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  • Monday, January 01, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear San Diego,

    Happy New Year!  We hope you had a delightful holiday season!  We're gearing up for Chamber Fest, and the deadline is TODAY!!  Check out all the good stuff we have planned for you, and have a wonderful start to your new year!

    Kate Prestia-Schaub
    SDFG President

    Chamber Fest

    Sunday, January 21, 2018
    Oak Valley Middle School
    Registration Deadline TODAY: January 7th, 2018
    Registration Fee: $17 per member per ensemble.

    As you know, the Chamber Fest is an opportunity for students of all ages to come together and create a small ensemble of 2 or more instruments (at least one of which being flute). These ensembles are judged by two professional flutists and will receive feedback and a medal. There will be no keyboard or piano available.

    This year, we are re-defining our divisions to streamline the event further:

    • Elementary (through 6th)
    • Junior (through 9th)
    • Senior (through 12th)
    • Adult (amateurs)

    The deadline for registration is by the end of today, January 7th, 2018! Don't miss out on this opportunity as there will be no exceptions passed the deadline. Thank you in advance for your prompt registrations!

    Registrations must be completed by one member of each participating ensemble, and not by the teacher. At least one member must be a member of the San Diego Flute Guild, though everyone is recommended to be members.  To make sure each of the members of your ensemble is registered, please be sure to add their names as a "Guest Registration" to the main ensemble registrations. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

    Sierra Johnson, Coordinator 
    Alan Payne, Coordinator

    Register Here!

    Young Artist Competition

    Registration for the YAC recorded round is open, and we will be accepting applications until February 1st, 2018. The competition is open to flutists between the age of 18-30. Recorded Round repertoire includes:

    • J.S. Bach, Partita in A Minor: Allemande and Sarabande
    • Robert Muczynski, Three Preludes, Op. 18

    In addition to cash prizes totaling $1750 dollars, there will be $4300 dollars in scholarships for CSU Summer Arts Program, "The 21st Century Flutist." This summer program gives flutists the opportunity to study with renowned flutists from all around the globe -- Carol Wincenc is one of the featured Guest Artists!

    For more about CSU Summer Arts Program, visit here

    Register for the YAC

    Annual Spring Festival Proposals

    Morning Warm-Up Artist

    We are accepting proposals for our annual Spring Festival's Morning Warm-Up Artist! The Morning Warm-Up Artist will present a 45-50 minute warm-up that encourages audience participation and helps set the tone for the day's activities.

    Proposals should include:

    • Presenter biography
    • High-resolution photo
    • Handouts that will need to be printed
    • short description of the warm-up

    The presenter will receive a $100 stipend for the session. Priority is given to those who have not presented a class for our festival in recent years.

    Proposals will be accepted until February 1st, 2018.

    Featured Flute Choir

    We are accepting proposals for a Flute Choir to be featured at our annual Spring Festival! We are looking for an experienced and high-level flute choir to perform a 45-50 minute program of various works.

    Proposals should include:

    • Biography of the group
    • Repertoire, as it should appear in the festival program
    • High-res group photo and director

    Priority will be given to those who have not performed at our festival in recent years.

    Proposals will be accepted until February 1st, 2018

    Email your proposals!

    Spring Fest Volunteers

    Our Spring Festival is an all hands on deck event. The continuing success of this event is heavily based on the generosity and time of our many volunteers. The festival provides numerous opportunities for anyone to give back to our thriving San Diego Flute Guild community. Volunteers get community service hours and our utmost gratitude for helping with this major event! 

    Please consider volunteering for our annual Spring Festival. The more help, the better; and we need all the help we can get!

    If you're willing, please send us a quick reply to this email, and let us know you're available!  If you'd like to see what kinds of tasks there are, check out this page:


    Spring Fest Dates And Deadlines

    All Spring Festival Registration deadlines are final. No exceptions will be made. Also, as a reminder, we know that these deadlines are very close to Certificate of Merit exams, and this time of year is extremely busy. We highly recommend you register early so that if there are any issues with your registrations, we can handle it before the deadlines. Click on any link to get more information and to register.  

