Review and Contest

Note that the venue for the 2023 Review and Contest has moved to Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

The Review and Contest is an annual event sponsored by RAFA to further the education of RAFA member flutists. It is an opportunity for flutists of all levels of playing ability to perform for professionals who provide written comments and suggestions for improvement. Students (grades 1 through 12 or at least half-time students in college or graduate school) may enter the Review or Contest, and adults may enter the Adult Review. Each participant performs two pieces for evaluation by two judges.

Contest participants compete against other flutists in the same division and grade level. Contest winners receive prizes of scholarship money and are featured in the Student Showcase at the RAFA Flute Fair.

Participants in the Review and Adult Review receive written evaluation by the judges but are not eligible for scholarship prizes.

2023 Review and Contest

November 5, 2023
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
NEW VENUE: Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC

The 2023 Review and Contest will be an in-person event for Elementary and Middle/High School divisions and a virtual event for all Undergraduate and Graduate divisions. Elementary and Middle/High School Contest participants will perform in person at Ravenscroft School on November 5. Undergraduate and Graduate Contest participants will submit video recordings of their performances. Review and Adult Review participants may perform in person or submit video recordings. Participants in divisions 7, 8, Undergraduate 5, Undergraduate 6, Undergraduate 7, Undergraduate 8, and Graduate must perform with live piano accompaniment, if their pieces are written with piano accompaniment. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 29, and the deadline for video submissions is Tuesday, October 31. For details, see the Review and Contest guidelines.

2023 Review and Contest results

  • Division 1 Elementary
    Winner: Natalia Rivera
    Honorable Mention: Helen Howes
  • Division 1 Middle/High School
    Winner: Sophia Bermudez
  • Division 2 Elementary
    Winner: Sitara Shivkumar
    Honorable Mention: Katie Yu
  • Division 2 Middle/High School
    Winners: Shreyas Rahalkar, Aarav Srivastava
    Honorable Mention: Katelyn Kwark
  • Division 3 Middle/High School
    Winners: Sonnet Carter, Elizabeth Hsu, Lillian Yang
    Honorable Mention: Ishita Biyala, Emily Felten, Ian Greene, Nora Snowden
  • Division 4 Middle/High School
    Winners: Makayla Herriott, Caroline Huang, Buvan Praveen
    Honorable Mention: Ankit Durbha, Krithi Saravanan, Emma Yu
  • Division 5 Middle/High School
    Winners: Qingxin Clare Liu, Sua Moon, Samantha Wang
    Honorable Mention: Abigail Lee, Kevin Teristi, Julie Ye
  • Division 6 Middle/High School
    Winners: Allen Li, Gauri Menon, Evan Zhu
    Honorable Mention: Sylvia Tong
  • Division 7 Middle/High School
    Winners: Ashley Kim, Orion Song
    Honorable Mention: Leo Molinoff
  • Division 8 Middle/High School
    Winner: Emma Belledin
  • Division 5 Undergraduate
    No winner
    Honorable Mention: Mia Kaarls
  • Division 6 Undergraduate
    Winner: Trisha Santanam
    Honorable Mention: Connor Thorne
  • Division 8 Undergraduate
    Winner: Maximilian Goolsbey
    Honorable Mention: Annie Cui
  • Graduate Division
    Winner: Shitian Ye

Student Showcase at the 2023 RAFA Flute Fair

Saturday, November 11, 2023
Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

The RAFA Flute Fair will be an in-person event. Participation in the Student Showcase will be required for Contest winners in the Elementary and Middle/High School divisions; winners in these divisions will not be eligible to receive scholarship money if they do not participate in the Student Showcase. Participation in the Student Showcase will be optional for Contest winners in the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions; winners in these divisions will be eligible to receive scholarship money regardless of whether they participate in the Student Showcase. Each Contest winner who participates in the Student Showcase is required to perform with live piano accompaniment, if his or her piece is written with piano accompaniment.


2023 Review and Contest guidelines

Repertoire Lists

Select your pieces from the 2023 list only. Note that the repertoire lists for 2024-2026 are subject to change. The list for 2023 will not change this year.



The deadline for Review and Contest registration is midnight, September 29, 2023.

Registration is now closed.