Woodwind Competition

Woodwind Competition

2019 UNCSA Young Artists Woodwind Competition

The 2019 UNCSA Young Artists Woodwind Competition for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone and Bassoon will feature twenty-five semifinalists selected on the basis of their video submission to compete live at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on February 2, 2019. Six finalists will compete on February 3, 2019, performing with a pianist provided by UNCSA.

  1. $2,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first-place winner
  2. $1,000 to the second-place winner
  3. $750 to the third-place winner
  4. $250 Midwest Musical Imports Gift Certificate for an Honorable Mention Double Reed participant
Application & Competition Fee

Fill out and submit the application form no later than December 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The $50 competition fee will include admission to all Woodwind Day events on February 2 and 3. 

Register and Pay Here

If you would like to mail a check or money order, please register above and we will complete your registration when we recieve your payment. Please make your check payable to UNCSA Foundation in the amount of $50 as application fee (Memo: Woodwind Competition). Check must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2018. Please type the Applicant’s Name clearly on the check.

MAIL TO: UNCSA School of Music
Attn.: Coelho/Espina-Ruiz (Woodwind Competition)
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2188

Competition Application Deadline: December 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (EST)

By submitting the competition application, each competitor agrees with all competition terms and regulations. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize; its decisions are final.

Contestant Information

Competition Semi Finalist Selection and Notification

The competition Jury will select twenty-five semifinalists from the applications received by the deadline, based on the quality of the submitted performance video.

Semifinalists will be notified via email no later than January 8, 2019.

Group rates are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in downtown Winston-Salem for $104  per night if reserved by January 4, 2019. Please call (336) 714-2800 for more information.

Required Repertoire

  • Flute: Frank Martin Ballade for flute and piano (Universal edition)
  • Oboe: Mozart Oboe Concerto first movement with cadenza (any edition)
  • Clarinet: Weber Concertino in E-flat Major Op. 26, in its entirety (any edition)
  • Saxophone: Jacques Ibert Concertino da Camera, II. Larghetto -- Animato Molto (Alphonse Leduc)
  • Bassoon: Weber Concerto for Bassoon in F Major, Op. 75, I. Allegro ma non troppo (any edition)

Required Video Recording

Applicants must make a video recording of their required repertoire, without piano accompaniment, and upload it to YouTube, making sure it is not password protected so that jurors can view the video once they receive the link via the application form. The camera angle of the video must be continuous; no editing of any kind is allowed.


Entrants cannot have reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the competition (February 2, 2019). The winners of the competition will be required to perform at the awards ceremony held at 3 pm on February 3, 2019, in Watson Hall. Proof of age will be required at the competition (valid government identification or school identification or signed parental certification of age). An entrant will be disqualified and any prizes awarded will be forfeited if an entrant is found to be using an assumed name or alias or if the entrant is older than twenty-one (21) years of age by the date of the competition. 

If you have any questions, please email the competition coordinator Oskar Espina-Ruiz before submission.

Competition Judges

The Semi Final judges are:

  • Cameron MacManus
    • UNCSA Community School Artistic Director
  • Christopher Less
    • Charlotte Symphony Resident Conductor
  • Laura Stevens
    • Lecturer of Flute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Final Round judges are:

  • Robert Atherholt, oboe
    • Rice University, Principal Oboe Houston Symphony, retired
  • Virginia Broffitt, flute
    • Auburn University, Miyazawa Performing Artis
  • Charles Neidich, clarinet
    • Juilliard School
  • Fabio Cury, bassoon
    • University of São Paulo
  • Christopher Creviston, saxophone
    • Arizona State University, Yamaha Performing Artist

Competition Live Semifinal and Final Round Repertoire

The repertoire for the Live Semi Final and Final Round at UNCSA on February 2-3, 2019, is the same as required for the Preliminary Round. Finalists will have a 20-minute rehearsal with a UNCSA pianist on the day of the competition prior to the Final Round. The winners of the competition will be required to perform at the awards ceremony held at 3 pm on February 3, 2019, in Watson Hall. By submitting the application form for the competition, each competitor agrees with all terms of the present regulations. The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize; its decisions are final.

Competition and Woodwind Day Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 - Woodwind Day & Competition Semifinals

9:00 am Registration
9:30 am UNCSA Faculty and Student Welcome Performance and Talk
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Guest Artist Masterclasses
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Solo Competition Semifinal Round
12:00 pm

Lunch, provided for participants

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Information Session by UNCSA School of Music Dean Brian Cole

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Workshop Presentations by UNCSA Wind Faculty on topics such as reed-making, audition preparation, building technique and tips for winning first chair.

5:00 pm

Guest Artist Recitals. Performances by Fabio Cury, Robert Atherholt, Virginia Broffitt, Charles Neidich, and Christopher Creviston.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 – Competition Final Round and Awards Ceremony

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Rehearsals (20’ each for 6 finalists)
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch and warm-up
2:00 pm Final Round of Competition with piano  - 3 winners chosen
3:30 pm Awards Ceremony

Additional Competition Information


Watson Hall
UNCSA School of Music
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC


Oskar Espina-Ruiz, UNCSA Clarinet Asst. Professor