    YAC Recordings Due February 1, 2018

    Apply to Perform in the Masterclass by March 25, 2018

    Register for Competitions by March 25, 2018

    Sponsor a Competition by April 1, 2018

    Advertise in our Program by April 1, 2018

    Member Events

    If you have an upcoming event, or flute news, active SDFG members are invited to share with the community!  Your announcement will be included in the next emailed newsletter, which is generally send on the 7th of each month. 

    Bold and Brassy, Sweet and Sassy

    February 10, 2018

    2:00 PM Golden Bears Theater ~ Temecula Valley High School

    SDFG Member and President Kate Prestia-Schaub will be performing the Carmen Fantasy and the Poulenc Sextet with the Temecula Valley Symphony.  


  • Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    December Newsletter 

    December 7, 2017

    Dear San Diego,

    We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that the upcoming holidays treat you all well!    In this newsletter, we've got a fantastic review of the Holiday Concert; the dates and details for our Chamber Fest; as well as a few Spring Festival details you don't want to miss!  

    Wishing you all our best, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub and the San Diego Flute Guild

    Holiday Concert Review

    This year the Holiday Concert was a complete Success! With 9 choirs performing, and over 150 audience members, the joy of the season is truly upon us!  If you would like to purchase recordings of this fantastic event, we invite you to make a small donation to the guild, and we'll send digital files of the program.  For more information, please click below.  We are also looking for more photos to post on our facebook page, so send them our way, and thank you in advance!!  A special thank you to Suzy Farber and Renee Tresko for the fantastic organization, friendly and inviting atmosphere, and throwing yourselves into the project wholeheartedly! Thank you to Renee Tresko, Alina Freiman, Elena Yarritu, Bradley Leighton, and Rosalind Richards for bringing your choirs, and to Suzy Farber for working with the SDFG Sponsored Choir!  Thank you to Renee also for providing the goodies for the raffles - a true success!

    Dates and Deadlines

    • Chamber Fest Reg Deadline: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
    • Chamber Fest Event Date: Sunday, January 21st, 2018

    Spring Festival Deadlines

    • YAC Reg Deadline: February 1st, 2018
    • Proposal Deadline: February 1st, 2018
    • Spring Fest Deadline: March 25th, 2018
    • Advertising Deadline: April 1st, 2018
    • Sponsorship Deadline: April 1st, 2018
    • Exhibitor Deadline: March 25th, 2018

  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    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:
    Festival Division Sponsor:
    Please consider sponsoring this event

    Young Artist Sponsor:
    Youth Artist High School Sponsor:
    Please consider sponsoring this event

     Please consider sponsoring this event


    Youth Artist High School Sponsor:

    Youth Artist Elementary Sponsor:
     Please consider sponsoring this event


    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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  • Sunday, October 01, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    October Newsletter

    October 7th, 2017

    Membership Meeting

    You are invited to the San Diego Flute Guild's annual Meeting of the Members in the beautiful Winn Room at the Coronado Library. This brief membership meeting will give you a recap on our 2016-2017 season, get you up to speed on the 2017-2018 year of events, you'll meet the new board members, as well as play through a few flute choir tunes!

    All are welcome who love the flute, and please bring your flute, a stand, and a friend, or two! Light refreshments will be provided following the recital.

    The meeting is free to attend, you do not need to be a member, you can register here until October 27th, 2017.

    Register Here

    Fall Recital

    The San Diego Flute Guild's Fall Members' Recital is a wonderful opportunity for all members of the Flute Guild to perform a solo, a piece for flute and piano, or come together as a flute ensemble.

    The performance is open to members of all ages and stages, and we love the variety! We encourage students, teachers, flute choirs, adult amateurs, and everyone who loves sharing the joy of playing flute to take advantage of this performance opportunity.

    Light refreshments are served at the end. These recitals are free to all and open to the public.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  October 15th, 2017.

    Register Here

    Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    The San Diego Flute Guild is happy to host the annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Concert, with three 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!

    Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1500 W. Juniper St.
    Escondido, CA 92025

    NEW THIS YEAR: The SDFG Sponsored Intermediate and Advanced choirs will have two rehearsal locations to choose from, one in north county, and one in south county. We hope this makes it easier for more people to participate in the final concert. The Dress Rehearsal and concert will merge the choirs from both locations.

    When you register for this event, you’ll see 4 registration types. You can use these descriptions to help you decide which registration type to choose, and descriptions are on the event webpage.

    SDFG Advanced and Intermediate Flute Choirs: Friday, October 20, 2017
    SDFG Teacher Choir: Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    Privately Organized Flute Choirs: Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Register Here

    Discounted Symphony Tickets

    We have partnered with the San Diego Symphony to let you watch your favorite orchestral pieces live! Since you are a member of the San Diego Flute Guild, you are eligible to receive a special discount for your San Diego Symphony concert tickets. Once tickets go on sale for selected works, you may redeem these benefits by entering promo code: FLUTE in the SDSO website.

    The seats are set for Rear Right Center and Rear Left Center sections for $17!

    Available Concerts for 2017-2018!

    North County Flute Ensembles

    SDFG Member Renee Tresko is hosting a Flute Choir for Intermediate-Advanced adult flutists! If you are looking for playing opportunities and ensembles to be apart of, this will be a perfect opportunity for those of you interested. The rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7:15-8:15pm. The first rehearsal will be this upcoming Tuesday, October 10th! There needs to be a minimum class size of 4 members. Gather all your flutes and join take part with Renee in the North County Flute Ensembles!

    More information below:

    Below, please take a look at all of our upcoming dates and registration deadlines for 2017-2018

    To get started, be sure to renew your membership first so you are all set to register.


    Annual Meeting of the Members

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017 ~1:30-2pm @ Coronado Public Library

    Registration Deadline: 10/27/17

    Fall Members’ Recital

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017 ~ 2-4pm @ Coronado Public Library

    Registration Deadline: 10/15/17

    Chamber Fest

    Sunday, January 21st, 2018 ~ 1:30-5:00pm @ Oak Valley Middle School

    Registration Deadline 1/2/18

    Young Artist Competition

    Recorded Round Registration Deadline: 2/1/18

    Live Final Round: 4/28/17 @ PLNU

    Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Sunday, December 3, 2017 ~ 4:00pm @ Westminster Presbyterian Church

    SDFG Advanced and Intermediate Flute Choir Registration Deadline: 10/20/17

    SDFG Teacher Choir Registration Deadline: 11/4/17

    Privately Organized Flute Choir Registration Deadline: 11/19/17

    SDFG North Rehearsals:
    Fridays, November 3, 10, 17

    SDFG North Rehearsals:
    Sundays, November 5, 12, 19

    Combined North and South Rehearsal:
    Saturday, December 2

    Teacher Choir Rehearsals:
    11/18 & 12/2

    Spring Festival

    Sunday, April 29th, 2018 ~ 8am-5:30pm @ Point Loma Nazarene University

    To attend the festival (and not compete), pre-register online until 4/21/17, or pay at the door

    Spring Festival Competitions

    To compete in the Youth Artist, Specialty, or Festival Divisions, register by: 3/25/18

    Spring Festival Masterclass

    Request to perform in the Masterclass by: 3/25/18

    Festival Winners’ Recital

    *Sunday May 6th, 2018 ~ 2-5pm @ Coronado Public Library

    Public Registration Deadline: 4/27/18

    Festival Competition Winners Confirmation Deadline: 5/2/18

    *Date subject to change pending location.


  • Friday, September 01, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    September Newsletter

    September 7, 2017

    Membership Renewal

    Now is a perfect time to renew your SDFG membership. The new membership year runs from September 1st, 2017 to August 31st, 2018. Your membership gives you access to all information for upcoming events, discounts to San Diego Symphony tickets and performance / competition opportunities. Directory listings are also included with Adult and Senior Teacher memberships, as well as Business memberships. (Directory listings only list current members). Membership also entitles you to list your upcoming events on our Facebook page and on our website's member listing page.

