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  • Friday, March 08, 2019 11:20 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Important deadlines for the Spring Festival are coming up! Open this letter to find out exciting news about the Spring Festival, Summer Camp, and other events

    March Newsletter

    Friday, March 8th, 2019

    Message from the President

    In just over a month, our 2019 Spring Festival will be here! The SDFG Board is excited to see this event come together after months of hard work. I can't wait to see our guest artist, Leone Buyse in recital, as well as our featured flute choir! I hope to meet many of you there! 

    We also are hard at work planning our 2019 Summer Camp at Green Oak Ranch. Diana Morgan will be joining us this year as our guest artist, which is incredibly exciting. She will be perfect to work with all of the students, no matter what age or experience level. 

    One last thing - we are in need of volunteers for the Spring Festival. We can't have a successful event without your help! Email sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com if you're able to assist on April 14th (even 1-2 hours is a big help!). 

    Farah Zolghadr, President

    Spring Festival Deadlines Coming Up Soon!

    ALL competition deadlines are Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (11:59PM). For more details about the numerous competitions we have planned, please visit the event page

    Masterclass with Leone Buyse

    The deadline to apply for Leone Buyse's masterclass is Sunday March 10th, 2019 (11:59PM).

    Your application must have your selected repertoire for the class AND a recommendation letter from your private teacher. Applying for the masterclass is free, but there is a $50 fee for those selected. Don't miss out on this opportunity to work with a world-class flutist and teacher. 

    For full details, or to apply, please visit the event page

    Summer Camp: Announcing Guest Artist Diana Morgan! 

    We are excited to announce Diana Morgan as Guest Artist for this year's Summer Camp! Diana Morgan is acting 3rd Flute/Piccolo for the San Diego Symphony. She is a sought-out teacher in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Morgan has studied with Jeanne Baxtresser, Jim Walker, and other world-renowned flutists. She is a faculty member and director for Jim Walker's Beyond the Masterclass at the Colburn School of Music.

    We are now accepting registrations for our Summer Camp. Submit your registration before April 1st, 2019 (11:59PM) to receive an Early Bird Special. People who complete a camp registration for this deadline will have a reduced fee for their registration.

    As another reminder, we have a day-camper option. Day Campers will participate in all the day-time activities -- morning warm-up, chamber ensemble, masterclasses, and more -- without needing to stay overnight.

    Please visit our Summer Camp Event Page to register or for more information. 

    Calling All Volunteers

    Please consider volunteering for the Annual Spring Festival. Your contribution helps make our festival, on April 14th, run smoothly. We are looking for a large team to spread out the tasks needed throughout the day, and we're also able to hire 4 paid helpers at $100 for the day (7:30 am to 4:00 pm). There are assignments and tasks perfect for students, teachers, and adults/parents. 

    Visit our Volunteer Page for more info or contact sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com and sign-up today.

    2019 Spring Festival Sponsors

    Thank you to those sponsoring our event! If you would like to sponsor our event and be featured on our newsletter and social media handles, please visit our Exhibitors, Advertisers, & Sponsor Page for more information

    We still have sponsorships available for Festival Divisions, Youth Artist Elementary, and Youth Artist Senior Competitions. 

    Guest Artist Sponsor:

    Young Artist Competition Sponsors: 

    Youth Artist Junior Competition Sponsor: 

  • Monday, February 18, 2019 9:01 AM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Chamber Fest Recap

    Our Chamber Fest on January 13th was a rousing success! We had 16 ensembles perform and receive comments from our amazing judges, Cheryl Bretsnyder and Tracy Goodwin. It was great to see such a wide variety of ages and skill levels represented. San Marcos High School was a beautiful venue and the staff there was extremely welcoming! 

    Visit our Facebook page for more photos from that day and this link (members only) for recordings from the event. 

    We're already excited for next year's event in January 2020! 

    Registration Now Open! Summer Camp 2019

    Date: 6/26/19 - 6/30/19

    The camp committee is excited for our 2019 overnight summer camp at Green Oak Ranch (Vista, CA), the same awesome venue as last year! Students in grades 5-12 are invited to join us for 5 days of fluting and fun! Our guest artist will be announced soon. 

    This year, we're happy to introduce a new day camp option. Day campers will attend programming from 9:00am-9:00pm on 6/27-6/30. 

    Secure your spot with a $100 deposit before April 1st and lock in the early bird rate of $400 for the overnight camp. After that date, the overnight camp cost will go up, so register now and save! 

