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  • 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

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 10:52 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    The weather is turning colder, which is a welcome respite from the hot summer months! 

    I was so excited to see many of you at our Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital! We had a wonderful mix of performers who all did a great job. Special thanks to SDFG board members Alina Steele and Lionel Avila for organizing our first event of the season. 

    Next up, we have our Holiday Concert (more details below!), Chamber Fest, and Spring Festival. Make sure to save the date for these events and pay close attention to upcoming registration deadlines! 

    With Thanksgiving coming up, I hope you will all join me in thanking this wonderful SDFG Board for working hard on our events this season and all of you for your support in creating a wonderful flute community in our area! Let's all reflect on this past year and move into the holiday season with a grateful spirit. 

    Farah Zolghadr, President

    Winona Grant Holiday Concert

    Date: December 16, 2018

    Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Escondido, CA)

    Time: 4:00 pm

    The San Diego Flute Guild is happy to host the annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Concert, with student flute choirs sponsored by SDFG. It is open to any and all flutists and flute choirs... the more the merrier! We welcome friends, family and flute lovers to attend the concert and help us celebrate the holiday season! It is free to attend the concert (free-will donations welcome).

    Registration Deadlines (link to register below)

    SDFG Student Choir: Extended to November 17th

    SDFG Teachers' Choir and pre-formed choirs: November 18th

    2018 Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    2019 Chamber Fest

    Date: January 13, 2019

    Location: San Marcos High School (San Marcos, CA)

    Time: 2:00 pm

    SDFG Chamber Fest combines flute and/or mixed ensembles in a festival where students play in a recital setting and are adjudicated by professional flutists. Each ensemble should be 2 or more flutes, or mixed instrumentation (no piano). The divisions available are:

    Elementary – through 6th Grade
    Junior – through 9th Grade
    Senior – through 12th Grade
    Adult – non-professional adults

    Registrations are due for Chamber Fest on December 17th. More details can be found at the link below. 

    2019 Chamber Fest

    Save the Date! 2019 Young Artist Competition

    The San Diego Flute Guild is excited to announce the dates for the 2019 Young Artist Competition! This competition brings talented flutists from around the country to the San Diego area for the live final round of the competition. Registration is now open! 

    Recorded Round Deadline: February 1, 2019

    Live Final Round: April 13, 2019 

    Save The Date! 2019 Spring Festival

    We are also excited to announce the date for our 2019 Spring Festival: April 14, 2019! This year, our festival will be held at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Many more details to come, including the announcement of our guest artist! Registration is now open for our student competitions and for the event itself. 

    2019 Spring Flute Festival

    Congratulations Local Flutists!

    Elisha Tan, a resident of Poway, student of Dr. September Payne and SDFG student member recently was awarded Honorable Mention (Division B) of Classics Alive Artists, Young Artist Competition held on the UCLA campus September 22. She has been a finalist in LA Classics and solo recitalist, for 4 years. 

    Michelle Liu, a resident of 4 S Ranch, and a student of Dr. September Payne, has been accepted as 1 of 4 freshmen from across the nation to attend New England Conservatory of Music.

    Submitted by Dr. September Payne

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 8:11 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    October Newsletter

    Monday, October 8th, 2018

    Message from the President

    I can't believe it, but fall is almost here! Your SDFG board has been hard at work crafting events for the coming year. First up is our Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital on November 4th (read below for details!). We're also working hard on our Holiday Concert, Chamber Fest, and Spring Festival! We have some exciting changes this year to our events and we look forward to having you all there! 

    I look forward to meeting many of you at our events this year! Please don't hesitate to email me if you have thoughts about any of our scheduled events or ideas for new ones.  

    Farah Zolghadr, President 

    Annual Meeting of the Members

    Date: November 4th, 2018

    Location: Carmel Valley Library Branch

    Time: 1:00 pm

    We have an exciting year in store for the San Diego Flute Guild! You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Members and Fall Members' Recital at Carmel Valley Library. We will reflect on last year's events and announce this upcoming year's events and new opportunities. Meet the board members, meet fellow guild members, perform at the recital, and enjoy some refreshments. 