    Join or Renew Here!

    Annual Membership Meeting

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    Coronado Library Winn Room
    640 Orange Ave
    Coronado, CA 92118

    You are invited to the San Diego Flute Guild's Annual Meeting of the Members in the beautiful Winn Room at the Coronado Library. This brief membership meeting will give you a recap on our 2016-2017 season, get you up to speed on the 2017-2018 year of events, you'll meet the new board members, as well as play through a few flute choir tunes! 

    This year, following the meeting, we will hold our member's recital. Please consider staying to watch the program, and if you'd like to perform on the program please register here by October 15th. (More details below).

    All are welcome who love the flute! Light refreshments will be provided following the recital. Bring your flute and a stand.

    The meeting is free to attend, you do not need to be a member, and please feel free to bring a friend, or two!

    RSVP to the Membership Meeting!

    Fall Members' Recital

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Coronado Library ~ Winn Room
    640 Orange Ave
    Coronado, CA 92118

    We hope you consider performing in the Fall Members' Recital following the Annual Membership Meeting! This recital is an opportunity for all members of the Flute Guild to perform solo, flute & piano, or flute ensemble. We encourage participation of all of our members, of any age and level! Do you have a flute choir? Do you have a piece that you've been hoping to perform somewhere? Then this is for you! Light refreshments are served at the end and the recital is free to participate and attend, and is open to the public.

    At least one member of your ensemble must be a San Diego Flute Guild member. If you are not a member and want to perform, you can become a member by clicking here

    If you wish to perform with a pianist, we will need to approve the pianist with the library ahead of time, so be sure to register only after you have all of your pianist's information, including a short biography.

    Please limit your performance to 10 minutes

    Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2017

    Register here!

    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

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

    NEW THIS YEAR: The SDFG Sponsored Intermediate and Advanced choirs will have two rehearsal locations to choose from, one in north county, and one in south county. We hope this makes it easier for more people to participate in the final concert. The Dress Rehearsal and concert will merge the choirs from both locations.

    All rehearsal schedules and locations are posted online, as well as Membership and Eligibility requirements.


    • SDFG Advanced and Intermediate Flute Choirs: Friday, October 20, 2017
    • SDFG Teacher Choir: Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    • Privately Organized Flute Choirs: Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Register here!

    Del Mar Flute Ensemble

    Fall Semester
    September 5 -- January 17 (16 weeks)
    6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesdays
    No Class: 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3

    Fee: $290

    Concert: January 20th

    Spring Semester
    February 8 -- May 31 (16 weeks)
    6:30 to 8:00 on Wednesdays
    No Class: 4/12

    Fee: $290

    Concert: June 3rd

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

    Rosalind Richards, Director

    In Memoriam: Karen Strauss 

    It is with a very heavy heart that we share the passing of a long time SDFG member, friend and colleague, Karen Strauss.

    For the last 29 years, Karen was a devoted music teacher who actively advocated maintaining band programs in Temecula and Murrieta Valley's elementary schools. Her success and devotion toward this end improved the lives of so many of our local students who had the good fortune to have Mrs. Strauss as their band teacher. As a teacher, Karen was known for her smile, her patience, her positive attitude and her delight in her students' success as musicians and scholars. She worked tirelessly to be sure every student practiced, and rewarded her classes every year by organizing a concert at Mulligan's Fun Center. After school, she gave private piano lessons from home. Some of her students have become music teachers themselves. Karen was very proud of her legacy of giving the gift of music to nearly three thousand students in her lifetime.

    Karen was also a fine flutist who played with local and regional community bands and orchestras for many years. Karen played flute and piccolo in the community concert bands of Palomar Jr. College, Mt. San Jacinto Jr. College and the Temecula Valley Winds. She was also a member of the Silver Sounds Flute Ensemble and Orange County Flute Ensemble. Her favorite venues to perform at were the Wine Country Band Festival and Disneyland. Always a student of the instrument, she continued to take lessons and coaching sessions to maintain and improve her skill.

