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  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Flutist,

    With all of the rain, it has been a beautiful spring.  I've never seen it so green, and with so many wildflowers!  I hope each of you will get the chance to enjoy the weather, and the outdoors.   The March Newsletter contains a few more details for spring festival, but if you need the full line up of festival details, please see the February Newsletter.

    Spring Festival 

    If you or your students are planning on entering any of the festival competitions, the first two weeks of March is a good time to make sure all memberships are active.  Teachers of participating students are encouraged to become members as well.  All competitors are required to become members, and can do so here.  To check on memberships, please log in to check the status here, or as always, please feel free to email us at any time.

    Competition Registration:
    Once memberships are all current, then competition registration can begin. The deadline for registration is April 1st.  All registration information must be accurate for students to be scheduled for competition.  Please make sure you have all of the following information before beginning the registration process: 

    • Teacher's name and email
    • Accompanist's name and email (there are no scheduling requests for pianists and they should be available all day)
    • Competition Division(s)
    • Composer / title of their selected pieces

    Festival Masterclass:
    If you are interested in performing for our amazing guest artist, Marianne Gedigian, you may apply as a member by April 1st.  We will be awarding 4 outstanding flutists with the opportunity to perform, and more information can be found here.

    Spring Festival Volunteers:
    We are looking for student and parent volunteers for the festival.  We need helpers with everything from manning the information booth, collating the awards and medals, room monitors, check in and registration table, runners, and more!  All students will receive community service hours.  Parents, if you're not sure what to do while your child attends the event, please consider helping out!  If you or your friends, family, or neighbors may be interested in receiving the community service hours, please email us.

    Spring Festival Advertising:
    We are now collecting artwork for advertising in our spring festival program book.  All ads will reach over 200 flutists and families who attend this event.  Additionally, all ads will run on our website until September 1st, 2017.  Proceeds from advertising go towards our Scholarship fund which assists student members with lessons, instrument purchases, and participation in events. All ads must be reserved by April 1st.  For more information on advertising your business, please visit here.

    Sponsor a Competition:
    If you are willing and able, please consider sponsoring a competition.  All sponsorship is considered a tax deductible donation, and recognition will be given on our website, on our face book page, and of course in our program booklet.  For more information on sponsorship, please visit here.

    Thank you so much to our guest artist and festival sponsors!



    Exhibit at our Festival:
    There are still a few more spaces left for exhibitors for the festival.  Space is limited, and is granted first come first served.  If you are interested in exhibiting, please visit here.

    Current exhibitors include:

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat:

    There are only a small number of summer camp spaces available this year, so please consider registering early.  Space is already filling up, and the deadline to register is May 15th.  Guest Artist Sarah Jackson will be working with students, and holding a special flute day as well.  For more information, and to register, please visit here

    Member News and Events:

    A huge congratulations to our board member Erica Peel for being appointed as the new solo piccolo player of the Philadelphia Orchestra. We are all so proud of you, and wish you the best of luck in this amazing new experience.  While we will miss you terribly, we are thrilled with your success, and know that Philly is gaining a truly remarkable friend and musician.  Well done Erica!

    SDFG Member Pamela Vliek Martchev is hosting a flute recital and Masterclass with Seth Allyn Morris on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM in Smith Recital Hall at San Diego State University.  Dr. Morris will be performing works by Mozart, Bach, Blavet, Paganini and Boehm with pianist Karen Follingstad. This event is generously sponsored by SDSU and WM. S. Haynes Flutes.

    SDFG Member Janelle Barrera is hosting the Southern California Flute Day 2017Co-Sponsored by the Los Angeles Flute Guild and the Orange County School of the ArtsFeaturing guest artists, Elise Shope Henry, Second Flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Erica Peel, Solo Piccolo of the San Diego Symphony, and Janelle Barrera, Flute Instructor at the Orange County School of the Arts. Masterclasses, Flute Choir Reading Session, and Recital featuring guest artists! Flutacious, the West Coast Flute and Specialty Shop, will also be on display! www.lafluteguild.com.

    As always, if you are a member of SDFG, please feel free to submit your news and events for publication in our monthly newsletters.  Newsletters go out within the first week of every month.  You can simply email us at any time to submit. 

