Donna Marie Haire Competition

The 11th Annual Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition will be held TBD 2022. This flute competition is open to all school age flutists who will graduate high school during or after the 2021-2022 school year. Winners will receive cash prizes to further their flute studies. The first and second place winners will be awarded $1000 and $500, respectively.

About Donna Marie Haire | 2021 Winners | Historical Winners | Registration


For the Preliminary round

*This round is RECORDED.

Lookout by Laurel Zucker

Fantasie in G Major by Telemann, mvt 3. Allegro with repeats

For the Final round

The final round includes one required selection:

Sonata a la Baroque by Coleridge Taylor Perkinson.

Flutists selected for the Final Round will prepare a 15-minute program of their own choosing which includes the required piece.

The program should include a piece or pieces reflecting a wide variety of styles and/or periods. This may include single movements of works, sonatas, concerti, and unaccompanied pieces. It is not necessary to perform all movements of a single work but any individual movement of a work must be performed in its entirety. Cuts may be made in the accompaniment and repeats may be deleted. Entire variations may be omitted, as long as a minimum of 75% of the piece is performed.

Procedures and Deadlines

  • To participate in this competition, school aged applicants must (1) upload mp3 recordings of the preliminary round repertoire, (2) submit the online application form, and (3) pay the nonrefundable application fee ($30) via PayPal/credit card.
  • All entrants must be current student members of the Texas Flute Society in order to participate. Entrants may join either before the competition application is submitted (use the Individual Membership Application form) or when the competition application form is submitted.
  • Entries must be submitted by TBD 2022.
  • Preliminary round recordings must be unedited and without accompaniment. Each selection should be recorded individually in one performance.
  • There must be NO identifying personal information in the MP3 tags of the recording.
  • Entrants are advised that the recording quality may affect results of the preliminary round.
  • Finalists will be notified by TBD 2022
  • Flutists selected from the preliminary round must be prepared to submit their entire 15-minute program for the Final Round by TBD 2022.
  • Finalists are responsible for arranging their own pianist or requesting one from the Competition Coordinator.  Finalists are responsible for the accompanist’s fee.
  • Finalists are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.
  • All performances are open to the public.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.

For more information, please contact the Competition Coordinator.

About Donna Marie Haire


Donna Marie Theisen Haire had a great lifelong love of music. She also loved young people dearly, and glorified in using her talents in music, poetry and dramatic arts to increase their enjoyment of learning.

Donna first began helping young people by encouraging her own children to develop interests in music and other arts, and providing them with a wealth of opportunities to learn. Her loving efforts soon expanded to many church-related groups. These included early-childhood education programs, Sunday School classes, and even small, amateur original theatrical productions that featured children as well as adults.

Although Donna was not formally trained as a teacher, this skill seemed to come naturally to her. She was very creative in finding ways to keep young people enthusiastic about learning, often using music, poetry and play-acting by her students. By all accounts over many years, she was adored by her students. She was also adored by their parents, who were grateful to have such a loving and skillful teacher for their children.

Donna was raised in Columbus, Ohio by her parents, Paul and Minnette Theisen. Early-on, she began her great love of music by tinkling the keys of the family piano. Later, as a high school student, she was able to attend summer piano classes at a local college conservatory and, as a result, became an accomplished pianist. Also in high school, she expanded her musical ability by becoming an excellent alto vocalist. She performed in her school’s choir, Glee Club and musical variety productions throughout her high school years. She was also a member of a popular vocal trio that performed at many school functions as well as on local television in Columbus. Donna dearly loved to sing and rarely missed an opportunity to participate in choral or small-group performances.

Wherever she went, Donna always found young people to love and make eager to learn through her unique blend of music, poetry and drama. She continued to do so for more than thirty years until ill-health forced her to relinquish her great love.

Donna Marie Theisen Haire passed away at the age of 75 on January 1, 2010. The Texas Flute Society is honored to have been selected to host the Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition in her name.

