Southeast Michigan Flute Association

The Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition

The Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition (EMYAC) was established in 2008 to celebrate and honor the 40-year tenure of Ervin Monroe as the Principal Flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The first biennial competition was held at the SEMFA Festival in 2009. The EMYAC is open to any flutist who is a permanent resident of Michigan or is a student at a Michigan college or university. Applicants must be 18-30 years of age by October 10, 2021, the date of the Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition. 

Six finalists will be selected on the basis of recorded auditions. Judges will award, at their discretion, first, second and third cash prizes in the amounts of $1,000.00, $500.00 and $200.00. The first and second prize winners will be invited to participate in a Zoom masterclass with our Guest Artist, Sarah Frisof.

2021 Repertoire

Recorded Preliminary Round (audio only) 

Required Works: 

Final Round (video and audio) 

You may use the edition of your choice. 

6 finalists will be chosen 

The final round must include audio and video. Please use a pre-recorded piano accompaniment 


Two Required Works: 

  • 1. The Hymn of Pan by Charles Delaney and 
  • 2. Fantasia #3 in B Minor by Telemann 
  • 3. In addition to the above two, pick ONE of the following: 

Earth by Takatsugu Muramatsu (piano part) OR 

Suite (movements 2 and 3) by Godard OR 

Concerto (movement 3) by Ibert OR 

Sonatine by Dutilleux


● Previous first place winners of the EMYAC are ineligible for this competition. 

● The final round recordings will be reviewed by judges over Zoom. First and second prize winners will play in a virtual Zoom masterclass for Guest Artist Sarah Frisof

To Apply

1. Prepare an UNEDITED HIGH QUALITY copy of your performance as mp3s. Edited recordings will be disqualified. 

2. Email recordings (no speaking is allowed on the recordings) 

3. Pay $50 non-refundable application fee (along with $15 (student) or $30 (adult) SEMFA membership dues if you are not currently a SEMFA member) by PayPal.

4. Fill out application form found here: 

5. With application, submit a 100-120 word bio 

Apply Online 

Application Payments Accepted by PayPal: 

Deadline: September 5, 2021 

All Materials must be uploaded by the deadline date. Finalists will be notified on September 12, 2021. Finalists’ videos due by email October 3, 2021. Please contact Laura Kellogg with any questions. – “SEMFA EMYAC” in subject line.

EMYAC Application Fee

$50.00 Application fee for Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition. 

Previous First Prize Winners

2009 - Margaret Shin

2011 - Katherine Standefer

2013 - Cheng-Yu Lu

2014 - Brandon LePage

2016 - Shantanique Moore

2018 - Ayana Tarauchi

2021 - Hunter O'Brien

Two SEMFA Festivals were held in 2013 to shift the festival from the Spring to the Fall. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SEMFA did not hold a festival in 2020.