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:28 PM | Anonymous

    February 2017 Newsletter

    Spring Festival Edition

    Dear Flutists,

    The biggest event that the San Diego Flute Guild hosts each year is the Spring Festival.  We are looking forward to sharing our many flute events with you including a masterclass and recital by our special guest artist Marianne Gedigian, the Laguna Flutes ensemble led by Cynthia Ellis, and the Young Artist Competition Winners' Recital.  This email is filled with tips and tricks to help you get registered correctly, and will keep you informed about the changes to the 2017 festival.  All of the festival web pages contain valuable information so please click on the links provided to familiarize yourself with the event.  And as always, don't hesitate to email with any questions you may have. 

    All best, 
    Kate Prestia-Schaub
    SDFG President and Festival Chair   

    Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Point Loma Nazarene University

    For many years, we've held our festival at San Diego State University, but this year, we are thankful to Point Loma Nazarene University for opening up their incredibly beautiful campus to us this April.  Some of the many benefits of PLNU include free parking, onsite dining, the welcoming Cooper Music Building (including Crill Hall), and the stunning ocean views! 

    Featured Guest Artist ~ Marianne Gedigian

    We are thankful to have two generous Guest Artist Sponsors this year: 
    Flute FX and Wm S. Haynes Flutes.  Be sure to visit their websites!

    Festival Passes:

    If you are planning on attending the festival events, you can purchase your day pass in advance, or upon arrival. Events will include a warm up session (flute choir style with Cynthia Ellis), the Young Artist Competition Winners' Recital, FUNdraisers, a Flute Choir performance by Laguna Flutes, fantastic exhibitors, raffles, and of course the highly anticipated masterclass and recital featuring Marianne Gedigian.  
    $35 - Non-Members
    $25 - SDFG Members
    $15 - Guest Artist Recital Only
    $10 - Exhibit Hall Only

    Exhibit Hall:

    The Exhibits will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, and will feature some incredible flutes, piccolos, and of course your favorite flute accessories.  Check out their websites by clicking on the images below.

    2017 Exhibitors


    Young Artist Competition:

    Recorded Round Deadline: Sunday, February 26th
    Live Final Round: Saturday, April 29th
    Winners’ Recital: Sunday, April 30th 

    YAC Tips:
    #1.  The recorded round deadline is coming right up!  If you are competing in our Young Artist Competition, please make sure your membership is active, your registration is complete, and your recordings are emailed on time.  

    #2.  When you register, please be sure to include a 300 character bio (not 300 words) in you membership profile.  If selected as a finalist your bio will be used in the program book. If you have already registered, and you would like to double check the length of your bio, you can do that at any time by logging into the website, and viewing your member profile. Biographies longer than 300 words will be cut and edited accordingly.

    Festival Masterclass:

    Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1st
    Masterclass Date: Sunday, April 30th

    Each year during the Spring Festival, 4 flutists are chosen to perform for our featured guest artist. Applicants may perform flute or piccolo solos, with or without piano, and any orchestral excerpt.  We look forward to receiving your applications!

    Masterclass Application Tips:
    #1. Priority is given to those who have not performed at a festival in previous years.

    #2.  Students should have their current teacher submit an emailed recommendation telling us a little bit about the applicant to assist in our decision. 

    #3.  Shortly after the application deadline, the board will review each of the applicants, and select 4 performers and an alternate. Selected performers will have a week to complete payment and confirm that they will be participating before their request is given to the alternate. 


    Competition Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 1st
    Festival Divisions, Youth Artist Divisions, and Specialty Divisions: 
    Sunday April 30th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Competition Registration Tips:

    #1.  You will need to be logged into our website, and your membership will need to be active in order to register for any SDFG competition.  You may check your membership status at any time by logging into the website and clicking on your Member Profile.

    #2.  Participants may not enter both a Youth Artist division and a Festival division.  However, participants mayenter a Festival Division OR Youth Artist, and also any/all of the available Specialty Divisions (Orchestral and Piccolo division(s)).

    #3.  A live pianist is required for all pieces with written accompaniment or piano reductions except for the Orchestral Audition Division.  The Orchestral division should not include a pianist for the required concerto. For festival divisions and the piccolo division, Smart Music, or other pre-recorded accompaniment may be used only upon special request. (Email us with your specific request).

    #4.  Be sure to check the time limits on your chosen competition division on the competition page before your choose your repertoire. For most divisions, we request that competitors not take repeats.

    #5.  The specialty divisions with no age limits (Orchestral and Piccolo) are for non-professionals of any age.  Teachers and adults who make their living playing the flute are not eligible to compete, but are eligible to play and receive comments only.