    This meeting is FREE to attend and is open to both members and non-members, so please invite friends, family, and those who would be interested in the San Diego Flute Guild!

    Immediately following the meeting will be the Fall Member's Recital. Plan to stay, play, and support your fellow flutists! 

    Membership Recital Registration

    Take advantage of your Membership Benefit with the San Diego Flute Guild! We are currently looking for performers to be on the Fall Members' Recital that will follow the Annual Meeting of the Members, starting at 2:00pm on November 4th at Carmel Valley Library

    Pianist, Katherine Dvoskin, is provided at no cost to participants: a new membership benefit for this year. Performers are welcome to provide their own pianist if they prefer.

    The Fall Members' Recital will be recorded (audio only) and recordings will be made available a couple weeks after the recital.

    If you would like to be a performer, please register here by October 28th, 2018. Groups and solo performances are welcome, but spots are limited. At least one member in each performance MUST be an SDFG member.


    Did you know that SDFG members can apply for scholarships on our website? Scholarships are given to deserving applicants in the Southern California region. We are currently updating our scholarship process to include separate application forms for the student and their respective instructor. Scholarships can be used for membership fees, recital and performance fees, instrumental needs, and anything else that helps further your development in your flute career. 

    Restrictions do apply. To find out more about this benefit, visit our Scholarship Page for more details. 

    If you would like to donate to our Scholarship Fund, please visit the Donation Page of our website. 

    SDFG Membership Renewal

    The 2018-19 Season for the San Diego Flute Guild is now in swing. Don't forget to renew your membership! As a reminder, your SDFG membership provides: 

    • Monthly Newsletter and Updates
    • Member-Exclusive Performance and Opportunities
    • Provided pianists and audio recording of performances and events
    • Reduced costs and fees for SDFG events
    • Teacher and Pianist directories
    • Scholarship Fund

    ...and much more! 

    To renew your Membership, please visit our page HERE

    Save The Date: Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Date: December 16th, 2018

    The Annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert is scheduled for December 16th, 2018. Please plan to join other members throughout San Diego for this big event! Get your flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, and piccolos and perform holiday tunes! More details coming soon!  

    Avanti Flute Choir is accepting new members

    Avanti is a performing flute choir composed of amateur through professional musicians. We rehearse weekly and perform in an annual concert series. We are accepting new members for our fall semester.

    Fall Semester 

    September through early January

    Rehearsals are every Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm near Balboa Park

    Winter concert January 12th at 3:00pm

    Tuition is $50 per month

    www.AvantiFluteChoir.org or email Avantiflutechoir@gmail.com  

    Director: Dr. Julia Barnett 619-402-5073


    666 Upas St.

    San Diego, CA 92103

    All ages

    Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

    Congratulations Gabriela Beltran!

    Gabriela Beltran, a resident of Carlsbad, student of Dr. Elena Yarritu, and SDFG student member recently was awarded first Place (Division B) of Classics Alive Artists, Young Artist Competition held on the UCLA campus September 22.

    Submitted by Dr. Elena Yarritu

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 8:16 AM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    August Newsletter

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 

    Welcome Our New Director: Julia Barnett

    Dr. Julia Barnett has been appointed Director for the SDFG 2018-19 Board. Growing up in San Diego, Julia has studied with Adan Provencio and Claude Monteux. Under their direction, Dr. Barnett participated in all SDFG events, competitions, and festivals. She then moved on to studying with Leone Boyse (Rice University), Christina Jennings (University at Colorado-Boulder), and Sheridan Stokes (UCLA). She has won positions in the Midland Odessa Symphony and Billings Symphony, and is now Director for Avanti Flute Choir and Les Flutes des Salon member. Julia looks forward to giving back to SDFG for its impact in her musical development as a young musician. 

     Welcome, Dr. Julia Barnett!

    Learn more about Julia by visiting her Website.

    Renew Your Membership for 2018-19

    As a reminder, the 2018-19 season will begin on September 7th, 2019. We encourage you to keep your membership active so you can enjoy all the benefits of SDFG membership! We have much to share for the upcoming year in our next newsletter after event dates get finalized in the next couple of weeks. Don't miss out on the latest updates and events in store this season!

    To renew your membership, visit the Membership Page on our website.

