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Spring Festival Competitions

Below is information on all of the SDFG Spring Festival Competitions.  There are 16 competition divisions each year, including a highly competitive Young Artist Competition, 3 Youth Artist Divisions, 2 Specialty divisions, and 8 Festival Divisions.

While we realize that music is available at many specialty flute shops, we've included some links to the competition music for your convenience.

2017 Young Artist Competition

  • The San Diego (SDFG) 2017 Young Artist Competition is open to flutists ages 18-30 (as of April 29th, 2017). 
  • Flutists wishing to participate in the competition must be members of SDFG and may join upon entry. 
  • Up to six entrants will be chosen from the Preliminary Recorded Round to compete as Finalists (up to two Alternates will also be selected). 
  • Audio recordings (in the form of mp3, mp4, or m4a files)* must be submitted via email by February 27th, 2017 (PST). *WAV files or uploads to data clouds such as BOX, Dropbox will not accepted. 
  • The Final Round will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. 
  • The Winners’ Recital (featuring performances by the First, Second, and Third Place Winners) will be held the following day at the San Diego Flute Guild Spring Festival (same location).  

Prizes

First Place Prize: $1000
Second Place Prize: $500
Third Place Prize: $250

Recorded Preliminary Round Repertoire

Entrants are to submit an audio recording of the following compulsory pieces:

Final Round Repertoire / Program

Finalists will perform both compulsory pieces from the Preliminary Recorded Round plus their choice of one of the following pieces (most recent sonatas to win the “NFA Newly Published Music Competition”) with a pianist in a live final round:

Additional Details And Registration Here



Additional 2017 Youth Artist Divisions

  • These competitions will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Spring Festival. 
  • Each entrant will receive an overall rating of Superior, Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  The top performers will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, and Honorable Mention(s) will be awarded per the judges’ discretion.  There are no ties.  
  • All youth artist divisions are screened. 
  • Youth Artist Competitors MAY NOT also compete in a Festival Division, however they may compete in any or all of the Specialty Divisions.  
  • A live pianist is required for all three Youth Artist divisions. 

Youth Artist Elementary 
(through & including 6th grade)

1st Place Prize: $75
2nd Place Prize: $50
3rd Place Prize: $25

Compulsory Repertoire:

  1. G. F. Handel ~ Sonata in C Major, Op. 1 No. 7 (HWV 365) for Flute and Piano, Mvts. I. Larghetto & II. Allegro (Urtext/Critical Edition Recommended)****  
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum
  2. Piece of contestant’s choosing.

Important Note:
The total performance time (including tuning and set-up) is not to exceed 13 minutes. Please do not take any repeats.

**** Please be sure you are performing the correct Handel Sonata, below are images to help!

   


Youth Artist Junior 
(through & including 9th grade)

1st Place Prize: $100
2nd Place Prize: $75
3rd Place Prize: $50

Compulsory Repertoire:

  1. F. Devienne ~ Sonata in E Minor, Op. 58 No. I for Flute and Piano, Mvt I. Allegro (Edited by Rampal)******  
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum
  2. G. Jacob ~ The Pied Piper for Solo Flute, Mvt. I. The Spell (Edition: Oxford University Press)  
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum
  3. Piece of contestant’s choosing.

Important Note:
The total performance time (including tuning and set-up) is not to exceed 18 minutes. Please do not take any repeats.

**** Please be sure you are performing the correct Devienne Sonata, below is an image to help!



Youth Artist Senior 
(through & including 12th grade)

1st Place Prize: $150
2nd Place Prize: $100
3rd Place Prize: $75

Compulsory Repertoire:

  1. W. A. Mozart ~ Choose one movement below from the  G Major or D Major Concerto (Urtext/Critical Edition Recommended)  
    • Concerto in G Major, Mvt. II. Adagio ma non troppo  
      Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum 1, 2 or 3
    • Concerto in D Major, Mvt. II. Adagio non troppo  
      Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum 1, 2 or 3
  2. H. Hanson ~ Serenade for Flute and Piano (Edition: Carl Fischer)  
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum
  3. A. Piazzolla ~ Tango Etude No. 3 for Solo Flute (Edition: Henri Lemoine)  
    Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

Important Note:
Total Time (including tuning and set-up) is not to exceed 18 minutes. Please do not take any repeats.

