With all of the rain, it has been a beautiful spring. I've never seen it so green, and with so many wildflowers! I hope each of you will get the chance to enjoy the weather, and the outdoors. The March Newsletter contains a few more details for spring festival, but if you need the full line up of festival details, please see the February Newsletter.
If you or your students are planning on entering any of the festival competitions, the first two weeks of March is a good time to make sure all memberships are active. Teachers of participating students are encouraged to become members as well. All competitors are required to become members, and can do so here. To check on memberships, please log in to check the status here, or as always, please feel free to email us at any time.
Once memberships are all current, then competition registration can begin. The deadline for registration is April 1st. All registration information must be accurate for students to be scheduled for competition. Please make sure you have all of the following information before beginning the registration process:
- Teacher's name and email
- Accompanist's name and email (there are no scheduling requests for pianists and they should be available all day)
- Competition Division(s)
- Composer / title of their selected pieces
If you are interested in performing for our amazing guest artist, Marianne Gedigian, you may apply as a member by April 1st. We will be awarding 4 outstanding flutists with the opportunity to perform, and more information can be found here.
Spring Festival Volunteers:
We are looking for student and parent volunteers for the festival. We need helpers with everything from manning the information booth, collating the awards and medals, room monitors, check in and registration table, runners, and more! All students will receive community service hours. Parents, if you're not sure what to do while your child attends the event, please consider helping out! If you or your friends, family, or neighbors may be interested in receiving the community service hours, please email us.
Spring Festival Advertising:
We are now collecting artwork for advertising in our spring festival program book. All ads will reach over 200 flutists and families who attend this event. Additionally, all ads will run on our website until September 1st, 2017. Proceeds from advertising go towards our Scholarship fund which assists student members with lessons, instrument purchases, and participation in events. All ads must be reserved by April 1st. For more information on advertising your business, please visit here.
Sponsor a Competition:
If you are willing and able, please consider sponsoring a competition. All sponsorship is considered a tax deductible donation, and recognition will be given on our website, on our face book page, and of course in our program booklet. For more information on sponsorship, please visit here.
Thank you so much to our guest artist and festival sponsors!
Exhibit at our Festival:
There are still a few more spaces left for exhibitors for the festival. Space is limited, and is granted first come first served. If you are interested in exhibiting, please visit here.
Current exhibitors include:
Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat:There are only a small number of summer camp spaces available this year, so please consider registering early. Space is already filling up, and the deadline to register is May 15th. Guest Artist Sarah Jackson will be working with students, and holding a special flute day as well. For more information, and to register, please visit here.
Member News and Events:A huge congratulations to our board member Erica Peel for being appointed as the new solo piccolo player of the Philadelphia Orchestra. We are all so proud of you, and wish you the best of luck in this amazing new experience. While we will miss you terribly, we are thrilled with your success, and know that Philly is gaining a truly remarkable friend and musician. Well done Erica!
SDFG Member Pamela Vliek Martchev is hosting a flute recital and Masterclass with Seth Allyn Morris on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM in Smith Recital Hall at San Diego State University. Dr. Morris will be performing works by Mozart, Bach, Blavet, Paganini and Boehm with pianist Karen Follingstad. This event is generously sponsored by SDSU and WM. S. Haynes Flutes.
SDFG Member Janelle Barrera is hosting the Southern California Flute Day 2017: Co-Sponsored by the Los Angeles Flute Guild and the Orange County School of the Arts. Featuring guest artists, Elise Shope Henry, Second Flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Erica Peel, Solo Piccolo of the San Diego Symphony, and Janelle Barrera, Flute Instructor at the Orange County School of the Arts. Masterclasses, Flute Choir Reading Session, and Recital featuring guest artists! Flutacious, the West Coast Flute and Specialty Shop, will also be on display! www.lafluteguild.com.
As always, if you are a member of SDFG, please feel free to submit your news and events for publication in our monthly newsletters. Newsletters go out within the first week of every month. You can simply email us at any time to submit.