The National Society of Arts and Letters
Washington DC Chapter
2014 Annual Competition
Clarinet, Oboe, and Flute
National Annual Competition: Music Chair Carla Jones-Batka
Chapter Annual Competition: Music Chair Susan Merritt Nelsen
Co-Chairs Evelyn Sweet and Isin Ludlow
In 2014, NSAL celebrates the music of the woodwinds: clarinet, oboe, and flute, in its Annual Competition (previously known as Career Awards Competition) open to artists between the ages of 18 through 24. Contestants compete at the chapter level, with the first place winner going on to compete at the national competition on May 16 in Charleston WV.
$10,000 First Place Winner
Followed by a Series of Other Awards
The 2014 National Woodwinds Competition will take place at
The Culture Center in Charleston WV from May 13 to 17.
The National Career Awards, along with the Winston Art and Voice Scholarships, are competitions that are considered the heart of NSAL. The National Career Awards competition rotates from year to year in one of the six artistic disciplines supported by NSAL: art, dance, drama, literature, music, and musical theatre. All local chapters are invited to conduct a regional competition in the designated category. Regional winners then go on to compete at the national level competition.
All competitions are adjudicated by locally and nationally known professionals in the chosen discipline. In addition, renowned judges conduct Master Classes for the contestants during the national competition.
Along with providing young artists opportunities to earn monetary awards, the Annual Competitions allow professional critics, managers, producers, teachers, the media, and patrons of the arts a chance to see and hear emerging talent. Additionally, NSAL recognizes the recipients of the Washington DC Chapter awards at our annual May chapter meetings.
The Washington DC Chapter Competition was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Alexandria VA.
Congratulations to Laura Kaufman, Flutist
$4,000 First Place Winner
Washington DC Chapter Annual Competition
Woodwind: Clarinet, Oboe, Flute
Laura holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music
and is pursuing a Master of Music (MM) degree at the University of Maryland
Congratulations also to contestants:
Michael Chang, Clarinet
Kathryn Powell, Clarinet
A sincere thank you to our impressive team of judges.
They were warm, engaged, and outstanding in their field.
Woodwind Competition Judges
Adria Sternstein Foster, Principal Flute, Washington National Opera Orchestra
Jamie Roberts, Principal Oboe, National Symphony Orchestra
Paul Cigan, Clarinet, National Symphony Orchestra
Kim Allen Kluge, Conductor, Composer, Pianist; Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
Woodwind Competition Committee Members
Linda White, Assistant to Chair
Helen Fitzgerald, Timekeeper
Evelyn Sweet, Co-Chair & Liaison to Judges
Susan Merritt Nelsen, Chair
Isin Ludlow, Co-Chair for Operations
Jane Pearson, Interface to Contestants
Carla Jones-Batka, Advisor
Judy Gilbert, Hospitality
Jane Taylor, Paymaster
Additional Committee Members Not Pictured
Cici Hughes, Infrastructure
Mary Ellen Madden, Consultant
Mary Radnofsky, Communications
Katherine Kyle, Photographer
Washington DC Chapter Honorary Member Marci Nadler
designed the logo for the national competition shown above
For more information on the National Competition please click on
Please enjoy a look back at previous Career Award Competitions
by clicking on the following links:
2013 National Career Award Competition
in Musical Theater
2012 National Career Award Competition
2011 National Career Award Competition
2010 National Career Award Competition
in Literature Short Story
65th Annual National Conference
2009 National Career Award Drama Competition
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