Southeast Michigan Flute Association

About the Ervin Monroe Young Artists Competition:

The Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition (EMYAC) is open to any Michigan flutists aged 30 or younger who is currently a SEMFA member and who has not previously won first prize. “Michigan Flutist” is defined as a flutist currently residing and studying in the state of Michigan, or a student who previously resided in Michigan and graduated from a Michigan high school, but is currently attending college out of state. The applicants must be available to perform at the SEMFA Fall Festival. Six finalists will be selected on the basis of recorded auditions. Judges will award, at their discretion, cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $200. The first and second prize winners will perform in a masterclass for our featured guest artist at the SEMFA festival.

Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition Application

The Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition is biennial and open only to Michigan Flutists aged 18 to 30. It was established in 2008 to honor and commemorate the 40-year tenure of Ervin Monroe as Principal Flutist of the Detroit Symphony.

The next Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition will be held in 2018.

Requirements and Regulations

To Apply

1. Prepare two (2) UNEDITED, HIGH QUALITY copies of your performance on CD or an mp3. Edited recordings will be disqualified.

2. Download application HERE.

3. Pay a $35 non-refundable application fee (along with SEMFA membership dues if you are not currently a SEMFA member) by check or PayPal.

4. Mailed recordings should have applicant's name and address on the outer package only; no identification should be on the CD or CD case. no speaking is allowed on the recording.

Apply online

Application payments accepted by PayPal: Email mp3/ applications to: TBA - "SEMFA Competition" in subject line.

Apply by mail

Submit 2 CDs/ Application/ Payment to: SEMFA Competitions Coordinator -  TBA

Deadline: All materials must be postmarked or emailed by the deadline date of TBA. Semifinalists will be notified by TBA.


Repertoire for 2018 will be announced in June.

​Example of 2016 competition

1. REQUIRED PIECE: E Varese, Density 21.5


  • Faure, Sonata in A Major (edited by Trudy Kane): I, III, IV Mvts
  • Messaien, Le Merle Noir
  • Prokofiev, Sonata for Flute, Movements 1 and 2


  • Previous 1st place winners of the EMYAC are ineligible for this competition
  • The final round is open to the public
  • Finalists must provide their own accompaniment
  • Finalists agree to appear at the SEMFA Fall Festival on November 12, 2016 at their own expense. 

Previous First Prize Winners

2009 - Margaret Shin

2011 - Katherine Standefer

2013 - Cheng-Yu Lu

2014 - Brandon LePage

2016 - Shantanique Moore