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December 2018 SDFG Newsletter

Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:23 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

December Newsletter

December 9th, 2018

Message from the President

The holiday season is upon us! I wish everyone fun and festive time with family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our 2018 Winona Grant Holiday Concert coming up on December 16th. Although registration for participants is closed, all are welcome to attend and get in the holiday spirit! 

The board is hard at work crafting our other events this season, including Chamber Fest (January 13th), Summer Camp (June 26-30) and the Spring Festival! I am especially excited to announce our 2019 Spring Festival Guest Artist, Leone Buyse! Ms. Buyse is one of the country's premier flutists and educators, so I am thrilled that she will be joining us. Please check out our website for full details on our Spring Festival (and of course, more to come)! 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of the Guild - we couldn't do what we do without all of you! 

Farah Zolghadr, President

Spring Festival Guest Artist -- Leone Buyse

Flutist Leone Buyse relinquished her principal positions with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops in 1993 to pursue a more active solo and teaching career after 22 years as an orchestral musician.  A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with those orchestras and also with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónia Nacional (Mexico City) and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.  She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma.

The only American prizewinner in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.  She has performed and taught at numerous major North American festivals, including Aspen, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, Norfolk, and Domaine Forget (Quebec). Her solo recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany, and C.R.I. labels.

Ms. Buyse is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has also taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.  Her former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras. Also an accomplished pianist, Ms. Buyse served for two years as a collaborative pianist at Jean-Pierre Rampal's summer master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide at the 38th annual convention in Anaheim, California in August 2010. She maintains a web presence atwww.leonebuyse.com.

Holiday Flute Choir Concert

Sunday, December 16th (4:00pm)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

1500 S. Juniper St.

Escondido, CA 92025

Join us and get in the holiday spirit at the Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert. Members of the flute community have rehearsed for this concert and join them in giving back to the community for a beautiful evening of flute music. No online reservations are necessary, bring other guests and holiday cheers.

SDFG's Annual Chamber Fest!

Date: January 13th, 2019 at 2:00pm

Location: San Marcos High School

Registration Deadline December 17th, 2018

Registration Fee: $15.00

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.


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 flutist must be 2018-19 members of SDFG to participate. Other instrumentalists do not have to members. Please log in to check your membership status and register.

Full details about this event can be found here

Breath - The Essence of Tone by Dr. September Payne

Dr. September Payne wrote this article discussing the importance of regulating airflow. As wind players it is important for us to know how to use our air. 

For your benefit, take some time to read:

Breath - The Essence of Tone

Morning Warm Up and Flute Choir Proposals Now Being Accepted

We are currently accepting proposals for our Morning Warm-Up Artist at our annual Spring Festival. Priority will be given to those who have not presented a class for our festival in recent years.

  • We are looking for a 45-50 minute warm-up that encourages audience participation and helps to set the tone for the day's activities.

    Proposals should include a high-res photo, presenter biography, any handouts that will need to be printed, and a short description of the warm-up for our program. The presenter will be paid $100 for the session.

We are currently accepting proposals for a flute choir to perform at our annual Spring Festival! Priority will be given to those who have not performed at our festival in recent years. We are looking for a 45-50 minute program of varied works from a high-level flute choir (all ages welcome) with performing experience.

  • Proposals should include a biography of the group, program repertoire as it should appear in the festival program, and a high res photo of your group, and of your director. The selected choir will be notified in February if it is chosen for the festival. All members of the flute choir must be members of the SDFG. There is a $10 discounted fee to attend the festival for participating flute choir members.

Proposals for the warm up artist and flute choir must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2019.

Full details and submission information can be found here

Call For Exhibitors and Sponsors

We are looking for business members to exhibit at the Spring Festival Exhibit Hall. Business members will be able to promote and sell merchandise to all of the festival-goers on that day.

We are also looking for sponsors for our divisions (full listing here). Sponsorships are crucial to the success of our Spring Festival divisions with cash prizes. Sponsors will be featured on our website and Spring Festival program.

If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Alan Payne at alan@upperoctave.com or the San Diego Flute Guild

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