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Spring Festival: May 22 - 23, 2021

Spend the weekend at our Spring Flute Festival, flute fun for all ages! 

Our festival has been attended for decades at various locations throughout San Diego.  Each year, we host fabulous guest artists, classes, flute choirs and a variety of competitions to suit all flutists. This year, the Spring Festival will take place fully online, using Zoom.


(available only to competitors, registrants, and presenters)

Registrants, Competitors (Youth Artist, Young Artist, Collegiate Artist, Festival Division)

Presenters, and Performers, access all the ZOOM LINKS HERE.

Email sdfgtech@gmail.com for access assistance.

FULL SCHEDULE for Spring Festival 2021


This year's guest artist is iconic flutist, composer, and entrepreneur Valerie Coleman! Ms Coleman will lead a masterclass, answer your questions in a Q&A panel, and present a recital over the course of the weekend.

Festival Events       Schedule             Click Here to Register by May 21ST!             Event Access Links for Registrants

2021 FESTIVAL Events


    • Flute Phonics & Improvisation with Matt Eakle
    • Whistle Stop Tour of Extended Techniques with Gareth McLearnon
    • Flute Emergencies & Basic Repair with Cynthia Kelley
    • College Audition Prep with Dr. Jenny Shin
    • The Flutist's Palette - The Use of Consonants and Vowels to Control Sound with Dr. Spencer Hartman
    • Not Just for Fun: Learning through Duets with Dr. Alina Windell


    • Fiesta de Las Flautas - UTSA Flute Ensemble: Music by Mexican Composers, directed by Dr. Rachel Woolf
    • Flute and Clarinet Music by Contemporary Composers Around the World, performed by Vermillion Duet
    • Winners Recitals:

      • A Foray into Fauré & Young Artist Winners
      • Youth Artist Senior, Junior and Elementary Winners

    Schedule of Events

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Time (PST)
     9:30 am - 10:20 am
    Body Mapping with Rena Urso
    10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Flute Phonics & Improvisation with Matt Eakle
    11:45 am - 12:35 pm
    Flute Emergencies & Basic Repair with Cynthia Kelley
    12:35 pm - 2:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
    Not Just For Fun: Learning with Duets with Alina Windell
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Q&A and Presentation with Valerie Coleman
    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    Winners' Recital: Youth Artist Elementary, Junior and Senior Divisions

    Sunday, May 23, 2021

    Time (PST)
     9:00 am - 10:00 am
    The Flutist's Palette - Using Consonants and Vowels to Control Sound with Spencer Hartman
    10:15 am - 11:15 am
    The Whistle Stop Tour of Extended Techniques with Gareth McLearnon
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    College Audition Preparation with Jenny Shin
    12:30 pm - 12:55 pm
    Flute and Clarinet Music by Contemporary Composers Around the World performed by Vermillion Duet
    1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
    UTSA Flute Ensemble performs music by Mexican Composers directed by Rachel Woolf
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Masterclass with Valerie Coleman
    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    Winners' Recital: A Foray into Faure, Young Artist, Collegiate Artist Competitions
     4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Recital featuring Valerie Coleman
    Workshop Descriptions

    Workshop Descriptions

    Body Mapping Join Licensed Body Mapping Educator Rena Urso this Saturday, May 22 at 9:30am PST and learn valuable tools to help you find more ease and enjoyment in your practice room and in performance! Become more aware of how you do what you do, and enjoy more freedom and fluidity in your playing!
    Flute Phonics & Improvisation Join jazz flutist extraordinaire, Matt Eakle, this Saturday, May 22 at 10:30am PST in a workshop on "Flute Phonics and Improvisation". Learn how to gain the same control we have in our flute tone that we’re comfortable with in speech. Just as tone of voice can convey as much meaning as words, this workshop will discuss how to use tone to create the appropriate emotional voice for the musical message. In the course of the workshop, breathing, breath sounds, vibrato, whistle tones, harmonics, split tones, circular breathing, and singing while playing will be demonstrated and appropriate applications discussed. The goal of this workshop is to expand participants' emotional expression in musical performance through tone coloration and to deepen their connection to flute and release tension by surrendering to the sound of air flowing through a tube as a source of musical inspiration.
    Flute Emergencies & Basic Repair Join Cynthia Kelley this Saturday, May 22 at 11:45am (PST) for an Emergency Flute Repair Class that will include: Introduction to the Parts of the Flute, Basic Repairs that can be done by the performer, Emergency Repairs.
    Not Just For Fun: Learning with Duets Join Dr. Alina Windell in an Interactive Lecture: Not Just for Fun: Learning Through Duets. In a time when we are all missing playing together, we will discuss and explore the benefits of playing duets in lessons. Reading duets in lessons helps students improve tone quality, intonation, rhythm, tempo, musical phrasing, articulation, and reading skills. We will apply the concepts covered by playing duets from the Rubank Selected Duets for Flute, Volume II. We will discuss each duet: how we can use it as a teaching tool for playing overall and how to direct focus to one area in particular, then we will play the duet together. I will play the second part, unmuted, while the rest of the class plays the top part, but with their sound muted. In this way, we are able to all play duets together. I will ask for volunteers throughout the class, to see if any of the participants would like to play the non-muted part.
    The Flutist's Palette As Flutists, we know our mouths are instrumental in our sound, but do you know how much they really matter? In this workshop, learn about the Phonetic Alphabet, our body's Resonance Structures, and how different vowel and consonant shapes change our sound!
    Extended Techniques Extended techniques are used more and more often in composition, but they can be quite intimidated to learn. In this workshop, Gareth McLearnon will explain, demonstrate and encourage the experimentation and production of a large selection of extended techniques for the flute in an informative, instructive and entertaining way. The techniques that are covered include: Flutter-tonguing, Harmonics, Alternative Fingerings, Multi-phonics, glissandi, Quartertones, Key-clicks, Ultra-high, Singing & Playing, with difference tones, Residual Tone, Explosive Articulation, Tongue pops, Tongue-stops, Jet Whistle and Expressive Air Blasts, Whale Sound, Non-standard/ethnic tone and Whistle Tones (hence whistle-stop!).
    College Audition Preparation College auditions are just around the corner, and DePaul University faculty member Jenny Shin knows how to help you prepare, make a wonderful impression on the judges, and succeed!
    Vermillion Duet Vermillion Duet is a Baton Rouge-based duo focused on exploring the clarinet and flute repertoire, highlighting works by underrepresented composers. Comprising of Yuh-Jiun (Melody) Wan, flute, and Thomas Kim, clarinet, this duo will present a recital featuring music by a diverse group of living composers, including two world premieres!
    Music by Mexican Composers The UTSA Flute Ensemble is thrilled to present Fiesta de las Flautas featuring music by Mexican composers inspired by Latin American musical traditions and capturing the spirit of San Antonio! In this recital, the ensemble will perform 3 works, including newly commissioned piece based on the folkloric genre Cumbia, from Colombia. The UTSA Flute Ensemble is largely comprised of LatinX students, and is excited to bring music celebrating Latin America to San Diego! Recital program available in the Spring Festival Program.

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