Register Here for Young Artist Divisions


Festival Competition Divisions

  • These competitions will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Spring Festival.
  • Participants will be awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze award medals or Participation certificates based on the quality of their performance instead of 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, and Honorable Mentions.  Judges may award as many respective medals as they deem appropriate based on the quality of the performances in each division.
  • Festival Divisions will include: Elementary (5th Grade and under), 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Collegiate Undergraduate, and Adult Amateur (non professionals).
  • There is no compulsory repertoire for the regular festival divisions.
  • The total performance time is not to exceed 8 minutes.
  • Participants may not enter both a Youth Artist division and a Festival division; participants may enter a Festival division and also the Specialty Divisions (Jazz, Orchestral and/or Piccolo division(s)).
  • A live pianist is required for all pieces with written accompaniment.  Smart Music, or other pre-recorded accompaniment may be used upon special request.



Piccolo Division

  • These competitions will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Spring Festival. 
  • This competition is for non-professionals of any age.  Teachers and adults who make their living playing the flute are not eligible to compete, but are eligible to play and receive comments only. 
  • The top performers in the Piccolo Division will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, and Honorable Mention(s) will be awarded per the judges’ discretion.  The total performance time is not to exceed 8 minutes. 
  • A live pianist is required for all pieces with written accompaniment.  Smart Music, or other pre-recorded accompaniment may be used upon special request


Register Here for the Piccolo Division



ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS DIVISION (2017)

  • These competitions will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Spring Festival.
  • This competition is for non-professionals of any age.  Teachers and adults who make their living playing the flute are not eligible to compete, but are eligible to play and receive comments only. 
  • The top performers in the Orchestral Excerpts Division will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, and Honorable Mention(s)  will be awarded per the judges’ discretion.  
  • Auditions will be behind a screen.  
  • Please perform your Mozart unaccompanied (without piano).  
  • Full parts are available on IMSLP.
Compulsory excerpts:
  1. W. A. Mozart ~ Choose Exposition of either G Major or D Major Concerto
  2. J. Brahms ~ Symphony 4: IV. m89-m105
  3. P. I. Tchaikovsky ~ Symphony 4: IV. m30-m60, or rehearsal A to B
  4. S. Prokofiev ~ Peter & the Wolf: Rehearsal 2 through 4 & 42 through 43




Jazz Division (2018)

  • This division will not be held in 2017
  • This competition is for non-professionals of any age.  Teachers and adults who make their living playing the flute are not eligible to compete, but are eligible to play and receive comments only. 
  • The top performers in the Jazz Division will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, and Honorable Mention(s)  will be awarded per the judges’ discretion.  
  • Auditions will be in a masterclass setting with a coach / adjudicator.

Entrants to the Jazz division will be required to play the following:

  1. An up-tempo blues tune of your choosing.  Play melody twice, improvise a minimum of 4 choruses, play melody 1 time and end.
  2. Choose a jazz ballad from the following.  Play melody once, improvise no more than 2 choruses, return to melody at the bridge and play till the end.  Please choose from the following:
    • Misty ~ Errol Garner
    • Loverman ~ Jimmy Davis
    • Summertime ~ George Gershwin
    • Round Midnight ~ Thelonius Monk
  3. A medium tempo swing tune chosen from the following.  Play melody once, improvise a minimum of 2 choruses, play melody to end.  Choose from the following:
    • Autumn Leaves ~ Johnny Mercer
    • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore ~ Duke Ellington
    • Confirmation ~ Charlie Parker
    • A Night In Tunisia ~ Dizzy Gillepie

Entrants may choose to play with a piano accompanist or with recorded backing tracks.  Please bring an  appropriate electronic device (ipod, ipad, boom box with speakers) to play your backing tracks.

Students in the Jazz division will be evaluated on the following:

  • Interpretation and accuracy of melody.
  • Understanding and execution of proper swing feel.
  • Content of improvisations and understanding of song forms.
  • Originality, creativity and self-expression contained within the presentation.

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