James Carson Memorial Prize

The James Carson Memorial Flute Prize is a scholarship with advanced flutists competing for $1000.00 in prize money plus a trophy. The event is held in two rounds, a preliminary round, and then a final concert. This prestigious flute event is held in memory of the Flute Guild's founder, James Carson, who was principal flutist of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, and lecturer in flute at the Conservatorium from 1957 until his death in 1979. 

In 2016, the two set works for preliminary round are Bozza - Image, Round 2 are JS Bach - Sonata in e minor 1st and 2nd movements, and a piece of your choice (not exceeding 8 mins) You can download the application form here. Applications close 5pm September 9, 2016 Round 1 will be held on Monday September 12, 2016.

The 2016 James Carson Memorial Prize was won by Rachel Lau.

The 2017 pieces have been announced.

Round 1

CPE Bach Sonata for Solo Flute in a minor - Movement One - Poco Adagio AND
Paganini Caprice No. 24 (IMC edition)

Round 2

Faure Morceau de Concours AND
Own Choice piece of no more than 10 minutes

The 2017 dates have been announced. Preliminary Round is September 11, 2017. Final Round will be September 16, 2017


1979 John McGrath
1980 Jo Ann Pitman
1981 Craig Wright
1982 Susan Barker
1983 Susan Barker
1984 Craig Wright
1985 Lisa Maree Amos
1986 Margaret Wrench
1987 Gerard Dutton
1988 Gerard Dutton
1989 Karen Lonsdale
1990 Karen Lonsdale
1991 Heather Michael
1992 Sonia Croucher
1993 Janet McKay
1994 Jean Burgess
1995 Jean Burgess
1996 Andrew McLeod
1997 Bryony MacGillvray
1998 Timothy Munro
1999 Timothy Munro
2000 George Plunkett
2001 Alexis Kenny
2002 Roxy Kavanagh
2003 Roxy Kavanagh
2004 Roxy Kavanagh
2005 Sarah Swann
2006 Catherine Gregory
2007 Catherine Gregory
2008 Maxine Byrne
2009 Jonathan Henderson
2010 Hannah Reardon-Smith
2011 Brijitte Tubb
2012 Simone Maurer
2013 Latham Horn
2014 Emily Smith
2015 Anna Coe
2016 Rachel Lau

James Carson & Larissa Dial Flutes - 12 month use

The Queensland Flute Guild offer two Sankyo flutes for use by two talented individuals for 12 months. These flutes are offered by the family of James Carson, and the family of Larissa Dial.

James Carson was principal flutist of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, and lecturer in flute at the Conservatorium from 1957 until his death in 1979. He was the founder of the Queensland Flute Guild.

Larissa Dial began flute tuition with a Yamaha Flute in Grade 4 of primary school. She progressed and became a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. It was at the end of high school that she purchased a French Silver Sankyo flute which she used for her flute study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Larissa was both a performer and a flute teacher. She especially loved Mozart’s music. Larissa passed away aged 40 years in 2015 after battling cancer and her family have kindly offered Larissa's flute to this scholarship.

In 2016, the two flutes were won by Tess M of Mansfield State High School, and Kate A. from Citipointe Christian College. We hope they enjoy their 12 months on these flutes.


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