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April 2017 Newsletter

Sunday, April 16, 2017 11:22 PM | Anonymous

Dear Flutists, 

The Spring Festival is now just two weeks away, and we are so excited to share a few details with you!  The competition registration is now closed, and all competition times have been sent to teachers to distribute to students.  Pre-registration will remain open until Friday, April 28th, and you can always purchase your festival pass at the event. If you're busy during the day, you can also purchase a ticket on site for the final Guest Artist recital with Marianne Gedigian.  

This year, parking is free, and lunch is available in the dining hall, next door to the music building on campus at PLNU.

We are still looking for 5 more volunteers to help out during the day - please email sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com if you can spare a few hours!

We're also including information on our summer flute retreat in this newsletter.  Sarah Jackson will be our featured artist at summer camp this year.  There are only 14 spaces remaining.  Since it is first come first served, we recommend you register early.  If you can't attend the full camp, but want to spend a day hearing a masterclass and recital with Sarah Jackson, you may do so here.  

We look forward to seeing you all at the end of the month, and again in the summer for camp!

Flute Festival Events Schedule

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Point Loma Nazerine University

7:30 am Cooper Lobby ~ Registration Desk Opens

8:00 am Various Rooms ~ Competitions Begin

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Band Room ~ Vendors and Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:15 am Crill Hall ~ Morning Warm Up with Cynthia Ellis

11:00 - 11:45 am Crill Hall ~ Recital Featuring the Winners of the Young Artist Competition

12:00 - 1:00 pm Nicholson Commons Lunch Hour

12:00 - 12:45 pm Crill Hall Lobby ~ FUNdraisers!

1:00 - 2:30 pm Crill Hall ~ Guest Artist Masterclass

3:00 - 3:45 pm Crill Hall ~ Laguna Flutes in Recital 

4:00 - 5:00 pm Crill Hall ~ Guest Artist Recital 

5:00 - 5:30 pm Rhapsody Hall ~ Awards Ceremony

Pre-Register for a festival Day Pass

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

Young Artist Competition Sponsor Youth Artist Senior Sponsor

Youth Artist Junior Sponsor

Youth Artist Senior Sponsor

2017 Guest Artist Sponsors:

Masterclass with Marianne Gedigian

1:00 to 2:30 PM ~ Crill Hall

  • 1:00 ~ Danielle Guilmette ~ Serenade by H. Hanson
  • 1:20 ~ Skyler Williams ~ Suite, I. Moderato by C. M. Widor
  • 1:40 ~ Michelle Grace Liu ~ Poem by C. Griffes
  • 2:00 ~ Sierra Johnson ~ Concerto, I. Moderato by L. Liebermann

Guest Artist Recital  

Marianne Gedigian, flute; Colette Valentine, piano
4:00 to 5:00 PM ~ Crill Hall

Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

 Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Walter Gieseking

Concertino, Op. 107 by Cécile Chaminade

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Samuel Zyman

Thank you to Haynes flutes and Flute FX for generously sponsoring our artists Marianne Gedigian and Colette Valentine

Marianne Gedigian

Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List . In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.

Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.

Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.

Colette Valentine

Pianist Colette Valentine, one of the most active professional collaborative pianists in the United States, joined the faculty of the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music in the fall of 2008. She completed her DMA in Piano Performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish after earning her BM and MM degrees from the University of Maryland where she studied with Nelita True. From 2000-2008 she was on faculty at Long Island University, C.W. She was also a faculty member at New Jersey City University from 1996-2008. In the summers, she joins other professional colleagues as a coach at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp in Michigan.

Morning Warm Up

Featuring Cynthia Ellis
8:30 to 9:15 AM ~ Crill Hall

Bring your flutes and prepare for a ‘whole body’ warm up.

~ Fingers to toes, flutes included! ~

The end of this warm up will include a brief flute choir reading session.

Laguna Flutes in Recital

3:00 to 3:45 PM ~ Crill Hall

Beckett’s Whisper by Ron Korb

Beyond the Night Sky by Peter Senchuk

Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod, arr. Kristen Smith Stoner

Cynthia Ellis

Cynthia Ellis is the solo piccolo player for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and also served as Principal Flute for the Opera Pacific Orchestra from 1995 until the company closed in 2009.

She is a member of the Pedagogy Committee for the National Flute Association and served as Program Chair for the NFA's annual convention in Anaheim, CA in 2010. She has taught on the music faculty at the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, Biola College, and CSU Fullerton. She currently teaches applied music at Saddleback College and Hope International University and serves as music director for Laguna Flutes, a 25-member flute ensemble, through the Emeritus program at Irvine Valley College.  Piccolo is a specialty for Cindy: she writes the "Let's Talk Picc' column for Flute Talk Magazine and served as an artist in residence at the International Piccolo Symposium in July, 2013, held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Cynthia has recorded for television, motion picture and cartoon soundtracks as well as commercially released chamber music recordings. 'Beyond Beethoven", with the award winning Les Amis Musicalles trio, was released on the Centaur label, and Jeremy Beck’s  Flute Sonata is recorded on the CD "Never Final, Never Gone, on the Innova label. This sonata is also dedicated to her.