    Full camp details can be found here

    Deadline for Festival Competitions & Masterclasses

    The Spring Festival has numerous performing opportunities including festival divisions, young artist competitions, and the masterclass with Guest Artist, Leone Buyse. All registrations for Spring Festival competitions and the masterclass are due by March 10th

    Flutists who want to perform in the masterclass will need to submit their registration, their proposed repertoire, and a letter of recommendation from their teacher before the March 10th deadline. Applications will be reviewed and selected performers will be notified by March 18th. It is free to apply for the masterclass, but there is a fee if you are selected. 

    Complete your competition registration for our Spring Festival here!

    The masterclass application can be found here

    Volunteers Needed

    Our Spring Festival is our biggest event of the year and it takes a village for it to be executed well. We are thankful and reliant on all of our Spring Festival volunteers and we are calling everyone that can help in some capacity. There are numerous ways you can contribute to this event, such as being a runner, room monitor, division proctor, and much more. Even 1-2 hours is a huge help for us. Volunteers will be recognized for their work. Students who need service hours can use this opportunity to fulfill those requirements. 

    If you would like to give back to the guild and be a proactive member of the community, please consider helping us out by visiting our Volunteer Page.

    Recital & Chamber Fest Recordings Available

    Recordings from the Member's Recital and Chamber Fest recordings are now available. Members who have performed at these events may find their recordings on the SDFG website. As a reminder, performance recordings are a newly added perk to your membership for this season. If you plan to participate in the events outside of the Spring Festival, there will be an audio recording available with your performance.

    Scholarship Donors: Mary & Naomi A. Grant

    We are making a special shoutout to Mary Grant & Naomi A. Grant for donating to our scholarship fund in honor of their mother, Winona Grant. Their donation will be used for scholarships to help deserving individuals with membership fees, competitions fees, private lesson costs, and instruments. 

    If you would like to apply, visit our Scholarship Page for more details. 

    Donations are welcome year-round for our Scholarship Fund - no amount too small! 

    Sponsor Spotlight

    We would like to thank Paul Rabinov - Flute Services for sponsoring the 2019 Youth Artist Junior Division. 

    Thanks to Flutacious! and Flutistry Boston for their partial sponsorship of the 2019 Young Artist Competition. 

    A very special thanks to Verne Q. Powell Flutes for their sponsorship of our guest artist for the 2019 Spring Festival, Leone Buyse.  

    Spring Festival Sponsorship Opportunity!

    Would your business like to sponsor our event? We have Young Artist and Festival Divisions that are in need of sponsors. If you and your business would like to be featured on all of our media platforms, please email sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com to inquire about our sponsorships. 

    Visit this page for more information on sponsorship, advertising, and exhibitor opportunities.

  • Friday, January 11, 2019 6:24 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Next Week! 2019 Chamber Fest

    Sunday, January 13, 2019 (2:00PM - 4:30PM)

    San Marcos High School

    The “Chamber Fest” combines flute and/or mixed ensembles in a festival where students play in a recital setting and are adjudicated by professional flutists. The performances will be open to the public. Mark your calendars and please join us for an afternoon of chamber music.

    Event Recap: Holiday Concert

    Our 2018 Winona Grant Holiday Concert was a huge success! We had a wide variety of ensembles that created an exciting program. During the event, we had our annual raffle, which raised over $300 for our scholarship fund. If you wish to donate to our scholarship fund, visit our website

    Special thanks to those who assisted with the event: Suzy Farber and Emily Persinko (co-coordinators), Renee Tresko (Director, SDFG Sponsored Choir), and Elena Yarritu (host, SDFG Teachers' Choir). We also greatly appreciated the hospitality of our venue, Westminster Presbyterian Church.

    Thanks to all of you who participated and attended! 

    Young Artist Competition

    Registration for the 2019 SDFG Young Artist Competition recorded round is open, and we will be accepting applications until February 1st, 2019. The competition is open to flutists between the age of 18-30. Recorded Round repertoire includes:

    • G.P. Telemann - Fantasie No. 9 in E Major for solo Flute (no repeats) 
    • Eugène Bozza – Image for Solo Flute

    Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three YAC winners. For eligibility, requirements, and other information visit the Registration Page.

    Spring Festival - Masterclass with Leone Buyse

    Each year, we invite flutists to perform in a masterclass with our Spring Festival Guest Artist. This year, we are delighted to have Ms. Leone Buyse join us! Spots are limited for this masterclass (only 4 total!), so we encourage you to apply early. See this page for more information about requirements and how to apply. 

    Annual Spring Festival Proposals

    Morning Warm-Up Artist

    We are accepting proposals for our annual Spring Festival's Morning Warm-Up Artist! The Morning Warm-Up Artist will present a 45-50 minute warm-up that encourages audience participation and helps set the tone for the day's activities.