    #6. Teachers do not register and pay for their students as they have done in the past. Instead, students register themselves, and can pay directly through PayPal. 

    #7.  Please note that there are no scheduling requests, students and pianists should be available between 8 am and 4 pm on Sunday, April 30th.

    #8. Please be sure that you're filling out the registration form accurately and completely. (For example, if you are registering for a Youth Artist Division, please make sure you are entering the repertoire in the Youth Artist repertoire fields, rather than the Festival Division or Specialty Division repertoire fields). Please explore the competition page for all of the guidelines and to become familiar with each competition division so that you are sure to register for the correct competition.  
    You will need the following required information before registration: 
    • Teacher name and email
    • Accompanist name and email 
    • Competition Division(s)
    • Repertoire title (including movement name & movement number)
    • Composer name (first initial and last name)
    • You'll need to let us know whether or not you intend to perform on the winners' recital on May 13th (See tip #9 below)

    #9.  The Flute Guild will host a Winners' Recital on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 pm at the Coronado Public Library.  If you are chosen as a gold medalist in a festival division, or prizewinner in the Youth Artist or Specialty Divisions, you are eligible to perform in the winners' recital.   Before you register, please check your calendars, and check with your pianists to see if you are available to participate, and then state your intention to perform, or not to perform on your registration form.  By checking the intent to perform box on your registration, you will automatically be added to the program if you are a winner. 

    #10. Register early - Although the deadline is April1st for most competitions, we are recommending that you don't wait until the last minute to register.  Late and incomplete registrations are subject to a late fee. 

    Call for Volunteers:

    We could use room monitors, help with the info booth, photographers, runners, warm-up room helpers, help at the registration table, and much more!  If you are interested in helping out, please email us, and let us know if you are available to help out.  High School students are eligible for community service hours.



    Member News:

    Del Mar Flute Ensemble Class

    Spring Semester (16 weeks) 

    Begins February 8 through March 29
    (spring break 4/5)  April 12 through May 31st
    6:30 to 8:00 Wednesday

    Performance:  June 3rd

    Conductor: Rosalind Richards 760-497-2088

    Fee:  $300

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

    All ages; Intermediate/Advanced

  • Monday, January 09, 2017 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    Upcoming events, Registration Deadlines, and Flute News!

    January Newsletter

    Happy New Year to All

    We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season, and excellent start to your new year!  We at SDFG know how busy everyone is - especially this time of year, so we'll try to keep this brief!  Please scan below for some important registration deadlines, be sure that your membership is up to date, and that you're registered on time through our website so you don't miss out on any of these fantastic flute events!

    Chamber Festival

    Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2 - 6 pm at Oak Valley Middle School

    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. There are 6 competitive divisions and ensemble members will be awarded ribbons based on performance evaluations.  There will be a command performance recital to follow the awards ceremony.  Eligibility and guidelines are posted on the event page online, and fees are $10.

    Registration Deadline: January 14th, 2017

    Chamber Fest Info and Registration

    Young Artist Competition

    Preliminary Recordings Due February 26, 2017

    Final Competition is on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Point Loma Nazarene University.

    The San Diego Flute Guild invites you to compete in our highly esteemed Young Artist Competition.  There are $1750 worth of prizes awarded to the top three participants.  Flutists must be 18-30, members of the SDFG, and the fee is $50. All repertoire and preliminary round repertoire and recording guidelines are online.

    Should you have any questions or require further information, feel free to contact Cindy Anne Broz via email or by phone: 951-240-0448.

    Registration Deadline is February 26th, 2017

    YAC Info and Registration

    Spring Festival

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 9 am to 5:30 pm at Point Loma Nazarene University

    Spend the day at our Spring Flute Festival, flute fun for all ages! This festival features vendors, competitions, FUNdraisers, exciting concerts and classes. It is our desire to serve the SDFG membership and provide the best possible festival for everyone. It can’t be done without our capable board and other volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested in assisting us with the 2017 Spring Festival.  Also, please consider sponsoring a competition, advertising in our program book, or showing your flutes in our exhibit hall!  Registration for attending the 2017 festival features discount membership pricing for those logged in to the site as a San Diego Flute Guild member 

    Registration Deadlines are listed online for exhibitors, advertisers, and festival attendees.