    The world will not be quite as sweet without Karen in it, but her legacy and immortality will always live on through those she taught and all the lives she touched.

    Member Announcements

    We welcome member announcements and event listings at any time! Please feel free to send us a blurb about your event at any time, and we will make sure it is posted and emailed to our members!


  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    August Newsletter

    August 7, 2017

    Upcoming Events 2017-2018

    Happy August everyone! The 2017-2018 year is in full planning mode and the board is working hard to get each event ready for registration in the beginning of September!  For now, here is a list of the events for this year:

    • September 10, 2017: Teachers' Luncheon
    • November 4, 2017: Fall Members' Recital & Annual Meeting of the Members
    • December 3, 2017: Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert
    • January 28, 2018: Chamber Fest
    • April 28, 2018: Young Artist Competition Final Round
    • April 29, 2018: Annual Spring Festival
    • May 2018: Festival Winners' Recital
    • June 2018: Summer Flute Retreat

    dates subject to change

    More details to come, so for now, keep up-to-date with current events on our Upcoming Events page.

    Teachers' Luncheon

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017 
    Wilson Creek Winery
    35960 Rancho California Road
    Temecula, CA 92591 

    Join us for an afternoon in Wine Country! All SDFG members who have students who may wish to participate in SDFG events in the 2017-2018 season are invited to the annual Teachers’ Luncheon. We will announce our season of events, and hand out packets with information on the upcoming events for the year, and review the benefits of membership so that you may share this information early with your students. Most importantly, however, the luncheon is a time to share your teaching stories, spend time together, and embrace the wonderful community of flute teachers in the greater San Diego area! Our greatest hope is that we can all come together to celebrate this exceptional group of dedicated and talented teachers and friends.

    This year, we’ve chosen to host the luncheon at the delightful Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula Wine Country! Wilson Creek features extensive picnic grounds, bocci ball, a warm and welcoming tasting room, and if you’re still hungry after lunch, you’re welcome to head to their Creekside Grille. If you’d like to purchase wine tasting tickets to enjoy during the meeting, they are $20 at the door which includes 5 tastings, a glass that you can take home, and $5 off of any purchase.

    The luncheon is free to attend, please RSVP no later than September 3rd.

    For more information and to RSVP, please visit our website:

    Del Mar Flute Ensemble Class

    Fall Semester

    September 5 -- January 17 (16 weeks)
    6:30 to 8:00 on Wednesdays
    No Class: 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3
    Fee: $290

    Concert: January 20th

    Spring Semester

    February 8 -- May 31 (16 weeks)
    6:30 to 8:00 on Wednesdays
    No Class: 4/12

    Fee: $290

    Concert: June 3rd

    10855 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2
    San Diego, CA 92121 USA

    Rosalind Richards, Director

    Calling All Members!

    We love everyone who is a part of the San Diego Flute Guild community. Please don't get left behind this year and remember to renew your membership starting September 1st! Check your email for your automatic renewal information. By renewing your membership, you will continue to enjoy our benefits - monthly newsletters, member exclusive performances and events, discounted San Diego Symphony tickets, and much more!  Also, when you renew, don't forget to update your profile with any changes.  Changes can include basic contact information, school, grade, teacher, studio/business information, as well as your willingness and availability to volunteer.  

    Collaborative Pianists

    The San Diego Flute Guild has a directory of pianists available for hire for your next flute event. You can look on the Collaborative Pianist page if you're in need of a pianist for any event!

    Do you know of a pianist who is looking to collaborate with flutists?  If you know of someone is interested in making music with others, please have then email us!

    2017-2018 San Diego Flute Guild Board

    • President: Kate Prestia-Schaub
    • Immediate Past President: Cheryl Bretsnyder
    • 1st Vice President: Farah Zolghadr
    • 2nd Vice President: Lionel Avila
    • Treasurer: Alina Freiman Steele
    • Membership Secretary: Alan Payne
    • Recording Secretary: Farah Zolghadr
    • Director: Pamela Vliek Martchev
    • Director: Liliana Lazzari
    • Director: Suzy Farber
    • Director: Sierra Johnson

    Send us your events

    If you are a current member of the San Diego Flute Guild, please feel free to send us your upcoming event for posting in the monthly newsletter and on social media!