    Proposals should include:

    • Presenter biography
    • High-resolution photo
    • Handouts that will need to be printed
    • Short description of the warm-up

    The presenter will receive a $100 stipend for the session. Priority is given to those who have not presented a class for our festival in recent years. 

    Featured Flute Choir

    We are accepting proposals for a Flute Choir to be featured at our annual Spring Festival! We are looking for an experienced and high-level flute choir to perform a 45-50 minute program of various works.

    Proposals should include:

    • Biography of the group
    • Repertoire, as it should appear in the festival program
    • High-res group photo and director

    Priority will be given to those who have not performed at our festival in recent years.

    Proposals for featured flute choir and warm up artist will be accepted until February 1st, 2019. Email your proposals to sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com

    We need YOU! 

    Our Spring Festival is an all hands on deck event. The continuing success of this event is heavily based on the generosity and time of our many volunteers. The festival provides numerous opportunities for anyone to give back to our thriving San Diego Flute Guild community. Volunteers get community service hours and our utmost gratitude for helping with this major event! 

    Please consider volunteering for our annual Spring Festival on April 14, 2019. The more help, the better; and we need all the help we can get!

    For volunteering information, visit the Volunteer Page. Otherwise, let us know how you can help by emailing sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com

    Advertiser, Exhibitor & Sponsors

    Business members of the San Diego Flute Guild have opportunities for advertising, exhibiting and sponsoring at the SDFG Spring Flute Festival each year.

    We hope you will consider becoming an Advertiser, Exhibitor and/or Sponsor for this year’s event. Our event is made more successful with the support of businesses, especially those who sponsor our competitions with cash prizes. 

    Deadlines for the 2019 Spring Festival are as follows:

    • Submit your Festival Program Ad by March 15, 2019.
    • Register as an exhibitor by March 10, 2019, here.
    • Sponsor a competition by March 10, 2019.

    Any questions? Call or email Alan Payne at alan@upperoctave.com or cell 760-525-9119.

    Save the Date: SDFG Summer Camp

    Date: June 26-30, 2019

    Location: Green Oak Ranch

    SDFG will be presenting our Annual Summer Camp at Green Oak Ranch again this year! We hope that you will plan to join us for a week of friends, music, summer activities, and memories. More details will be revealed as we get closer to the date. Stay tuned for our guest artist and enrollment.

    Flute Choir Concert

    This Saturday, the Avanti Flute Choir will be presenting their Winter Concert. Tickets are FREE and the event will be held at a private residence near Balboa Park. Attendees are required to RSVP by emailing avantiflutechoir@gmail.com. Please plan to support the Avanti Flute Choir under the direction of Dr. Julia Barnett (SDFG Board Member).

  • Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:23 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    December Newsletter

    December 9th, 2018

    Message from the President

    The holiday season is upon us! I wish everyone fun and festive time with family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our 2018 Winona Grant Holiday Concert coming up on December 16th. Although registration for participants is closed, all are welcome to attend and get in the holiday spirit! 

    The board is hard at work crafting our other events this season, including Chamber Fest (January 13th), Summer Camp (June 26-30) and the Spring Festival! I am especially excited to announce our 2019 Spring Festival Guest Artist, Leone Buyse! Ms. Buyse is one of the country's premier flutists and educators, so I am thrilled that she will be joining us. Please check out our website for full details on our Spring Festival (and of course, more to come)! 

    Thanks to all of you for your continued support of the Guild - we couldn't do what we do without all of you! 

    Farah Zolghadr, President

    Spring Festival Guest Artist -- Leone Buyse

    Flutist Leone Buyse relinquished her principal positions with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops in 1993 to pursue a more active solo and teaching career after 22 years as an orchestral musician.  A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with those orchestras and also with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónia Nacional (Mexico City) and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.  She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma.

    The only American prizewinner in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.  She has performed and taught at numerous major North American festivals, including Aspen, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, Norfolk, and Domaine Forget (Quebec). Her solo recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany, and C.R.I. labels.

    Ms. Buyse is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has also taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.  Her former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras. Also an accomplished pianist, Ms. Buyse served for two years as a collaborative pianist at Jean-Pierre Rampal's summer master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide at the 38th annual convention in Anaheim, California in August 2010. She maintains a web presence atwww.leonebuyse.com.

    Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Sunday, December 16th (4:00pm)

    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    1500 S. Juniper St.

    Escondido, CA 92025

    Join us and get in the holiday spirit at the Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert. Members of the flute community have rehearsed for this concert and join them in giving back to the community for a beautiful evening of flute music. No online reservations are necessary, bring other guests and holiday cheers.

    SDFG's Annual Chamber Fest!