    Spring Festival Information

    Sponsors / Exhibitors  / Advertisers

    Festival Day Passes

    Masterclass with Marianne Gedigian

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1-2:30 pm at Point Loma Nazarene University

    This year during the Spring Festival, 4 flutists will be chosen to perform for our featured guest artist, Marianne Gedigian. Applicants may perform flute or piccolo solos, with or without piano, and any orchestral excerpt.  Priority is given to those who have not yet performed in a festival masterclass.  Performers must be SDFG members, and the fee is $40 if selected to perform.

    Registration Deadline: April 1st, 2017

    Masterclass Registration

    Festival Competitions

    Sunday, April 30 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm at Point Loma Nazarene University

    There are 16 competition divisions each year, including 4 Young Artist Divisions, 2 Specialty divisions and 8 Festival Divisions.  For all information on the 2017 competitions please visit the Spring Festival Competition Page

    Registration Deadline: April 1st, 2017

    Competition Registration

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat

    June 20 - 25, 2017 at The Lodge at Palomar Mountain

    Come join us at the Lodge at Palomar Mountain for a 6 day/5 night flute retreat! Daily Warm-ups, masterclasses, lessons, ensembles, crafts and so much more make this an experience you will not want to miss. Our Guest Artist this summer is Sarah Jackson, Piccoloist of the LA Philharmonic. Open to flutists grades 5-12.

    6 day/5 night Retreat - $375

    Includes accommodations, home-cooked (& dietary conscious) meals, daily masterclasses, ensemble playing, lessons, activities, two days with Sarah Jackson, (includes Guest Artist Day) and much more flute fun! Grades 5 – 12 Limit: 28 Campers - slots are going fast!

    Guest Artist Day - $50

    Includes Sarah’s classes during the day, her concert in the evening, and meals for the day.         

    Camp Info and Registration

    If you are a member of a flute choir and are interested in performing in our Spring Festival, please email us by January 15th to request to perform.  Priority will be given to those who have not yet performed at our festival.

    Flute Choirs

    Members are welcome to submit news and events at any time, and they will be posted online, and in newsletters each month! Just send us an email, and we'll post for you!

    Member News

    Benefits of Membership:

    • Discount SD Symphony Tickets
    • Reduced prices for SDFG events
    • Membership directory listings for teachers and businesses

    Become a Member

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  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    December 2016 Newsletter

    Winona Grant 

    Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Chamber Fest

    Sunday, January 29, 2017
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Oak Valley Middle School
    16055 Wincreek Rd San Diego, CA

    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.  Registration is open, and we look forward to hearing you in January!


    • Elementary (2 or more flutes or mixed instrumentation) –  through 6th grade
    • Junior Duet (flutes or mixed instrumentation)  – through 9th grade
    • Junior Large Ensemble – 3 or more instruments (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 9th grade
    • Senior Duet (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 12th grade
    • Senior Larger Ensemble – 3 or more instruments (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 12th grade
    • Adult  (2 or more flutes or mixed instrumentation) – non-professional adults


    $10 per person, per ensemble

    Registration & Deadlines:

    Please choose one member of your ensemble to register your group, and you must be logged in as a current SDFG member to register.

    Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

    For more information and to register, log in here:

    Chamber Fest Registration

    Spring Festival

    We are so thankful to Flute FX, and WM. S. Haynes Co. for their generous sponsorship of our incredible artists this year.   For more information on our sponsors, please click on the logos below!

    Young Artist Competition

    The deadline to submit Young Artist Preliminary Recorded Round is February 26th, 2017.  If you are selected as one of the 6 finalists, you will have the opportunity to perform in the live final round in San Diego on Saturday, April 29th.  There are substantial cash prizes, and an additional winners' recital on Sunday, April 30th during the festival. 


    Other Competitions

    All competition repertoire has been posted, and registration is open now.  Please feel free to peruse the competition page for information on any of our competitive divisions that take place during our spring festival.  Please tell your friends, teachers, and band directors!  


    Flute Choirs

    If you are a member of a flute choir, or know of a flute choir that would like an opportunity to perform at the spring festival, please send us an email telling us a little about your group, and we will consider you to perform on our flute choir concerts, and to assist with the flute choir reading sessions.  

    Tell us about your choir!


    We are beginning to compile advertisements for our festival program.  

    • Half Page: $50, 5.25" x 4.215" (Including bleed room).
    • Full Page:  $100, 5.25" by 8.25" (including bleed room).