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Vote for the 2017-2018 Board, and get more information on our Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat Guest Artist Day.

    San Diego Flute Guild

    June 2017 Newsletter

    Last chance to vote in the Board Election

    This week is your last chance to vote for the new 2017-2018 SDFG Board.  Each member being considered for election is running unopposed, and is vital to the strength and vision of our organization.  Please click below to see our slate of officers, and place your vote!

    Vote Now!

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat ~ Guest Artist Day with Sarah Jackson

    We are so excited for camp this month!  Our staff and campers are getting ready for this fantastic summer opportunity.  If you are not able to attend for the full time, or you are a college student, adult, or teacher, and you would like to be a part of this exciting retreat, we invite you to come on Saturday, June 24th for one special day with guest artist Sarah Jackson!  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for all attendees and guests.  The fee is $50 and registration is open up to and including the day of the event, or until the limited seating is full. 

    Tentative Schedule:

    8:30 - 9:30 am ~ Breakfast

    9:45 - 10:15 am ~ Group Warm-up led by Sarah Jackson

    10:30 am -12:00 pm ~ Guest Artist Day Attendees: Flute Choir Reading Sessions 
    Camp Attendees: Ensemble Rehearsals

    12:00 - 1:00 pm ~ Lunch

    1:15 - 2:30 pm ~ Presentation by Sarah Jackson

    2:45 - 5:00 pm ~ Masterclass with Sarah Jackson

    5:00 - 6:00 pm ~ Free Time / Practice

    6:00 - 7:00 pm ~ Dinner

    7:30 pm ~ Sarah Jackson Recital with Pianist Jeanette Louise Yaryan
    Sarah and Jeanette will be performing works for piccolo by Paul Taffanel, David Loeb, Eugene Damare, Katherine Hoover, Gabriel Faure, and Matt Smith.

    Register today!

  • Monday, May 15, 2017 6:22 PM | Anonymous
    Dear flutist, 

    Please read below for important information regarding the Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat, and the upcoming Board Elections for the San Diego Flute Guild.  

    Thank you in advance for your time and participation!
    San Diego Flute Guild

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat

    Today is the last day to register and complete your payments for the San Diego Flute Guild's Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat!  There are still a few slots left, so be sure to register before registration closes tonight at midnight!  For more information on this year's summer camp, please check out the pages below.

    To make your final camp payment, please click here.  Payments will show up on your SDFG account within 24 hours of receipt.  

    Election for the 2017-2018 Board

    Each year, the San Diego Flute Guild has several open board positions requiring an official election.  Voting is now open for the 2017-2018 membership year.  The election will remain open until June 10th at which point we will announce the official new slate.  The board serves on a volunteer basis, coordinates events, manages the membership, maintains financial accounts, and generates ideas to assist in the development and reach of the guild to our members.   

    This year, the primary goal of the flute guild board is to introduce several new members to the team, as well as cross-train long standing board members in different board positions so as to make sure that no one person carries the only working knowledge of each responsibility and role.    

    The proposed slate of directors and officers for the next term is listed below.  Those in BLUE are up for election to become official members of the San Diego Flute Guild Board. 

              President: Kate Prestia-Schaub (2016-2018)*  
              Immediate Past President: Cheryl Bretsnyder (2016-2018)* 
              Vice President: Cindy Anne Broz (2016-2018)**
              Treasurer: Alina Freiman Steele (2017-2019)
              Membership Secretary: Alan Payne (2017-2019)
              Recording Secretary: Farah Zolghadr (2017-2018) 
              Director: Pamela Vliek Martchev (2016-2018)* 
              Director: Liliana Lazzari (2017-2018)* 
              Director: Suzy Farber (2017-2019)
              Director: Joanne Matibag (2017-2019)

    *Currently elected for term noted

     **Continuation of another’s term who is retiring from their position before their term is up.

  • Monday, May 01, 2017 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    2017 May Newsletter

    Thank you! (A letter from the president)

    Dear San Diego,

    This weekend passed at hurricane speed for me - I know it did for many of you as well.  I want to personally say thank you so much to all who came to the festival this weekend at our Spring Flute Festival.  It was so nice to meet so many new people, and have fleeting moments here and there with old friends as well.  Marianne Gedigian and Collette Valentine were incredible, right?!