2021 Competition Winners

The Texas Flute Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition.

Ingrid McDuffee

1st Place

Ingrid McDuffee is a junior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She has earned the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association All-State 6A musician designation twice and has been placed in the 2020 TMEA Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a member of the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble for three years and is a member of the Westlake Flute Choir. Ingrid is also principal flute of the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

She has been a prizewinner in the Austin Flute Society Young Artists Competition, placing 1st in the senior division in 2020. She also placed 2nd in the Donna Marie Haire competition with the Texas Flute Society in May 2020. In July 2020, she was a finalist in the Claire Johnson Flute Soloist competition through Floot Fire. Ingrid attended the Flute Institute at Interlochen Arts Camp in 2019 and the virtual Juilliard Summer Winds intensive for summer 2020. Ingrid studies under Rebecca Curtis.

Eunah Kim

2nd Place

Eunah Kim (14 y.o) is currently studying flute with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy (University of North Texas). She was recently chosen as the 1st prize winner at the 2021 International Music Competition “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso and invited to perform at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. She was also chosen as the first place winner (Category 13-18) of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2021. In 2020, she won Grand Prize among seniors and juniors at the 2020 Collin County Young Artist Competition and performed as a soloist with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. She earned a gold medal at the 2020 Music and Stars Awards and 1st prize at the 2020 International Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso. She received 3rd place among college students at the 2020 Young Artist Competition of Linda Chesis Virtual Flute Retreat where there was no age limit. Since 2017, she has been playing in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO). She has received the Texas Flute Festival Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Performer Award (2015-2016) and first place in the Sonata and Concerto division for the Dallas Symphonic festival (2015-2016) for two consecutive years. When she was 8 years old, she placed first at the 2016 Collin County Young Artist Concerto Competition Junior Division. She won grand prize at the Concert Artists International Virtuoso 2017 Competition II and performed at Carnegie Hall. In 2018, she was ranked first in the 2018 Region 24 All Region Middle School Band. She has had masterclasses with Jeffrey Khaner, James Walker, Karl Heinz Schütz, Julien Beaudiment, Marina Piccinini, Jasmine Choi, Brad Garner and Raffaele Trevisani. Eunah loves both performing and listening to music. Her favorite subjects in school are math and literature.

Ayne Park

Honorable Mention

Ayne Park is a ninth grader attending Greenhill School in Addison, Texas.  She has been studying flute under Ms. Monica Song and Mr. Won Lee for six years.

Her accolades include: the second-place winner of the 2020 National Flute Association (NFA) Junior Soloist competition, 2018 MTNA Texas winner and 2019 MTNA National finalist in the junior wind division, Donna Marie Haire competition finalist (the final round in May 2021), first prize winner of Grand Prize Virtuoso competition in Bonn, Germany (The winners’ concert at Beethoven House was canceled due to the pandemic), the first place winner with honorable mention of Opus Artis Paris Music Competition Online, the first prize winner of International Grande Music Competition, a three-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist title at Texas Flute Society Annual Festival, the winner of Floot Fire Virtual Soloist Competition Junior division, the winner of Texas Symphonic Festival junior concerto (2018) and sonata (2021) divisions, and a first prize winner of Concert Artists International Virtuoso III Competition with an invited performance at Carnegie Hall. 

She has been an invited performer at Texas Music Teachers Association Jo Ann Dunn Fargason Memorial Concert. She is a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) flute choir and TPSMEA and ATSSB Texas All-state bands.

Historical Winners

1st Place2nd Place
2021Ingrid McDuffeeEunah Kim
2020Emily ParkIngrid McDuffee
2019Allison LiuSubee Kim
2018Madison HardickLauren Brady
2017Subin ChoYeongjae Jo
2016Joanna KimAlyssa Tinsley
2015Isaiah Obey Jarrett May
2014Tiffany JiangCrystal Kim
2013Elizabeth KangJoann Lee
2012Shilpa KudvaVeronica Zheng