    Membership Benefits

    We are always grateful for all of our SDFG members. The guild's sustainability is based on the membership base. We would love to give back to our community, so we are accepting submissions to post on our website, newsletters, and our social media handles. 

    If you have any accomplishments to share, items for sale, or upcoming events, email your submission to SanDiegoFluteGuild@gmail.com

    Upcoming Events

    The board is diligently working to coordinate events for the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned to receive more detailed information about all of our events. Some early season events to be excited for:

    • Annual Meeting of the Members/Fall Recital (Nov)
    • Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir (Dec)
    • Chamber Fest (Jan)

    Do you have any suggestions for the events that you want to share? Please send your comments and suggestions to our email: SanDiegoFluteGuild@gmail.com

    Del Mar Flute Ensemble class to start Sept. 14 in Sorrento Valley

    flute-pic-humanFall Semester (16 week) 

    September 14 through November 16

    No class Nov. 23, back Nov. 30 through Dec. 14, (break) January 4 to January 18th

    6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday–$200 Performance: Jan. 29th

    Spring Semester (16 week) 

    Begins February 8 through March 29
    (spring break 4/5) April 12 through May 31st

    6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday–$200 Performance: June 3rd

    Email: rozrichards8@gmail.com (Conductor: Rosalind Richards 760-497-2088)

    NYO New Youth Orchestra – San Diego Youth Orchestra
    10855 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2
    San Diego, CA 92121 USA
    All ages
    Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Monday, July 09, 2018 10:29 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message From the President

    Dear San Diego, 

    I would first love to say hello to all of you and introduce myself as the new President of the San Diego Flute Guild! You may have seen me at events this past year as I served as 1st Vice President. Most recently, I was a coordinator for the 2018 SDFG Summer Camp, where 20 campers had an incredible experience learning from master teachers and playing in ensembles together. 

    A little about me: The flute has been a huge part of my life since the age of 10, when I first picked up the instrument. I received my D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Miami in 2012, where I was a Mancini Fellow. One of the most important things to me is to share my love of the flute with others and cultivate an interest in the arts (whether it be performing, teaching, or supporting live music). 

    It is an absolute privilege to serve as President of this wonderful group and I cannot wait to share more about our programming for this coming year! If you have any thoughts to share with me as I start in this role, you can email me at:


    -Farah Zolghadr, President

    Introducing the 2018-19 Board of Directors

    Our election ballots are closed and the results are in! We are excited to announce our 2018-19 Board:

    President: Farah Zolghadr

    1st Vice President: Alina Freiman Steele

    2nd Vice President/Corresponding Secretary: Lionel Charles Avila

    Treasurer: Alina Freiman Steele

    Membership Secretary: Alan Payne

    Recording Secretary: Emily Persinko

    Director: Pam Vliek Martchev

    Director: Suzy Farber

    Director: Sierra Johnson

    Director: Sunah Jong

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the election!


    Summer Camp 2018

    Last week, SDFG hosted a flute summer camp at Green Oak Ranch. We were joined by 20 campers who have had the opportunity to make music with each other. We were joined by the Featured Guest Artist, Seth Allyn Morris, and other guest artists: Janelle Barrera, September Payne, Maralyn Prestia, Alina Freiman Steele, and Renee Tresko. The camp was filled with numerous camp activities and the campers made new friendships and became better musicians. We look forward to the next summer camp!

    The Guild on Social Media

    Want to keep updated with SDFG outside of the monthly newsletters? We are increasing our social media presence. Receive the most up-to-date information by liking our Facebook Page or following us on Instagram!


    Facebook | Instagram | Website

  • Friday, June 08, 2018 2:18 PM | Farah Zolghadr (Administrator)

    Message from the President:

    It has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve on the board for the past 10 years, with the last two as president. This will be my last message as president and I will be ending my time on the board as of July 1st. On that day, the board will begin anew and commence with planning the 2018-2019 season. There are now step-by-step protocols for each event in place which will create a springboard for the new board to hit the ground running. So, be ready to mark your calendars by late summer for the announcements of the next season of events!  