    Date: January 13th, 2019 at 2:00pm

    Location: San Marcos High School

    Registration Deadline December 17th, 2018

    Registration Fee: $15.00

    The Chamber Fest combines flute and/or mixed ensembles in a festival where students play in a recital setting and are adjudicated by professional flutists. Chamber Fest is open to all students through high school, as well as adult amateurs performing in flute and/or mixed-instrument ensembles.


    Each ensemble should be 2 or more flutes, or mixed instrumentation

    • Elementary - through 6th Grade
    • Junior - through 9th Grade
    • Senior -  through 12th Grade
    • Adult - non-professional adults

    All flutist must be 2018-19 members of SDFG to participate. Other instrumentalists do not have to members. Please log in to check your membership status and register.

    Full details about this event can be found here

    Breath - The Essence of Tone by Dr. September Payne

    Dr. September Payne wrote this article discussing the importance of regulating airflow. As wind players it is important for us to know how to use our air. 

    For your benefit, take some time to read:

    Breath - The Essence of Tone

    Morning Warm Up and Flute Choir Proposals Now Being Accepted

    We are currently accepting proposals for our Morning Warm-Up Artist at our annual Spring Festival. Priority will be given to those who have not presented a class for our festival in recent years.

    • We are looking for a 45-50 minute warm-up that encourages audience participation and helps to set the tone for the day's activities.

      Proposals should include a high-res photo, presenter biography, any handouts that will need to be printed, and a short description of the warm-up for our program. The presenter will be paid $100 for the session.

    We are currently accepting proposals for a flute choir to perform at our annual Spring Festival! Priority will be given to those who have not performed at our festival in recent years. We are looking for a 45-50 minute program of varied works from a high-level flute choir (all ages welcome) with performing experience.

    • Proposals should include a biography of the group, program repertoire as it should appear in the festival program, and a high res photo of your group, and of your director. The selected choir will be notified in February if it is chosen for the festival. All members of the flute choir must be members of the SDFG. There is a $10 discounted fee to attend the festival for participating flute choir members.

    Proposals for the warm up artist and flute choir must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2019.

    Full details and submission information can be found here

    Call For Exhibitors and Sponsors

    We are looking for business members to exhibit at the Spring Festival Exhibit Hall. Business members will be able to promote and sell merchandise to all of the festival-goers on that day.

    We are also looking for sponsors for our divisions (full listing here). Sponsorships are crucial to the success of our Spring Festival divisions with cash prizes. Sponsors will be featured on our website and Spring Festival program.

    If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Alan Payne at alan@upperoctave.com or the San Diego Flute Guild

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 10:52 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    The weather is turning colder, which is a welcome respite from the hot summer months! 

    I was so excited to see many of you at our Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital! We had a wonderful mix of performers who all did a great job. Special thanks to SDFG board members Alina Steele and Lionel Avila for organizing our first event of the season. 

    Next up, we have our Holiday Concert (more details below!), Chamber Fest, and Spring Festival. Make sure to save the date for these events and pay close attention to upcoming registration deadlines! 

    With Thanksgiving coming up, I hope you will all join me in thanking this wonderful SDFG Board for working hard on our events this season and all of you for your support in creating a wonderful flute community in our area! Let's all reflect on this past year and move into the holiday season with a grateful spirit. 

    Farah Zolghadr, President

    Winona Grant Holiday Concert

    Date: December 16, 2018

    Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Escondido, CA)

    Time: 4:00 pm

    The San Diego Flute Guild is happy to host the annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Concert, with student flute choirs sponsored by SDFG. It is open to any and all flutists and flute choirs... the more the merrier! We welcome friends, family and flute lovers to attend the concert and help us celebrate the holiday season! It is free to attend the concert (free-will donations welcome).

    Registration Deadlines (link to register below)

    SDFG Student Choir: Extended to November 17th

    SDFG Teachers' Choir and pre-formed choirs: November 18th

    2018 Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    2019 Chamber Fest

    Date: January 13, 2019

    Location: San Marcos High School (San Marcos, CA)

    Time: 2:00 pm

    SDFG Chamber Fest combines flute and/or mixed ensembles in a festival where students play in a recital setting and are adjudicated by professional flutists. Each ensemble should be 2 or more flutes, or mixed instrumentation (no piano). The divisions available are:

    Elementary – through 6th Grade
    Junior – through 9th Grade
    Senior – through 12th Grade
    Adult – non-professional adults

    Registrations are due for Chamber Fest on December 17th. More details can be found at the link below. 

    2019 Chamber Fest

    Save the Date! 2019 Young Artist Competition

    The San Diego Flute Guild is excited to announce the dates for the 2019 Young Artist Competition! This competition brings talented flutists from around the country to the San Diego area for the live final round of the competition. Registration is now open! 

