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 competition
- 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
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 chambers,
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.
- 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
13” or “NRF 2013” somewhere on the flute.
- 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
- The decisions of the judges
are final and not subject to appeal. Competitors’ scores
will not be disclosed
to competitors or the public.
- The criteria for judging
will be as follows (100 points total):
Tone quality (35 points)
tuning) (35 points)
Overall creativity (10
Artistic expression (10
Theme (10 points)
- All flutes, with completed
entry forms and the application fees, must be presented to
the competition registration table by 10AM on Saturday,
November 9th. 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
- The 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.
- Trophies will be awarded
for first, second, and third place finishers based on total
- The 2012 first place winner
is not permitted to enter the 2013 competition.
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 return.