    I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to the board that I have worked with this year as you’ve all done an incredible amount of work to make events seamless for the members.  Each of you has brought new ideas to the table, and have been extremely generous with your time in learning new jobs, taking on new roles, and becoming more and more familiar with the details that are the San Diego Flute Guild. Cheryl, Farah, Lionel, Alina, Alan, Pam, Suzy, and Sierra: you are some of the most well organized and responsive and loving people I have been able to work with, and I appreciate each of you immensely.  

    Teachers: thank you for your tireless efforts and skill at producing the next generation of flutists!  Students, thank you for your endless time in the practice room, and for your eager hearts pouring through your performances during recitals and competitions; your hard work does not go unnoticed!  Flute enthusiasts: thank you for your continued participation, and love of the flute, and thank you for your display of camaraderie and support of one another in this community! To each of the members of the flute community, it has been a joy to watch the guild grow and flourish during these years, and I’m sure it will continue to expand in new and exciting ways in the future. Most importantly, I wish to thank all of you for helping to create something beautiful in this world, whether performing for an audience or just playing music for yourself. You are truly part of something special.

    Have a wonderful summer, and thank you again for all that you do to support the guild, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub

    SDFG President 

    LAST CALL: Board Election

    This week will be the final chance to vote for the San Diego Flute Guild 2018-19 Board. Vote either "Yes" or "No" since each member is running unopposed. Your vote helps our vision for the organization.


    Summer Flute Camp 2018

    This summer perform in a chamber group with friends, enjoy pool time, pet a baby goat, eat some s'mores, and more camp activities!

    We have a few spots open for registrants to this year's flute camp! We have extended the deadline to Sunday, June 10th. Hurry and register now! This will be the final extension, after this date no registrations will be accepted!

    Register Here

       Member Announcements

    Competition news:

    Gabriela Beltran, student of Dr. Elena Yarritu was awarded First Place in the MTAC State Final Competition. She will appear in a recital at the MTAC Convention at the Hyatt regency in Orange County in July.

    On Sunday, June 3, Carlos Aguilar, was awarded $10,000 as the first prize instrumentalist in the 2018 San Diego Musical Merit Foundation Competition. In 2017, he was the first flutist in the organization's 71 year history to win the grand prize, an award of $13,000 plus a full summer at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. The final competition round can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv941FWiIfw.

    Carlos studies with Dr. Elena Yarritu, Paula Robison, Claire Chase and Carol Wincenc.

  • Monday, May 07, 2018 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    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!

    Join the Board

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    PO Box 232453, Encinitas CA 92023

  • Saturday, April 07, 2018 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    See below for all that you need to know regarding the spring Festival. 
    Summer Camp registration deadlines are almost here.  Register today!


    San Diego Flute Guild April 2018 Newsletter

    Message From The President

    Dear Kate, 

    We're excited about spring festival!  There were more than 100 competition registrations for all of the divisions, The competitions are scheduled, and the program is being finalized. We are so thrilled with the participation, even on such a busy day!  We realize there are several youth orchestra concerts, honor bands, and other events happening on Sunday, April 29th, so we are very thankful that you will be spending a small portion of your day with us!  

    This newsletter includes as many tidbits as we could think of to try to make your day at spring festival easy, and as always, if you think of anything we can help you with, please feel free to email us. 

    Have a wonderful April!
    Kate Prestia-Schaub
    SDFG President 

    Spring Festival 

    April 29, 2018
    Point Loma Nazarine University
    3900 Lomaland Drive
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Festival Schedule 

    Information/Welcome Booth
    Come and visit here throughout the day to mingle with other flutists - make new friends within the community! Complimentary snacks will be available and other food items will be available for sale. New this year, Renee Tresko will be offering craft projects.  In your spare time, purchase one of these flute-focused craft kits and build them with Renee’s assistance or take them home and build them on your own. More details will be available at check-in.  

    Exhibitor Area
    Make sure you save time to visit all of our exhibitors in the Band Room. Try out that new flute you are considering, or shop for the latest flute accessories and music. There will also be details on this year’s raffle prizes which you will not want to miss! Open until 4:00pm.

