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May 2018 Newsletter

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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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