No member of the Native
Rhythms Festival Organizing
Committee may enter. Otherwise, this competition is open to
all flute makers, both vendors and non-vendors.
- The maker must present
his/her own flute(s) in person at the time of
- A minimum of two entries
will be required for competition to proceed.
- For the purpose of this
competition, a Native American style flute is an
instrument constructed with:
A separate Slow Air
Chamber (SAC) and sound chamber and a barrier between them,
An external block
that contributes to directing the airflow between the
And 5 or 6 playing
Flutes may be of any
key or tuning (e.g., minor pentatonic, diatonic, etc.).
However, it will be to the competitor’s advantage to use a
common tuning that the judges would be familiar with to
allow them to easily evaluate the flute intonation.
- There is no required
theme for this competition. All flutes must have a
theme but entrants are free to select their own.
- Any signatures, trademarks,
or other identifying markings must be covered.
- All flutes must have “NRF 23” or “NRF 2023” somewhere on
the flute. REQUIRED.
- The fee to enter a flute is
$20.00 (checks made payable to “NHGI”).
Application fees are not refundable. An
individual may enter only one flute.
Rules and Procedures
- The Native
Rhythms Festival organizing
committee will select not fewer than three judges who
are qualified to evaluate the entrants’ flutes by the
criteria listed below. Judges may not be related to any
of the entrants. Judges will be identified and
acknowledged at the event.
- The decisions of the judges
are final and not subject to appeal. Competitor’s
scores will not be disclosed to competitors or the
- The criteria for judging
will be as follows (100 points total):
(including tuning) (25 points)
Theme (10 points)
flutes, with completed entry forms and the application
fees, must be presented to the competition registration
table between 9 and
10 AM on Saturday, November 11, 2023. An
identification number will be assigned to each flute at
registration. Judging will be “blind” in that the
judges will be aware of only the identification numbers.
names of the award winners will be announced as specified
on the event schedule. Entrants may pick up their flute
beginning one hour after the winners are announced. This
notification will be announced from the main stage. This
will allow festival guests to see the winning flutes all
in one place.
and cash awards will be awarded for first, second, and
third place finishers based on total scores.
Cash awards are as follows:
First Place: $100, Second Place: $75, and Third
Place is $50.
2022 First Place winner is not permitted to enter the 2023
or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by event
rules. Anyone violating this rule will be disqualified and
asked to leave the event grounds immediately, not to
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RHYTHMS FESTIVAL, its
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