    9:00 AM Crill Hall ~ Morning Warm up with Wilfrido Terrazas
    Bring your flute and warm up with Wilfrido!  All ages and stages are welcome and encouraged to take part in this warm up on the stage of Crill Hall.  This is perfect if you need new ideas for your warm up, and want to prepare for the day of competitions. Find more about Wilfrido Terrazas on his website.

    11:00 AM Crill Hall ~ Young Artist Competition Winners Recital
    This 45-minute recital features the top three winners of our highly esteemed Young Artist Competition.  We have 6 outstanding finalists from throughout the United States and abroad.

    12:00 PM Crill Hall ~ FUNDraiser!
    Calling one, calling all to participate in our fun flute games! Test your endurance in Long Note. Be the note heard 'round the world in Loud Note. Go head-to-head with professionals! Bring your friend and make music together with 2 Guys, 1 Flute. Donate to participate - all donations go towards our scholarship fund. Open to all ages - don't forget to bring your flute!

    1:00 PM Crill Hall ~ Masterclass with Carol Wincenc
    Congratulations to Sergio Miragliotta, Samantha Prestreleski, Darcy Kelley and Natalia Valencia-Moss for being selected to perform in the Masterclass with Carol Wincenc.  You will hear them perform works by Ibert, Mozart, Faure, and Prokoffiev. 

    3:00 PM Crill Hall ~ Flute Choir Reading Session with Wilfredo Terrazas
    Bring your flute!  We will be able to read through several great flute choir tunes together in a fun and relaxed shared experience.  Bring a friend or two, and perhaps you'll meet some new friends as well.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate the camaraderie and love for the flute in San Diego!

    4:00 PM Crill Hall ~ Recital by Carol Wincenc
    Carol will be performing works by Copland, W.A. Mozart, Amanda Maier, and Poulenc. She will be joined by the fantastic pianist Makiko Hirata!

    5:00 PM Crill Hall ~ Award Ceremony
    If you are a festival competitor, you'll want to attend this special Awards Ceremony just for you!  The SDFG Board will be passing out all of the prize $, awards, certificates, medals and more!

    Festival Information

    Did you know our website has all the information available to regarding the spring festival? Here are a few links to help you gather all of the information to help make your day easy! 

    Below, you'll find more details about the day's events, and links to register to attend if you're not competing. 

    The Festival Artist this year is Carol Wincenc who will be joined by the fabulous pianist Makiko Hirata! The innovative Wilfrido Terrazas will be presenting a morning warm-up and leading us through an afternoon flute choir reading session. Check out their revolutionary biographies!

    The Parking at PLNU is a BREEZE!  Simply enter campus, and wind through until you reach Parking Lot C.  The Cooper music building is a short distance from there and parking is free. 

    At PLNU, you'll find the Nicholson Commons next door to the Cooper Music Building.  You can go there at any time to find a nice variety of meals and snacks!

    This year, we have a wonderful variety of exhibitors and competition sponsors!  We couldn't do this festival without you, so thank you for being a part of our organization! Links to all of our advertisers and sponsors are also found below.

    Please take a moment before attending the festival to click this FAQ link to see all of the important information laid out for you.  FAQs include information for family members of competitors, competition details, how to register, and much much more. 

    We're still in need of some volunteers to monitor competitions, collate awards, and help at the hospitality table.  The more the merrier!  Check out the needs here.  

    Summer Camp 

    Wednesday, June 27th through Sunday, July 1st, 2018
    Green Oak Ranch
    1237 Green Oak Road
    Vista, CA 92081

    Fee: $400
    Registration Deadline: May 15, 2018

    Summer is quickly approaching and you know what that means...flute camp! Don't miss out on friends, swimming pools, s'mores, baby goats, and most importantly, flute. 

    Our special guest artist this year is Seth Allyn Morris, Principal Flutist of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras. He will be presenting a masterclass, performing a recital, and more! 

    Seth Allyn Morris will also be joined by other Masterclass presenters: Janelle Barrera and Maralyn Prestia. In addition, we will have interactive classes: "The Wow Factor" presented by September Payne; and "Yoga for Flutists" presented by Alina Freiman Steele. 

    Registration is now open and spots are limited. Don't wait!