Cynthia shares her home with Pacific Symphony trumpet player Tony Ellis and their three Labrador retrievers. Cindy enjoys fitness and is an active yoga enthusiast. She volunteers for Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue and also enjoys cooking and reading in her leisure moments.  For more, feel free to visit her website: www.CindyEllisFlute.com.

Young Artist Winners’ Recital

11:00 to 11:45 AM ~ Crill Hall

The San Diego Flute Guild’s highly esteemed Young Artist Competition features the nations top artists aged 18 to 30. The preliminary recorded round took place in February 2017, and six finalists were selected to perform the live at the final round on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prize Winners will perform one work from the compulsory competition repertoire listed below, and was selected by the final round adjudication panel. Congratulations to this fantastic group of flutists! Finalists will be announced on Sunday in the program. Works to be performed will be from the following list:

Sonata in A Minor for Flute Solo, I. Poco adagio and II. Allegro by C. P. E. Bach

Trois pièces pour flute, III. Toan-Yan “La fête du Double-Cinq” by P. O. Ferroud

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Samuel Adler

Sonata (Three Lakes) by Daniel Dorff

Sonata No. 2 by Eric Ewazen


12:00 to 12:45 PM ~ Crill Hall Lobby

Do you have what it takes?

Take a deep breath and enter the FLUTE FUNdraiser! This contest tests your skills and raises funds for a worthy cause. Enter to compete in one or more of four different contests. Entry tickets are only $2. Each winner will receive an awesome prize. All funds collected will benefit the SDFG Scholarship Fund. There is ONE PRIZE for each division.

Bring Your Flute!

Longest Note: A note will be selected at the contest. Contestants will compete in groups of 5 until the final round. Stop sounding and you are out! No circular breathing! Can you make it to the finals? Do you have the lungs to go all the way?

Loudest Note: The note will be selected at the contest. How loud can you go?!? We will have the decibel meters on hand to see. Blow us away!

Beat the Pro: Do you have what it takes to beat a Pro? Professionals will be on hand to test your skills. Can you outlast them in a longest note competition? You never know, you could beat a Pro!

Two Guys One Flute: Guys or gals are okay for this test of skill. Bring your own music. Can you and a friend play it on one flute? One will blow while the other manages the keys. The best performance wins. By the way, laughing while performing is considered poor form.

This FUNdraiser is Generously sponsored by:


Purchasing a raffle ticket will help build the San Diego Flute Guild’s Scholarship Fund! A limited number of scholarships are available for members for lessons, assistance for payments for SDFG Events, or in certain cases towards the purchase of a new instrument. Tickets can be purchased at the info booth for $1 per ticket, 20 tickets for $15, and 30 tickets for $20. Drop your ticket into the basket for the raffle you’d like a chance at winning, and prizes to be given away at the awards ceremony at 5:00 pm in Crill Hall after the final recital.

Visit Our Exhibitors 

 Between 8 am and 4 pm ~ Band Room





Parking Information

Dining Information

Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat

June 20 – 25, 2017
With Guest Artist Sarah Jackson

Guest Artist Information:

June 23rd (Friday)

Sarah Jackson will offer classes and presentations for 28 campers. Students wishing to perform for Sarah Jackson on Friday, June 23rd, should bring a prepared piece to camp.  There will be an audition held on Wednesday, June 21st, at which five students will be selected to perform.  Selection will be based on preparation, and will represent differing levels.

June 24th (Saturday) - Guest Artist Day

Ms. Jackson will offer classes and presentations for campers and Guest Artist Day attendees during the day and a concert in the evening featuring solos works from the flute and piccolo repertoire and ensemble pieces performed with the Camp Coordinators/Staff.

Camp Staff:

Full-time overnight and day staff will include Camp Coordinators/Staff: Erica Peel, Ruth Washington-Mayhew, and Cindy Broz. Special guests include Kate Prestia-Schaub as well as 2 college aged Camp Staff Assistants. Staff to Camper ratio: 1/5

Planned Activities:

Daily Warm-Ups, Daily Masterclasses, Musical Games, Educational Presentations, Craft Activities, Ensemble Rehearsals/Preparation for SDFG Summer Flute Camp Concert.


  • Open to students Grade 5 thru Grade 12.
  • Students do not need to be members of San Diego Flute Guild.
  • There are only 28 spaces available, so be sure to register early as space is first come first served, and are filling up fast.
  • A waiting list will be opened once these 28 spots are filled.

Registration Information:

  • Registration for The Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat must be received by May 15th, 2017.
  • Campers may secure a spot with a down payment of $100 prior to the registration deadline, but payment in full must be received by May 15th, 2017.
  • All payments are non- refundable.

    Come Join us at the Lodge on Palomar Mountain for a 6 day / 5 night flute retreat!

Camp Registration

Guest Artist Day Pass

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