The following are the
rules governing the Flute Players' Competition
at the 2013Native Rhythms
1.Except as noted below, flute players of all levels
of experience are eligible to compete. However, we intend this
competition to highlight the skills of developing players at
various stages of their flute-playing journey, from beginner to
·No performers receiving compensation in any form
to perform at the Native
Rhythms Festival, either this year or any previous
year, will be permitted to enter.
·The winner of the 2012 competition may not enter
the 2013 competition.
·No member of the Native
Rhythms Festival Organizing Committee may enter.
2.Only 5-hole (mode 1) or 6-hole (mode 1&4)
single chamber, pentatonic minor tuned Native American style
flutes are permitted. For example, competitors may not use
(1) multi-chambered drone or “harmony drone” or other such
instruments, or (2) Native American Flutes with
“non-standard” tunings (e.g., diatonic or near-eastern), or
(3) Anasazi, Hopi, Quena or other rim-blown flutes. Flutes may
be of any material: wood, bamboo, river cane, ceramic, etc. and
may be in any key.
3.All entrants will perform solo. No accompaniment,
either rhythmic or melodic, will be permitted. No electronic
enhancement (echo effects, etc.) will be permitted. All
competitors will perform using only the sound system provided by
the event organizers.
4.The fee for participation is $20.00 (checks, money
orders, etc. made payable to “NHGI”). Application
fees are not refundable.
5.All flute players’ competition entrants will
receive a necklace with the event’s Kokopelli image imprinted
on Jerusalem stone. Photos of necklace (with last year’s date)
will be available on our event website at http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/Competitions.htm.
Rules and Procedures
1.The Native Rhythms
Festival Organizing Committee will select not fewer
than three judges who are qualified to evaluate the
performances. Judges may not be related to any of the
contestants. Judges will be identified and acknowledged at the
2.The decisions of the judges are final and not
subject to appeal. Competitors’ scores will not be disclosed
to competitors or the public.
3.The Native Rhythms
Festival flute players’ competition will be
conducted live on Friday, November 8th at the
festival grounds. All competitors will register and perform only
on that day.
4.All entrants must appear at the competition
registration table by 10AM on Friday, November 8th ,
with completed entry forms and the application fee.
oA random drawing of numbers by the competitors
immediately before the competition is to commence will determine
the performance order. All competitors will be expected to be
present to draw a number. Failure to appear may be grounds for
oAll competitors will be expected to be available
and ready to perform when their number (ordered position) is
called. Please bring your number to the announcer when your
number is called. Failure to appear may be grounds for
oCheck the event schedule for the time and location
of the competition performances. (We plan to have all
competitors perform on the main stage, but if the number of
entrants makes this impractical, an alternate location may be
designated to allow the competition to proceed in parallel with
main stage activities. Listen for announcements.)
5.Judging will be “blind” in that the judges
will not be able to see the competitors while they are
performing. Competitors will be identified on-stage only by
their performance order number.
6.Each competitor’s performance will consist of
three pieces. The first two pieces may be, but are not
necessarily, an original composition by the performer.
·The first piece must be a relatively slow and
lyrical tune of the competitor’s choice.
·The second piece must be faster and more rhythmic,
again of the competitor’s choice.
·The third and final piece must be the
competitor’s interpretation of St.
James Infirmary. To be scored, the piece must be
recognizable as the specified tune, but considerable latitude
will be given for competitor’s interpretation. For those not
familiar with this song, an audio MP3 file and a tablature music
sheet of a simple version will be available for download from
the event’s flute players’ competition page at www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/FlutePlayers.htm.
(Links to these at the bottom of this page.)
·Each piece should be between 1 ˝ and 2 ˝ minutes
in length. If the competitor chooses, the announcer will signal
at 1 ˝ minutes after the piece begins.
·Different flutes conforming to these rules may be
used for each of the 3 required pieces. We will try to have a
flute stand available to hold several flutes for the entrant.
·Please, no sacred tribal songs.
7.During the competition performances:
·No speaking or other extraneous
sounds that might identify the performer are permitted. An event
announcer will introduce the competitor by the entrant’s
identification number only. The judges’ score sheets will
identify the entrants by the announced numbers.
·No foot stomping, shuffling, or
other body movements meant to generate rhythmic sounds to
enhance the performance.
·Violation of this rule will result in
disqualification from the competition.
·The announcer may ask an entrant to stop and start
again under such external conditions that would affect the
performance, such as problems with the sound system, or a
low-flying aircraft or other external noise source. Unless asked
to stop, the competitor should continue playing.
·The competitor is expected to handle the effects
of the wind by turning his/her back to block the wind. The
competitor may ask the announcer to adjust the microphone prior
to beginning to play any of the 3 pieces.
8.Trophies will be awarded
for first, second, and third place finishers based on total
9.Possession or use of alcoholic beverages is
prohibited by event rules. Anyone violating this rule will be
disqualified from the competition and asked to leave the event
grounds immediately, not to return.
Flute Players' Competition
Rules & Registration Form
Players' Competition Rules
here to download the Flute Players' Competition Rules in Microsoft Word format.s
here to download the Flute Players' Competition Rules in Adobe PDF format.
Players' Competition Registration Form
here to download the Flute Players' Competition
Registration Form in Microsoft Word
here to download the Flute Players' Competition
Registration Form in Adobe PDF format.
here to download a tablature song sheet of the required
piece, St. James infirmary (PDF).
(This version is a suggestion for those
unfamiliar with the song and is not required to be performed in
here to download an audio file of a flute solo of the
required piece, St. James Infirmary (MP3).
(This version closely resembles the tablature
sheet above. This is provided to demonstrate the basic song
and does not represent a required performance style.)