    Recorded Round Deadline: February 1, 2019

    Live Final Round: April 13, 2019 

    Save The Date! 2019 Spring Festival

    We are also excited to announce the date for our 2019 Spring Festival: April 14, 2019! This year, our festival will be held at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Many more details to come, including the announcement of our guest artist! Registration is now open for our student competitions and for the event itself. 

    2019 Spring Flute Festival

    Congratulations Local Flutists!

    Elisha Tan, a resident of Poway, student of Dr. September Payne and SDFG student member recently was awarded Honorable Mention (Division B) of Classics Alive Artists, Young Artist Competition held on the UCLA campus September 22. She has been a finalist in LA Classics and solo recitalist, for 4 years. 

    Michelle Liu, a resident of 4 S Ranch, and a student of Dr. September Payne, has been accepted as 1 of 4 freshmen from across the nation to attend New England Conservatory of Music.

    Submitted by Dr. September Payne

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 8:11 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    October Newsletter

    Monday, October 8th, 2018

    Message from the President

    I can't believe it, but fall is almost here! Your SDFG board has been hard at work crafting events for the coming year. First up is our Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital on November 4th (read below for details!). We're also working hard on our Holiday Concert, Chamber Fest, and Spring Festival! We have some exciting changes this year to our events and we look forward to having you all there! 

    I look forward to meeting many of you at our events this year! Please don't hesitate to email me if you have thoughts about any of our scheduled events or ideas for new ones.  

    Farah Zolghadr, President 

    Annual Meeting of the Members

    Date: November 4th, 2018

    Location: Carmel Valley Library Branch

    Time: 1:00 pm

    We have an exciting year in store for the San Diego Flute Guild! You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital at Carmel Valley Library. We will reflect on last year's events and announce this upcoming year's events and new opportunities. Meet the board members, meet fellow guild members, perform at the recital, and enjoy some refreshments. 

    This meeting is FREE to attend and is open to both members and non-members, so please invite friends, family, and those who would be interested in the San Diego Flute Guild!

    Immediately following the meeting will be the Fall Member's Recital. Plan to stay, play, and support your fellow flutists! 

    Membership Recital Registration

    Take advantage of your Membership Benefit with the San Diego Flute Guild! We are currently looking for performers to be on the Fall Members' Recital that will follow the Annual Meeting of the Members, starting at 2:00pm on November 4th at Carmel Valley Library

    Pianist, Katherine Dvoskin, is provided at no cost to participants: a new membership benefit for this year. Performers are welcome to provide their own pianist if they prefer.

    The Fall Members' Recital will be recorded (audio only) and recordings will be made available a couple weeks after the recital.

    If you would like to be a performer, please register here by October 28th, 2018. Groups and solo performances are welcome, but spots are limited. At least one member in each performance MUST be an SDFG member.


    Did you know that SDFG members can apply for scholarships on our website? Scholarships are given to deserving applicants in the Southern California region. We are currently updating our scholarship process to include separate application forms for the student and their respective instructor. Scholarships can be used for membership fees, recital and performance fees, instrumental needs, and anything else that helps further your development in your flute career. 

    Restrictions do apply. To find out more about this benefit, visit our Scholarship Page for more details. 

    If you would like to donate to our Scholarship Fund, please visit the Donation Page of our website. 

    SDFG Membership Renewal

    The 2018-19 Season for the San Diego Flute Guild is now in swing. Don't forget to renew your membership! As a reminder, your SDFG membership provides: 

    • Monthly Newsletter and Updates
    • Member-Exclusive Performance and Opportunities
    • Provided pianists and audio recording of performances and events
    • Reduced costs and fees for SDFG events
    • Teacher and Pianist directories
    • Scholarship Fund

    ...and much more! 

    To renew your Membership, please visit our page HERE

    Save The Date: Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Date: December 16th, 2018

    The Annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert is scheduled for December 16th, 2018. Please plan to join other members throughout San Diego for this big event! Get your flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, and piccolos and perform holiday tunes! More details coming soon!  

    Avanti Flute Choir is accepting new members

    Avanti is a performing flute choir composed of amateur through professional musicians. We rehearse weekly and perform in an annual concert series. We are accepting new members for our fall semester.

    Fall Semester 

    September through early January

    Rehearsals are every Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm near Balboa Park

    Winter concert January 12th at 3:00pm

    Tuition is $50 per month

    www.AvantiFluteChoir.org or email Avantiflutechoir@gmail.com  

    Director: Dr. Julia Barnett 619-402-5073


    666 Upas St.

    San Diego, CA 92103

    All ages

    Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

    Congratulations Gabriela Beltran!

