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November 2017 Newsletter

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November Newsletter

November 7, 2017

Dear Flutists,

We had a fantastic membership meeting and Fall Members' Recital last weekend.  Thank you so much to all who participated!  Be sure to check out some photos of the event on our Facebook page, and website!  

Read on to check out the exciting announcement of or 2018 festival guest artist, and incredible additions to the prizes for the 2018 young artist competition. In addition, there are a number of upcoming events with registrations due very soon, so please check your calendar and register early so you don't miss out on any of our event performance and participation opportunities!  

As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, please allow me to express my personal thanks to all the members of the flute guild for your participation in our events, for sharing your time with us, and for keeping the love of the flute alive and well in our community!  

I look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events, and have a wonderful November!

With much appreciation, 
Kate Prestia-Schaub
SDFG President

Annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert

Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1500 W. Juniper St.
Escondido, CA 92025

Dear Beloved SDFG Members,

Can you believe it's already November? Holiday Time! We have a wonderful tradition here at the Guild, of doing a Holiday Concert very early in the Christmas Season, so as not to interfere with other activities. Because the Holidays is all about getting together with friends and family, and caroling - we would love ALL our membership to participate in a flute choir to enjoy together the music of the season. 

SDFG Sponsored Choirs:
Don't know of a flute choir to participate in? Come join ours! Just 4 rehearsals - not a huge time commitment, but a true highlight of the year. We're just sayin'!

This year we have added two rehearsal locations, so that travel distance isn't as much of an issue. Both locations will practice the same music and then come together to the dress rehearsal as one choir.

Rehearsals have already begun and will continue on Fridays in South Escondido, and Sundays for South County Folks. Registration is quick and easy online (no cost), but if you don't have time to do that, no worries, just show up! (We will have you fill out a form at rehearsal...)

North Rehearsals:
at the home of Renee Tresko
Fridays: Nov. 3, 10, 17
Intermediate: 6:15-7:30 pm
Advanced: 7:30-8:45 pm

South Rehearsals:
at the home of Suzy Farber
Sundays: Nov. 5, 12, 19
Intermediate: 6:15-7:30 pm
Advanced: 7:30-8:45 pm

You will need to register online to receive location information and a special Gate Code for the South Rehearsals.  Please complete your online registration form by November 9th.

Teacher Choir
Speaking of Great Times, we need YOU to participate in our Teacher Choir to perform at the Holiday Concert! We're only planning on just two rehearsals - Saturday evenings, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 at Renee's house. Well - they won't be your typical "rehearsal", but instead be a time where we can socialize and connect over hors d'oeuvre and wine or other refreshments. And what a great example to our adult and student membership when teachers can come together in camaraderie and excellence in musicianship! So come on out and join us! It would be nice to know how many to plan for, so if you could let us know no later than Nov. 10 whether you plan on coming, that would be great!

Privately Organized Flute Choirs:
If you have a group of students - even duets and trios, who would like to perform, please register them as a group (no later than Nov. 19, please).

Register here to participate in any choir!

Suzy and I hope to see many of you this weekend! Don't know anyone, you say? That's the POINT! - Come and get to know someone new who shares your same passion for flute!

Kind Regards,

Renee Tresko and Suzy Farber
Holiday Concert Chairs

SDFG's Annual Chamber Fest!

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Oak Valley Middle School
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Registration Fee: $17

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, without piano.

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 flutists must be 2017-18 members of SDFG to participate. Other instrumentalists do not have to be members. Please log in to check your membership status and register.

Young Artist Competition

Preliminary Recordings Due and Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Live Final Round in San Diego: Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Our esteemed Young Artist Competition is a showcase of the best flutists who are emerging artists in the US and abroad. The San Diego (SDFG) Young Artist Competition is open to flutists ages 18-30.  Six entrants and two alternates will be chosen from the Preliminary Recorded Round to compete as finalists. 

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.


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

PLUS new this year!  We're sweetening the pot by adding 2 full-tuition scholarships and 2 partial tuition scholarships for the top 4 participants to the CSU Summer Arts program "The Complete 21st Century Flutist at CSU Summer Arts" with amazing guest artists such as Carol Wincenc, Marianne Gedigian, Steve Kujala, Nicola Mazzanti, Ian Clarke, John Barcellona and Rena Urso!  This arrangement has been generously offered and secured by CSU Summer Arts and Rena Urso.  More details on this completely amazing addition to the prizes will be forthcoming.