    2018 Festival Sponsors 

    Guest Artist Sponsor:

    Young Artist Sponsors:

    Additional prizes generously organized by Rena Urso, and provided by:

    Youth Artist High School Sponsor: Youth Artist Junior High School Sponsor:
    Youth Artist Elementary Sponsor:
     Location Sponsor:

  • Friday, March 09, 2018 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    March 2018 Newsletter

    Message from the President 

    Dear San Diego,

    Welcome to spring, my favorite time of year in So Cal!  I'd like to take this opportunity to ask for your help volunteer at the spring festival, and to consider serving on the board for the next term.  For more information on volunteering at the festival, see below.  

    In the next month, we will be forming the nominee list for the 2018-2019 SD Flute Guild Board.  We could use a few more hands on deck next year, so if you're interested in joining the board, please send us an email and we'll send you more details. Board members and festival volunteers can be teachers, students, parents, or members of the community.  I can't stress this enough, we need you!  This guild runs on the ideas, knowledge, and generosity of our members, so I thank you in advance for jumping in! 

    Thank you so much for reading, and I wish you all the best for the new season, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub

    Spring Festival 

    Competition Registration Information
    The Spring festival is quickly approaching, as are the registration deadlines. Register to compete by March 25th - no exceptions. Here's a brief rundown of how to register:
    A few details you'll need to register:
    1. The competition division(s) in which you'll compete. (If you are competing in more than one division you'll only need to register once).
    2. The title(s) and name(s) of the composers of the piece(s) you'll be playing.
    3. Teacher's name and email.
    4. Pianist's name and email.
    5. We'll need to know in advance if you'd like to perform in the Winners' Recital (if you're a winner of a competition or a gold medalist in a festival division).  
    If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask, we're here to help make this an easy process.

    Masterclass Information
    There are 4 spaces to perform for Carol Wincenc during her masterclass at the festival. Anyone can apply and should be at a high-performance level for the age of the performer.  Apply by the March 25th deadline - no exceptions.  To apply to perform in the masterclass:
    1. Become a member
    2. View the event page for registration instructions, and apply right from that page. 

    Teachers, Students, Parents, Friends, Neighbors - we need volunteers for the following positions at the festival:
    • Set up and Tear Down
    • Registration 
    • Competition Door Monitors
    • Room Proctors
    • Hospitality Booth 
    • Collating Room
    • Judge Runners
    • Ushers for the final recital
    • Photographers
    • Page Turner for Guest Artist Recital

    We are able to hire and pay a few helpers for the day.  Students will receive community service hours, and parents will have something to do while their children are attending events!  

    Consider lending a hand at this event, this event would not be possible without your generosity!


    There are still a few exhibitor spaces left.  If you'd like to come to the show, and sell flute goodies, please check out our exhibitor page! The deadline to register to exhibit is March 25th.

    2018 Summer Camp

    The Summer Camp class schedule is now posted on our website, and we're thrilled with the variety of classes and teachers who will be sharing their talents with us!  

    Our special guest artist this year is Seth Allyn Morris, Principal Flutist of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras. He will be presenting a masterclass, performance, and more! 

    Seth Allyn Morris will also be joined by other Masterclass presenters: Janelle Barrera and Maralyn Prestia. In addition, we will have interactive classes: "The Wow Factor" presented by September Payne; and "Yoga for Flutists" presented by Alina Freiman Steele. We'll also be making musical frames with Renee Tresko!

    Don't miss out this summer of flute-filled fun, s'mores, baby goats, and other summer activities! Register today!

    Payment plans are available, and registration is due by May 15th

    2018 Festival Sponsors 

    Guest Artist Sponsor:

    Young Artist Sponsors:

    Additional prizes generously organized by Rena Urso, and provided by:

    Youth Artist High School Sponsor: Youth Artist Junior High School Sponsor:
    Youth Artist Elementary Sponsor:
     Location Sponsor:

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Read the review of Chamber Fest.  Festival Links, and Summer Camp Announcement!

    San Diego Flute Guild 

    February 2018 Newsletter

    Hello Flutists!, 

    It's almost Valentine's Day, and we all have one love in common - the flute!  So, perhaps you spend a moment of the day celebrating one of the loves of your life - practicing!  Make music! Share something beautiful in the world!  