    Gabriela Beltran, a resident of Carlsbad, student of Dr. Elena Yarritu, and SDFG student member recently was awarded first Place (Division B) of Classics Alive Artists, Young Artist Competition held on the UCLA campus September 22.

    Submitted by Dr. Elena Yarritu

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 8:16 AM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    August Newsletter

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 

    Welcome Our New Director: Julia Barnett

    Dr. Julia Barnett has been appointed Director for the SDFG 2018-19 Board. Growing up in San Diego, Julia has studied with Adan Provencio and Claude Monteux. Under their direction, Dr. Barnett participated in all SDFG events, competitions, and festivals. She then moved on to studying with Leone Boyse (Rice University), Christina Jennings (University at Colorado-Boulder), and Sheridan Stokes (UCLA). She has won positions in the Midland Odessa Symphony and Billings Symphony, and is now Director for Avanti Flute Choir and Les Flutes des Salon member. Julia looks forward to giving back to SDFG for its impact in her musical development as a young musician. 

     Welcome, Dr. Julia Barnett!

    Learn more about Julia by visiting her Website.

    Renew Your Membership for 2018-19

    As a reminder, the 2018-19 season will begin on September 7th, 2019. We encourage you to keep your membership active so you can enjoy all the benefits of SDFG membership! We have much to share for the upcoming year in our next newsletter after event dates get finalized in the next couple of weeks. Don't miss out on the latest updates and events in store this season!

    To renew your membership, visit the Membership Page on our website.

    Membership Benefits

    We are always grateful for all of our SDFG members. The guild's sustainability is based on the membership base. We would love to give back to our community, so we are accepting submissions to post on our website, newsletters, and our social media handles. 

    If you have any accomplishments to share, items for sale, or upcoming events, email your submission to SanDiegoFluteGuild@gmail.com

    Upcoming Events

    The board is diligently working to coordinate events for the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned to receive more detailed information about all of our events. Some early season events to be excited for:

    • Annual Meeting of the Members/Fall Recital (Nov)
    • Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir (Dec)
    • Chamber Fest (Jan)

    Do you have any suggestions for the events that you want to share? Please send your comments and suggestions to our email: SanDiegoFluteGuild@gmail.com

    Del Mar Flute Ensemble class to start Sept. 14 in Sorrento Valley

    flute-pic-humanFall Semester (16 week) 

    September 14 through November 16

    No class Nov. 23, back Nov. 30 through Dec. 14, (break) January 4 to January 18th

    6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday–$200 Performance: Jan. 29th

    Spring Semester (16 week) 

    Begins February 8 through March 29
    (spring break 4/5) April 12 through May 31st

    6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday–$200 Performance: June 3rd

    Email: rozrichards8@gmail.com (Conductor: Rosalind Richards 760-497-2088)

    NYO New Youth Orchestra – San Diego Youth Orchestra
    10855 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2
    San Diego, CA 92121 USA
    All ages
    Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Monday, July 09, 2018 10:29 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message From the President

    Dear San Diego, 

    I would first love to say hello to all of you and introduce myself as the new President of the San Diego Flute Guild! You may have seen me at events this past year as I served as 1st Vice President. Most recently, I was a coordinator for the 2018 SDFG Summer Camp, where 20 campers had an incredible experience learning from master teachers and playing in ensembles together. 

    A little about me: The flute has been a huge part of my life since the age of 10, when I first picked up the instrument. I received my D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Miami in 2012, where I was a Mancini Fellow. One of the most important things to me is to share my love of the flute with others and cultivate an interest in the arts (whether it be performing, teaching, or supporting live music). 

    It is an absolute privilege to serve as President of this wonderful group and I cannot wait to share more about our programming for this coming year! If you have any thoughts to share with me as I start in this role, you can email me at:


    -Farah Zolghadr, President

    Introducing the 2018-19 Board of Directors

    Our election ballots are closed and the results are in! We are excited to announce our 2018-19 Board:

    President: Farah Zolghadr

    1st Vice President: Alina Freiman Steele

    2nd Vice President/Corresponding Secretary: Lionel Charles Avila

    Treasurer: Alina Freiman Steele

    Membership Secretary: Alan Payne

    Recording Secretary: Emily Persinko

    Director: Pam Vliek Martchev

    Director: Suzy Farber

    Director: Sierra Johnson

    Director: Sunah Jong

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the election!


    Summer Camp 2018

    Last week, SDFG hosted a flute summer camp at Green Oak Ranch. We were joined by 20 campers who have had the opportunity to make music with each other. We were joined by the Featured Guest Artist, Seth Allyn Morris, and other guest artists: Janelle Barrera, September Payne, Maralyn Prestia, Alina Freiman Steele, and Renee Tresko. The camp was filled with numerous camp activities and the campers made new friendships and became better musicians. We look forward to the next summer camp!