    As much as I try to recognize each individual for their efforts at making this a fantastic event, there are simply too many names and I fear that I will leave someone out.  I will try to remember each group here, but please know how much everyone's individual contribution means to me, and also the entire San Diego Flute Guild Board.

    My deepest thanks to the board - Alan, Alina, Cheryl, Cindy, Erica, Lily, Pam, Ruth, Tracy, and Tina.  You did an amazing job this weekend organizing, doing the heavy lifting, and giving freely of your time for the ever expanding flute community!

    The Exhibitors came loaded with incredible products, I know several students of mine who got to come home with new instruments - what a difference a really high quality instrument makes!  I appreciate you making the time for our flute community.  Thank you to those who had to travel long distances, we know how much work it is to set these things up!

    The Adjudicators gave very well thought out comments, both helpful and encouraging, and gave up their chance to attend many festival events to listen to the huge number of competitors!  

    The Volunteers - Did you all know that there were over 80 jobs to be done at this festival?  All was covered from top to bottom - Everyone on the Registration team, the Hospitality Table, the Door Monitors, Competition Proctors, Collating Room helpers, Ushers, Competition Runners, Page turners, drivers, photographers, and especially the staff at PLNU made the day smooth as silk.  Special thanks go to Christine Fontes and Renee Tresko for their long hours!!

    The Sponsors, Steve Finley from Wm. S. Haynes and Flute FX made it possible to have Marianne and Collette perform, Adam Workman from Flutistry Boston was a sponsor for the Young Artist Competition, Paul Rabinov sponsored the Youth Artist Junior Division, and Jeff Bertrand from Bertrand's Music sponsored the Youth Artist Senior Division, and the lovely Cynthia Kelley at Flutacious sponsored the FUNdraisers and the Festival Divisions.   The financial support you provided to the San Diego Flute Guild really helps make this event truly special for our community, and we can only hope you can know how appreciative we are for your generosity!

    The pianists were on their toes all day long - many of them with more than 10 students each!  I don't know how you all learn that much music, incredible!  Thank you for being willing to run from room to room for hours on end.  Without your beautiful contribution, us flutists would be so lonely!  

    To the teachers, thank you for your tireless effort at preparing these lovely students with the ability to compete at such an incredibly high level.  The talent in this area is a deep pool, and each of you brings such a unique flavor which is reflected in your lovely students!

    The competitors!  Oh my goodness....  You are all so amazing to me!  I loved watching you prepare as you waited outside the room.  I watched you come out of the competition - some relieved, some overjoyed, and of course some disappointed.  But through all of it, I watched hard work and devotion in progress all day long.  Thank you for participating, for practicing, and most importantly for sharing your talent!  We are all so proud of each one of you!

    Of course, to our Artists - Cynthia Ellis and Laguna flutes - Marianne Gedigian and Collette Valentine - I am so inspired, and I know everyone who got the chance to hear you is as well.  Thank you from the bottom of each heart on the board for your artistry and generosity!

    Check out our facebook page for festival photos!

    I am brimming over with appreciation, 

    Kate Prestia-Schaub, SDFG President, and Festival Chair

    2017 Competition Award List

    Congratulations to all who competed in the festival!  Below, you will see all of the Gold Medal winners for each festival division, as well as the winners of the divisions with 1st through 3rd place prizes. If you do not see your division listed, there were no gold medalists. Certificates, medals, and evaluation forms can either be picked up from me, or they will be mailed to teachers by next week. Teachers: Please email Kate with the address to which your packet should be mailed, or to schedule a pick up time.  