For repertoire requirements and other additional information, click here!

This competition is partially sponsored by:

Announcing our 2018 Spring Festival 

Guest Artist: Carol Wincenc

Hailed "Queen of the Flute" (New York Magazine) at the outset of her, now, brilliant 48 year career, flutist CAROL WINCENC was First Prize Winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. During the past two seasons, she performed, recorded and gave masterclasses as an exclusive Burkart Flutes Artist in Beijing, Shenyang, Seoul, Warsaw, Prague, Venice, Nice, and Thessoloniki. In North America, she performed as soloist and chamber musician from coast to coast, including Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Edmonton, Banff, Iowa City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tucson, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Philadelphia, Boston and her home city, New York. Recently she recorded an all Uebayashi album with the award-winning Escher String Quartet, and video/audios in partnership with her collaborator/pianist Bryan Wagorn of the Metropolitan Opera. Most recently she and Mr. Wagorn performed to a sold-out house at Weill Carnegie Hall for the "Naumburg Looks Back" series.

Delighting audiences for over four decades with her signature charismatic, high virtuosity and deeply heartfelt musicality, she has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, the latter for which she was Principal and Solo Flute from 1972-77. She has performed in countless festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Music at Menlo, Aspen, Yale/Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff, and Marlboro. The muse of today's most prominent composers, Ms. Wincenc has premiered numerous works written for her by legends Christopher Rouse, Henryk Gorecki, Lukas Foss, Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfeld, Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi, Thea Musgrave, Andrea Clearfield, Shi-Hui Chen and Joan Tower. In great demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Emerson, Tokyo, Guarnieri, Cleveland, Juilliard, and Escher String Quartets, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.

A Grammy nominee, she has recorded for Nonesuch, London/Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc (Diapason D'Or Award), Music Masters (Recording of Special Merit with Andras Schiff) and Naxos (Grammophone Magazine "Pick of the Month with Buffalo Philharmonic). Ms. Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring such diverse artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Steven Kujala and the American Indian flutist, R. Carlos Nakai. She had the privilege of working directly with legendary music luminaries Aaron Copland, Olivier Messaien, Rudolf Serkin, Joshua Bell, Christophe Eschenbach, Loren Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philip Glass, Andre Previn, Paul Simon and Judy Collins, to name a few!

She is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amies with New York Philharmonic principals Nancy Allen, harpist and Cynthia Phelps, violist. Ms. Wincenc continues more than a quarter of a century on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University having mentored and graduated countless rising, flute stars commanding principal flute positions in major symphony orchestras and university professorships. She is renowned for her popular series of etudes and flute classics, the "Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute" published by Lauren Keiser/Hal Leonard Music Publishers (available on 'Amazon'). A longtime resident of New York City, she resides with her singer/songwriter son, Nicola Wincenc (Cavernsband.com). Carol Wincenc is a native of Buffalo, NY, and was raised in a deeply active, musical family, along with her two older sisters, and under the mentorship of her violinist father and symphony conductor, Dr. Joseph Wincenc, and pianist mother, Margaret Wincenc. Having concertized on five continents, Ms. Wincenc loves nothing more than "giving back" with her music-making to communities worldwide.

Festival Volunteers

Every year at our Spring Festival, we have volunteering opportunities for you all that would love to get involved to help have our festival run smoothly! Volunteering duties could include: door monitoring, score running, page-turning, photographing, and much more! If you would like to receive community service hours and are available during our Spring Festival, we need your help!

If you want to get involved, click here!

Festival Sponsorship

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. We are looking forward to a wonderful event and would love to have you part of it!

Deadlines for the 2018 Spring Festival are as follows:

  • Submit your Festival Program Ad by April 1st, 2018.
  • Register as an exhibitor by March 25thhere.
  • Sponsor a competition by April 1st, 2018.
Any questions? Call or email Alan Payne (760-525-9119).

Guest Artist Sponsor:

 Location Sponsor:
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Young Artist Sponsor:
Youth Artist High School Sponsor:
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Youth Artist High School Sponsor:

Youth Artist Elementary Sponsor:
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For Sale: Goosman Silver Headjoint

Cheryl Bretsnyder (SDFG Immediate Past President) is selling a Goosman Silver Headjoint! If you would are interested and would like to make an offer, contact Cheryl via email.

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