    The Guild on Social Media

    Want to keep updated with SDFG outside of the monthly newsletters? We are increasing our social media presence. Receive the most up-to-date information by liking our Facebook Page or following us on Instagram!


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  • Friday, June 08, 2018 2:18 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message from the President:

    It has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve on the board for the past 10 years, with the last two as president. This will be my last message as president and I will be ending my time on the board as of July 1st. On that day, the board will begin anew and commence with planning the 2018-2019 season. There are now step-by-step protocols for each event in place which will create a springboard for the new board to hit the ground running. So, be ready to mark your calendars by late summer for the announcements of the next season of events!  

    I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to the board that I have worked with this year as you’ve all done an incredible amount of work to make events seamless for the members.  Each of you has brought new ideas to the table, and have been extremely generous with your time in learning new jobs, taking on new roles, and becoming more and more familiar with the details that are the San Diego Flute Guild. Cheryl, Farah, Lionel, Alina, Alan, Pam, Suzy, and Sierra: you are some of the most well organized and responsive and loving people I have been able to work with, and I appreciate each of you immensely.  

    Teachers: thank you for your tireless efforts and skill at producing the next generation of flutists!  Students, thank you for your endless time in the practice room, and for your eager hearts pouring through your performances during recitals and competitions; your hard work does not go unnoticed!  Flute enthusiasts: thank you for your continued participation, and love of the flute, and thank you for your display of camaraderie and support of one another in this community! To each of the members of the flute community, it has been a joy to watch the guild grow and flourish during these years, and I’m sure it will continue to expand in new and exciting ways in the future. Most importantly, I wish to thank all of you for helping to create something beautiful in this world, whether performing for an audience or just playing music for yourself. You are truly part of something special.

    Have a wonderful summer, and thank you again for all that you do to support the guild, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub

    SDFG President 

    LAST CALL: Board Election

    This week will be the final chance to vote for the San Diego Flute Guild 2018-19 Board. Vote either "Yes" or "No" since each member is running unopposed. Your vote helps our vision for the organization.


    Summer Flute Camp 2018

    This summer perform in a chamber group with friends, enjoy pool time, pet a baby goat, eat some s'mores, and more camp activities!

    We have a few spots open for registrants to this year's flute camp! We have extended the deadline to Sunday, June 10th. Hurry and register now! This will be the final extension, after this date no registrations will be accepted!

    Register Here

       Member Announcements

    Competition news:

    Gabriela Beltran, student of Dr. Elena Yarritu was awarded First Place in the MTAC State Final Competition. She will appear in a recital at the MTAC Convention at the Hyatt regency in Orange County in July.

    On Sunday, June 3, Carlos Aguilar, was awarded $10,000 as the first prize instrumentalist in the 2018 San Diego Musical Merit Foundation Competition. In 2017, he was the first flutist in the organization's 71 year history to win the grand prize, an award of $13,000 plus a full summer at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. The final competition round can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv941FWiIfw.

    Carlos studies with Dr. Elena Yarritu, Paula Robison, Claire Chase and Carol Wincenc.

  • Monday, May 07, 2018 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    May 2018 Newsletter

    Message from the President

    Dear San Diego, 

    Thank you so much to all who were a part of the spring festival!  We had a wonderful time, and are so pleased to announce the winners below!  Wilfrido Terazzas was incredible with the flute players - leading them through warm ups with colors and intense listening exercises, and also taking members through a sound painting exercise in the afternoon!  Carol Wincenc dazzled at the recital, and was an incredible teacher to the 4 masterclass participants! Renee Tresko did a fabulous job hosting the hospitality table, and Alan was the Master Organizer of the Exhibitors!  We appreciated the volunteers who came out in droves to make this a successful event, and run smoothly all day long!  The judges comments were fantastic, and the students!!!  Wow!  The students pulled out all the stops in competitions.  I know all of us teachers were very proud!  The Winners' Rectal was last weekend, and featured 16 festival winners. Thank you to Alina Freiman Steele for organizing the event, and to Cheryl Bretsnyder for assisting!

    We're looking forward to our last two events of the 2017-2018 season, so check them out and register below!

    Have a great end of the school year, and we'll chat again in June!

    All my best, 


    Project Trio

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    EVE Encinitas ~ Community Room
    575 S. Coast Hwy 101
    Encinitas, CA 92024

    (Pacific Coast Hwy 101 and E Street)

    PROJECT Trio is a Passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment!

    PROJECT Trio is a Musical Experience Not to be Missed!

    Tickets are available here $20, or pay cash at the door. 

    Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!


