The National Society of Arts and Letters

Annual Competition

Music: Woodwinds

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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Alexandria

 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302


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 to 25.  Contestants compete at the chapter level, with the first place winner going on to compete at the national competition.

Washington DC Chapter Awards

$4,000 First Place Winner


National Awards

$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 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from May 16 through May 19, 2013 with a top prize of $15,000.  All competitions are adjudicated by locally and nationally known professionals in the chosen discipline.  In addition, renowned judges of the National Career Awards conduct Master Classes for the contestants during the national competition.


Along with monetary awards gained by emerging artists, the National Career Awards afford the opportunity for young people throughout the United States to be heard and seen by professional critics, managers, producers, teachers, the media, and patrons of the arts.  Additionally, the recipients of the Washington DC Chapter awards were recognized at our May chapter meeting.

The logo for the national competition (above) was designed by

Washington DC Chapter Honorary Member Marci Nadler.



For more information on the National Competition please click on

Previous First Place National Competition Winners

National Career Award

To view our winner’s list please click on

Winner History


Please enjoy a look back at previous Career Award Competitions

by clicking on the following links:

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2013 National Career Award Competition

in Musical Theater

2013 Career Awards

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2012 National Career Award Competition

in Printmaking

2012 Career Awards

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2011 National Career Award Competition

in Dance

2011 Career Awards

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2010 National Career Award Competition

in Literature – Short Story

2010 Career Awards

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65th Annual National Conference

and the

 2009 National Career Award Drama Competition

2009 Career Awards

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2014 Music – Woodwinds

Washington DC Chapter Chair

Susan Merritt Nelson

National Competition to be held in Charleston, West Virginia

2015 Drama

National Competition to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri

2016 Literature

National Competition to be held in Chautauqua, New York

2017 Dance

National Competition to be held in Phoenix, Arizona

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