and apply to participate in the masterclass.

    Masterclass participation is open to any CFC member who has not performed in a CFC masterclass in the previous membership year (September 2016 through August 2017).

    Fill out an online application or DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION to submit via mail (postmark/application deadline October 16th).


    a. Please submit a recording of two contrasting pieces of your choice on an unedited CD, 15 minutes maximum. Please list the repertoire performed.
    b. To maintain anonymity, please do not speak on the recording or list any identifying information on the case or recording itself.
    c. Repertoire with accompaniment may be recorded with or without accompaniment. However, if selected, the performer must supply an accompanist for the masterclass.
    d. The decision of the judges is final. Recordings become the property of the Chicago Flute Club.

    Submit recordings to

    Hideko Amano

    Any questions may be directed to Hideko Amano at

Past events

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Make Music Chicago Play-Along
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Member Showcase
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Jamie Baum Recital and Workshop
Sunday, February 18, 2018 Mary Kay Fink Recital and Masterclass
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Flute Festival Gala Concert
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Jonathan Keeble Flute Repertoire Masterclass
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Thomas Robertello Orchestral Excerpts Masterclass
Saturday, November 04, 2017 2017 Flute Festival: "The Versatile Flutist"
Saturday, November 04, 2017 2017 Donald Peck International Flute Competition
Friday, November 03, 2017 2017 Flute Festival Awards Banquet
Sunday, October 29, 2017 2017 Annual Student Competition
Sunday, October 08, 2017 John Thorne Recital & Masterclass

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