    Festival Elementary Division

    Eshan Patibandla
    Mina Hurt
    Michelle Sun
    Yufei Wu
    Lakshanya Sankaran
    Soyeon Park
    Mina Kim

    Festival 7th Grade Division

    Olivia Chen
    Seah Yoon
    Joanne Lee
    Emma Cao
    Karen Zheng
    Nithin Chilakapati

    Festival 8th Grade Division

    Chloe Lee
    Kevin  L. Li
    Samantha Prestrelski
    Skyler Williams
    Katherine Lee

    Festival 9th Grade Division

    Michelle Zhu
    Jessica Mar
    Jaelyn Daluraya
    Hanna Kim
    Peter Tolo
    Carina Luo

    Festival 10th Grade Division

    Saqtiel Orozco-Pedroza
    Mia Wilson

    Festival 11th Grade Division

    Michelle Grace Liu
    Erin Yoon

    Festival 12th Grade Division

    Rucha Deshpande
    Anabel Torres
    Esther Kim

    Festival Collegiate Undergraduate Grade Division

    Emily Patricia Harrington
    Sierra Johnson
    Anahita Pestonjamasp
    Natalia Valencia-Moss

    Piccolo Competition

    1st Place Isabelle Jamois
    2nd Place Ruth Dunlop
    3rd Place Bridgette Shroll
    Honorable Mention Kathleen Herb

    Orchestral Audition Competition

    1st Place Lionel Avila
    2nd Place Christine Choi
    3rd Place Danielle Guilmette
    Honorable Mention Michelle Grace Liu
    Honorable Mention Anahita Pestonjamasp

    Youth Artist Elementary Division

    1st Place Erica Wang
    2nd Place Min Wang
    3rd Place Megan Payne
    Honorable Mention Grace L. Li
    Honorable Mention Jiyoung Park

    Youth Artist Junior High School Division

    1st Place Gabriela Beltran
    2nd Place Elisha Tan
    3rd Place Helen Zhu
    Honorable Mention Emma Li
    Honorable Mention Nathan Haghgoo

    Youth Artist Senior High School Division

    1st Place Lorenzo Van Munoz
    2nd Place Amy Liu
    3rd Place Ann Kuo
    Honorable Mention Jenny Choi
    Honorable Mention Jennifer Joy Levy

    Young Artist Competition

    1st Place Jeiran Hasan
    2nd Place Elyse Davis
    3rd Place Tracy Goodwin
    Honorable Mention Kah Yun Song

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat

    June 20-24, 2017 @ The Lodge at Palomar Mountain
    Registration Deadline: May 15th
    Guest Artist: Sarah Jackson
    Camp Staff:  Cindy Anne Broz, Ruth Washington-Mayhew, Erica Peel

    It is going to be a truly amazing event and heaps of fun for all!

    Sarah Jackson will be our Guest Artist on Friday June 23 (for week-long campers only) and also on Saturday June 24th. Saturday is a Guest Artist Day (see below). 

    The registration fee for the camp (ages 10-18) is $375. This includes all 5 nights/6 days: accommodations, all music (ensembles will be designed based on ability and will rehearsed by our professional camp staff; they will perform on the final day in concert for parents and families), meals, and two days of inspiration with Sarah Jackson (not to mention the daily attention with the winning personalities of our own professional staff )! Erica Peel, Ruth Washington-Mayhew, and Cindy Anne Broz will be the professional staff for camp. SDFG President, Kate Prestia-Schaub, will be there several evenings and on Saturday and Sunday. 

    The week-long camp is for ages 10-18. On Saturday, there is a Guest Artist Day which is open to adults (and others who are not able to attend the full camp). The fee for this day is $50 (this fee includes lunch and dinner, masterclasses/workshops and a concert performance by Sarah Jackson). 

    We encourage you to register as soon as possible if they want to secure a spot. At this point, out of 28 available spots, there are only 10 left.  We will have a waiting list once we hit our max limit of 28  campers (should someone who has a secured spot be unable to attend, this spot will be offered to the first on the waiting list and so forth). 

    If you have any questions or require further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • 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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