    Flute Camp

     June 27th - July 1st, 2018

    Green Oak Ranch

    1237 Green Oak Road

    Vista, CA 92081

    Featuring Guest Artist Seth Allyn Morris

    Come join us at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA for a 5 day/4 night flute camp. Daily Warm-Ups, Masterclasses, Musical Games, Educational Presentations, Craft Activities, Ensemble Rehearsals/Preparation for SDFG Summer Flute Camp Concert.

    Staff: Farah Zolghadr, Lionel Avila, Sierra Johnson, Alan Payne, Cheryl Bretsnyder

    Classes with: Alina Freiman, Maralyn Prestia, September Payne, Renee Tresko and Janelle Barrera 

    •Open to students Grade 5-12

    •Registration Deadline: May 15th

    •$400 Fee


    2018 Spring Festival

    It has been a pleasure seeing a lot of old and new faces at the 2018 Spring Festival. From the hard work leading up to the performances and every participant happily enjoying the festival, it was a huge success! Thank you all parents and teachers for supporting your students in their hours of practicing and rehearsing; thank you to all the exhibitors for traveling far and wide to come to San Diego; thank you to the adjudicators for your constructive input for all of our performers; and thank you to the volunteers who were prime assets to making this festival run smoothly. We are proud of the hard work that went into the festival from all aspects and we look forward to next year!

    Respectfully, your SDFG Board

    Festival Winners

    Below are the Gold Medal Winners from the Festival Divisions, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions from the Youth Artist and Specialty Divisions.  

     Congratulations to each of you!

    Elementary Division

    Yufei Wu

    Eshan Patibandla

    Anwika Gheyi

    Jonathan Guo

    Michelle Sun

    Eva Kurima

    Muping Wang

    Emily Cho

    6th Grade Division

    Heewon Chon


    7th Grade Division

    Ramona Terry-Lorenzo

    Megan Payne

    8th Grade Division

    Jenny Mar

    Bridgette Shroll

    Seyoung Na

    Emma Ward

    Hanna Zhang

    9th Grade Division

    Emily Schwank

    Annette Ramos

    Chloe Lee

    Kevin Park

    Sean Kim


    10th Grade Division

    Luke Cerda

    Sofia Gutierrez

    Darcy Kelley

    Sophia Zhao

    Emily Hood


    11th Grade Division

    Emila Cox

    Jennie Cao


    12th Grade Division

    Rebecca Huynh

    Katrina Meier


    College Division

    Tatum Faurot

    Wanzhen Zhou

    Anahita Pestonjamasp

    Piccolo Division

    1st Place - Jennia Cao

    2nd Place - Nithin Chilakapati

    3rd Place - Saqties Orozco-Pedroza

    Orchestral Division

    1st Place - Victor Martinez

    2nd Place - Isabella Jamois

    3rd Place - Hannah Bundrant

    Honorable Mention - Rebecca Huynh


    Young Artist Elementary

    1st Place - Carissa Koon

    2nd Place - Alexis Cai

    3rd Place - Min Wang

    Honorable Mention - Lakshanya Sankaran

    Honorable Mention - 


    Young Artist Junior

    1st Place - Erica Wang

    2nd Place - Joanne Lee

    3rd Place - Nithin Chilakapati

    Honorable Mention - Samantha Prestrelski


    Young Artist Senior

    1st Place - Isabelle Jamois

    2nd Place - Gabbriela Beltran

    3rd Place - Hannah Bundrant

    Honorable Mention - Jenny Choi

    Honorable Mention - Helen Zhu


    Young Artist Competition 

    1st Place - Hae Jee (Ashley) Cho

    2nd Place - Chi Ting

    3rd Place - Devan Jaquez

    Honorable Mention - Catherine Baker

    Check out photos here:

     Festival Page Facebook Page

    Thank you to Flutacious for providing the Raffle Prizes for the FUNdraiser!

    Congratulations to the winners of the prizes:

    Longest Note - Katrina Meier

    Loudest Note - Liliana Fiorini

    2 Gals / 1 Flute - Emilia Cox & Cheryl Bretsnyder

    Last Call for 2018-2019 Board Members

    It's your last chance to nominate someone to join the SDFG Board for the next term!  We have a few open positions, so please consider serving with a fantastic group of hardworking and dedicated individuals!  Being a part of the board is incredibly rewarding, and entails attending 3 in-person meetings and 3 online meetings per year; chairing events, or assisting at events; voting, and keeping up with email discussions. The more hands on deck, the less work it is for everyone! The open positions include:

    •1st Vice President 

    •Recording Secretary 


    The slate will be posted for membership voting in late May, and members will have 30 days to complete their online ballot.  Thank you in advance for your consideration!

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