    We have especially exciting news about our 2018 summer flute camp!  

    Remember, you can always send us your flute related events for us to share with the membership, and we'll be happy to include the info in our newsletters.

    Happy fluting, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub

    SDFG President

    Chamber Fest Photos

    What an event! Thank you to all the groups who have participated in Chamber Fest! Everyone played exceptionally well and the collaboration and cohesiveness amongst all the groups were remarkable! Thank you to Lionel Avila and Beth Ross Buckely for adjudicating.  Thank you to Alan Payne and Sierra Johnson for coordinating such a fantastic event!  Thank you to Alina Freiman Steele for recording the event, and for taking incredible photos!  The recordings are available to members here!  Check out our facebook page for more photos of the event!

    Spring Fest Details

    Volunteer Sign-Ups

    We cannot stress how grateful and important volunteers are for our Annual Spring Festival! The commitment and willingness from you is the primary key to a successful festival every year. Please consider volunteering your time again this year -- your help will be greatly appreciated and will not go unnoticed! 


    Links & Registration Deadlines

    All Spring Festival Registration deadlines are final. No exceptions will be made. These deadlines are very close to Certificate of Merit exams -- this time of year is extremely busy. It is highly recommended that you register EARLY so that conflicts and issues may be resolved with your registration. Click on the links below for more information and register! 

    Attend the 2018 Spring Festival

    Register to Compete by March 25, 2018

    Apply to Perform in the Masterclass by March 25, 2018

    Sponsor a Competition by April 1, 2018

    Advertise in our Program by April 1, 2018

    Young Artist Competition

    Thank you to all the participants who have sent in recordings for the SDFG Young Artist Competition! The recordings have been sent to 5 preliminary round judges and our 6 finalists will be selected by February 21st.  Congratulations on all of your fine performances.  We're on our way to finding the 2018 winner! 

    Announcing 2018 Summer Flute Camp

    Camp Dates: June 27th through July 1st, 2018

    Come join us at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA for a 5 day/4 night flute camp! 

    We are excited to be hosting camp at a new venue: Green Oak Ranch in Vista, CA. Campers will take part in fun and engaging activities including masterclasses, interactive presentations, and daily warm-ups. Campers will play in ensembles and receive coaching in chamber music performance while building their individual flute skills. The final camp performance on Sunday will feature all campers in ensembles as well as a group performance by all campers and staff. This overnight camp is a wonderful way to make lasting friendships and shared memories!  

    Featuring Guest Artist ~ Seth Allyn Morris


    Seth Morris serves as Acting Principal Flute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has been Principal Flute with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras since 2012. He previously held positions with the New World Symphony and West Michigan Symphony and has performed with ensembles across the United States including the Houston, Detroit, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, American Ballet Theatre, and the Dallas Winds. Seth was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and performed at the Bay View Music Festival. 

    The 2018 SDFG Summer Flute Camp is open to boys and girls of all playing abilities, grade 5 thru grade 12 (Ages 10 thru 18 years). Students do not need to be members of San Diego Flute Guild to attend.  

    The registration deadline is May 15th, 2018. To secure your spot, you may pay in full or pay a down payment of $100 before the registration deadline. Payment in full for all campers must be received by May 15th, 2018. All payments are non-refundable. 

    A tentative daily schedule is posted on the website

    Registration is available now, so sign up soon to save your spot!  Register Here

    Member Events

    We encourage you to submit your events!  Newsletters go out the 7th of each month, and your events can be submitted at any time by sending us an email with all the details exactly as you'd like them listed.

    Del Mar Flute Ensembles 

    All ages Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

    Spring Semester (16 Weeks)
    Begins January 31 through April 4 (spring break 4/11) back April 18 through May 30th 

    Rehearsals: 6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday

    Cost: $290 

    Director: Rosalind Richards 760-497-2088

    NYO New Youth Orchestra - San Diego Youth Orchestra 
    10855 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2 San Diego, CA 92121 USA 


    Congratulations to SDFG Member Sergio Miragliotta for being chosen as the principal flute of the CA all State Orchestra!  Fantastic Job!

    Spring Festival Sponsors and Exhibitors




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