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February 2017 Newsletter - Spring Festival Edition

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:28 PM | Anonymous

February 2017 Newsletter

Spring Festival Edition

Dear Flutists,

The biggest event that the San Diego Flute Guild hosts each year is the Spring Festival.  We are looking forward to sharing our many flute events with you including a masterclass and recital by our special guest artist Marianne Gedigian, the Laguna Flutes ensemble led by Cynthia Ellis, and the Young Artist Competition Winners' Recital.  This email is filled with tips and tricks to help you get registered correctly, and will keep you informed about the changes to the 2017 festival.  All of the festival web pages contain valuable information so please click on the links provided to familiarize yourself with the event.  And as always, don't hesitate to email with any questions you may have. 

All best, 
Kate Prestia-Schaub
SDFG President and Festival Chair   

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Point Loma Nazarene University

For many years, we've held our festival at San Diego State University, but this year, we are thankful to Point Loma Nazarene University for opening up their incredibly beautiful campus to us this April.  Some of the many benefits of PLNU include free parking, onsite dining, the welcoming Cooper Music Building (including Crill Hall), and the stunning ocean views! 

Featured Guest Artist ~ Marianne Gedigian

We are thankful to have two generous Guest Artist Sponsors this year: 
Flute FX and Wm S. Haynes Flutes.  Be sure to visit their websites!

Festival Passes:

If you are planning on attending the festival events, you can purchase your day pass in advance, or upon arrival. Events will include a warm up session (flute choir style with Cynthia Ellis), the Young Artist Competition Winners' Recital, FUNdraisers, a Flute Choir performance by Laguna Flutes, fantastic exhibitors, raffles, and of course the highly anticipated masterclass and recital featuring Marianne Gedigian.  
$35 - Non-Members
$25 - SDFG Members
$15 - Guest Artist Recital Only
$10 - Exhibit Hall Only

Exhibit Hall:

The Exhibits will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, and will feature some incredible flutes, piccolos, and of course your favorite flute accessories.  Check out their websites by clicking on the images below.

2017 Exhibitors


Young Artist Competition:

Recorded Round Deadline: Sunday, February 26th
Live Final Round: Saturday, April 29th
Winners’ Recital: Sunday, April 30th 

YAC Tips:
#1.  The recorded round deadline is coming right up!  If you are competing in our Young Artist Competition, please make sure your membership is active, your registration is complete, and your recordings are emailed on time.  

#2.  When you register, please be sure to include a 300 character bio (not 300 words) in you membership profile.  If selected as a finalist your bio will be used in the program book. If you have already registered, and you would like to double check the length of your bio, you can do that at any time by logging into the website, and viewing your member profile. Biographies longer than 300 words will be cut and edited accordingly.

Festival Masterclass:

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1st
Masterclass Date: Sunday, April 30th

Each year during the Spring Festival, 4 flutists are chosen to perform for our featured guest artist. Applicants may perform flute or piccolo solos, with or without piano, and any orchestral excerpt.  We look forward to receiving your applications!

Masterclass Application Tips:
#1. Priority is given to those who have not performed at a festival in previous years.

#2.  Students should have their current teacher submit an emailed recommendation telling us a little bit about the applicant to assist in our decision. 

#3.  Shortly after the application deadline, the board will review each of the applicants, and select 4 performers and an alternate. Selected performers will have a week to complete payment and confirm that they will be participating before their request is given to the alternate. 


Competition Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 1st
Festival Divisions, Youth Artist Divisions, and Specialty Divisions: 
Sunday April 30th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Competition Registration Tips:

#1.  You will need to be logged into our website, and your membership will need to be active in order to register for any SDFG competition.  You may check your membership status at any time by logging into the website and clicking on your Member Profile.

#2.  Participants may not enter both a Youth Artist division and a Festival division.  However, participants mayenter a Festival Division OR Youth Artist, and also any/all of the available Specialty Divisions (Orchestral and Piccolo division(s)).

#3.  A live pianist is required for all pieces with written accompaniment or piano reductions except for the Orchestral Audition Division.  The Orchestral division should not include a pianist for the required concerto. For festival divisions and the piccolo division, Smart Music, or other pre-recorded accompaniment may be used only upon special request. (Email us with your specific request).

#4.  Be sure to check the time limits on your chosen competition division on the competition page before your choose your repertoire. For most divisions, we request that competitors not take repeats.

#5.  The specialty divisions with no age limits (Orchestral and Piccolo) are 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.

#6. Teachers do not register and pay for their students as they have done in the past. Instead, students register themselves, and can pay directly through PayPal. 

#7.  Please note that there are no scheduling requests, students and pianists should be available between 8 am and 4 pm on Sunday, April 30th.

#8. Please be sure that you're filling out the registration form accurately and completely. (For example, if you are registering for a Youth Artist Division, please make sure you are entering the repertoire in the Youth Artist repertoire fields, rather than the Festival Division or Specialty Division repertoire fields). Please explore the competition page for all of the guidelines and to become familiar with each competition division so that you are sure to register for the correct competition.  
You will need the following required information before registration: 
  • Teacher name and email
  • Accompanist name and email 
  • Competition Division(s)
  • Repertoire title (including movement name & movement number)
  • Composer name (first initial and last name)
  • You'll need to let us know whether or not you intend to perform on the winners' recital on May 13th (See tip #9 below)

#9.  The Flute Guild will host a Winners' Recital on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 pm at the Coronado Public Library.  If you are chosen as a gold medalist in a festival division, or prizewinner in the Youth Artist or Specialty Divisions, you are eligible to perform in the winners' recital.   Before you register, please check your calendars, and check with your pianists to see if you are available to participate, and then state your intention to perform, or not to perform on your registration form.  By checking the intent to perform box on your registration, you will automatically be added to the program if you are a winner. 

#10. Register early - Although the deadline is April1st for most competitions, we are recommending that you don't wait until the last minute to register.  Late and incomplete registrations are subject to a late fee. 

Call for Volunteers:

We could use room monitors, help with the info booth, photographers, runners, warm-up room helpers, help at the registration table, and much more!  If you are interested in helping out, please email us, and let us know if you are available to help out.  High School students are eligible for community service hours.



Member News:

Del Mar Flute Ensemble Class

Spring Semester (16 weeks) 

Begins February 8 through March 29
(spring break 4/5)  April 12 through May 31st
6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday

Performance:  June 3rd

Conductor: Rosalind Richards 760-497-2088

Fee:  $300

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San Diego, CA 92121 USA

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