Donna Marie Haire Competition

The 12th Annual Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition will be held May 26th-28th, 2023. This flute competition is open to all school age flutists who will graduate high school during or after the 2022-2023 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.

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2023 Repertoire

For the Preliminary round

*This round is RECORDED.

Flute Set I: Mvt. I, Moderato con anima by Adolphus Hailstork

Fantasy #7: Mvt. I, Alla francese [Largo] (with repeat) by Telemann

For the Final round

The final round includes one required selection:

El Bachiano (2017) by Raimundo Pineda

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 2024.
  • 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 2024.
  • Flutists selected from the preliminary round must be prepared to submit their entire 15-minute program for the Final Round by TBD 2024.
  • 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.

2023 Competition Winners

The Texas Flute Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Donna Marie Haire Young Artist Competition.

Stephanie Kim

1st Place

Stephanie Kim is 15 years old. She is from Flower Mound, Texas. She studies with Monica Song. She was an active member in the Great Dallas Youth Orchestra and was a 6A Texas All-Stater as a freshman. Recently, she was selected as a finalist of the Marine Band Concerto Competition for High School Musicians and won 2nd place at Juanita Miller Competition. Last year, she was named the 2022 National Flute Association Junior Solo Competition Winer and made 2nd place at Music Teachers National Association. This summer, she will participate in the 2023 high school soloist competition as a finalist again for NFA. 

Lily Yang

2nd Place

Lily Yang is a senior at Sunnyvale High School who studies with Claire Johnson, her teacher of six years. This past summer, she was chosen to perform in the Juilliard Summer Winds Program and The Consummate Flutist’s Masterclass Series. She was the principal flutist of the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra in the fall of 2022 and also played flute and piccolo in theGreater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony’s 2021-2022 season. As a freshman, Lily was named to the Association of Texas Small School Band’s 4A All-State Band, and the following year, she made the Texas Music Educators Association’s 6A All-State Band. She was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Performer Award from the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in 2021 and 2022, and she also placed third in the 2023 Dallas Asian Winds Concerto Competition. Lily most recently served as a drum major for the Raider Pride Band and was recognized for outstanding conducting. She has performed in masterclasses for Carol Wincenc, Ian Clarke, Lorna McGhee, Leone Buyse, Conor Nelson, Jake Fridkis, Chelsea Knox, and Tanya Witek. This fall, Lily will be attending Carnegie Mellon University to study flute performance under the instruction of Alberto Almarza.

Historical Winners

1st Place2nd Place
2022Reina ShimStephanie Kim
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