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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, 3 Specialty divisions, and 8 Festival Divisions.

Please note: the publishers and links provided are for reference only, and not required.  Teachers may use their preferred edition, and judges will not consider the choice of edition in their deliberations. 

2019 location and dates will be available in late summer, 2018.

2019 Young Artist Competition

Our esteemed Young Artist Competition is a showcase of the best flutists who are emerging artists in the US and abroad.  A brief description of the competition is here, and for complete details, please visit the Event page.
  • The San Diego (SDFG) Young Artist Competition is open to flutists ages 18-30 (as of the competition date in 2019).
  • Six entrants and two alternates will be chosen from the Preliminary Recorded Round to compete as finalists. Recordings are due Thursday, February 1st, 2019.
  • The live Final Round will take place in San Diego, CA, specific date TBD. 
  • 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's Spring Festival.
  • Repertoire is found below.

Cash Prizes

1st Place Prize: $1000
2nd Place Prize: $500
3rd Place Prize: $250

Recorded Preliminary Round Repertoire

G.P. Telemann – Fantasie No. 9 in E Major for solo Flute (no repeats) (Bärenreiter)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

and

Eugène Bozza – Image for Solo Flute (Leduc)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

Final Round Repertoire / Program

If selected to perform in the live final round, contestants will play both recorded round selections as listed above, plus the choice of  *one* of the following pieces (in its entirety) to perform live with a pianist:

Bohuslav Martinu – First Sonata for Flute and Piano (Associated Music Publishers)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

Carl Reinecke – Undine Sonata for Flute and Piano, (Schott/Universal - Weiner Urtext)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

Charles-Marie Widor – Suite Opus 34 for Flute and Piano (G. Henle Verlag Urtext)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum


Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.


2019 Youth Artist Divisions

  • These competitions will be held at the Spring Festival (date TBD).
  • 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 G Major (HWV 363) I. Adagio & II. Allegro (Peters)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

2. Plus entrant’s Choice of ONE of the following:
E. Pessard – Andalouse (Southern Music),
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

J. Donjon – Offertoire (Southern Music),
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

B. Godard – Allegretto (Southern Music)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

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

If you are interested in sponsoring the Youth Artist Elementary Division, please email us at sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com



Youth Artist Junior
(through & including 9th grade)

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

Compulsory Repertoire:

1. J. Ibert – Pièce pour flûte seule (Leduc)
Flute World| Carolyn Nussbaum

2.  J.S. Bach – Sonata in E-Flat Major (BWV 1031), III. Allegro (G. Henle Verlag)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

3. Plus entrant’s Choice of ONE of the following:
C. Saint-Saens – Romance (Opus 37) (Durand),
Flute World| Carolyn Nussbaum

or

P. Gaubert  – Madrigal (International)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

B. Molique  – Andante (Southern Music
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum


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

If you are interested in sponsoring the Youth Artist Junior Division, please email sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com.



Youth Artist Senior
(through & including 12th grade)

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

Compulsory Repertoire:

1. Jean Rivier – Oiseaux tendres pour flûte solo (Salabert)
Flute World| Carolyn Nussbaum

2. J.S. Bach – Sonata in E Minor (BWV 1034)  I. Adagio ma non tanto & IV. Allegro (G. Henle Verlag)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

3. Plus entrant’s Choice of ONE of the following:

P. Gaubert – Fantasie (Schirmer), 
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

A. Duvernoy – Concertino (Opus 45) (Schirmer),
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

or

L. Ganne – Andante et Scherzo (Schirmer)
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.

Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.


Festival Competition Divisions

  • These competitions will be held at the Spring Festival (date TBD).
  • 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.
Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.


Piccolo Division

  • These competitions will be held at the Spring Festival (date TBD). 
  • 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. 
  • There is no compulsory repertoire for the piccolo division.
  • A live pianist is required for all pieces with written accompaniment.  Smart Music, or other pre-recorded accompaniment may be used upon special request


Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.


ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS DIVISION

  • These competitions will be held at the Spring Festival (date TBD).
  • 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).

Compulsory excerpts:

1. Select *one* of the following (must be performedwithoutaccompaniment):
W.A. Mozart - Concerto No. 1 in G Major, I. Allegro maestoso (exposition only, (bars 31-91) (G. Henle Verlag)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

W.A. Mozart - Concerto No. 2 in D Major, I. Allegro aperto (exposition only, bars 32-97) (G. Henle Verlag)
Flute World | Carolyn Nussbaum

2. Plus the following 4 excerpts from J. Baxtresser’s Orchestral Excerpts for Flute (Theodore Presser Company)
Flute World| Carolyn Nussbaum

  • J.S. Bach – St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 - No. 58:

    “Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben” (bars 1-19)


  • P. Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis

    Excerpt 2: Mvt. III (8 before [C] to 13 after [C])


  • G. Bizet – Carmen

    Entr’acte (Prelude to Act III) (bars 1-23)


  • M. Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé

    (3 before [176] to [180])




Entrants must begin with the concerto exposition and then play the excerpts in the order listed.


Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.


Jazz Division

  • 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.

Compulsory Repertoire:

  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.
Registration for the competitions will be available in summer 2018.

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