    Artwork needs to be in the form of a hi-res jpeg (300+dpi), and all jpegs need to be emailed no later than March 12th, 2017.



    Exhibitor Space will be made available on a first come, first served basis and space is limited, and must be confirmed by April 1st, 2017.

    Last year we were not able to accommodate all interested exhibitors and we expect the same this year. If you want to ensure your spot in this event PLEASE register early. 

    Fees: $100.00

    Tables are $25 each (max 2), and vendors provide their own tablecloths.

    Register as an exhibitor here.


    This year we have a large number of competitions, and we are asking for support in sponsoring a competition.  All sponsors will receive recognition in our program, on our website, and on Facebook. Thank you in advance for all of your generosity and support which enables the San Diego Flute Guild to provide the highest quality flute events in Southern California.  To sponsor a competition, please click here for more information.

    Youth Artist Elementary - $150

    Youth Artist Junior - $225

    Youth Artist Senior - $325

    Young Artist Competition

    1st place prize - $1000

    2nd place prize - $500

    3rd place prize - $250

    To be a partial donor, you can simply make a donation to the guild 


    For more information on advertising, exhibiting, or sponsorship please click the link below:

    Advertisers / Exhibitors / Sponsors

    Palomar Mountain Flute Retreat 

    We are thrilled to announce our 2017 summer camp with Guest Artist Sarah Jackson!  

    There are only 28 spaces, so register early by clicking on the poster below.

    Member News

    San Diego Flute Guild Busness Member "That Other Label" has a new CD to announce with flutist Kris Palmer! As a rare ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello, and guitar, Black Cedar creates, discovers, and re-imagines works for this unique combination. The trio’s accolades include grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, plus an invite to the National Flute Association Convention. Their recently released debut album, A Path Less Trod has earned critical praise, with Stephen Smoliar’s The Rehearsal Studio blog writing, “While the instrumentation is unconventional, it is surprisingly effective…Black Cedar is particularly effective for the rhetoric of intimacy they establish…an intimacy evident in the strategic command of understatement one encounters in the performances on this new album.”

    Remember, if you are a member, we will post your news and events on our site, on Facebook, and in our newsletter!  Just send us an email at any time. 

    Discounted San Diego Symphony Tickets

    If 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.  The next concert is not to miss!  To find out how to get your discount, log in to our website as a member, and click below!

    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    FRI FEB 3

    Jahja Ling, conductor
    Benjamin Beilman, violin

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
    SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Concerto No. 3
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

    Discount Tickets for SDFG Members

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  • Thursday, November 03, 2016 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    November Newsletter

    Dear Flutist,

    Please let us take a moment to express our thanks for your continued support for the San Diego Flute Guild. As usual, please let us know if you have any events that you'd like to share with our flute community, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
    San Diego Flute Guild

    Fall Members' Recital

    Saturday, November 5th, 2016 ~ 2:00 pm

    Coronado Public Library
    640 Orange Ave
    Coronado, CA 92118

    The recital is free and open to the public, we hope you can come join us! Performers include Megan Payne, Sergio Miragliotta, Erica Wang, and the Del Dios Jazz Flute Choir.

    More Information

    Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    Sunday, December 18th, 2016 ~ 2:00 pm

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

    The San Diego Flute Guild is happy to host the annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Concert, with two 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).

    SDFG Choir Information:

    • Beginning-Intermediate Choir is open to Elementary and Middle School flutists.
    • Advanced Choir is open to flutists High School age and adults.

    There will be 4 rehearsals prior to the concert:

    • Friday, November 11th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
    • Friday, November 18th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
    • Friday, December 2nd, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 17th, 9:00 to 11:00 AM In the sanctuary.

    All Friday rehearsals will meet concurrently in two different rooms at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

    Registration Deadline is: 

    Saturday, November 5th, 2016!

    Register Here

    2017 Chamber Fest

    Saturday, January 29th, 2017 ~ 2:00 - 6:00 pm

    Oak Valley Middle School
    16055 Winecreek Rd.
    San Diego, CA

    We are pleased to announce the 2017 Chamber Fest!  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.


    • Elementary (2 or more flutes or mixed instrumentation) –  through 6th Grade
    • Junior Duet (flutes or mixed instrumentation)  – through 9th Grade
    • Junior Large Ensemble – 3 or more instruments (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 9th Grade
    • Senior Duet (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 12th Grade
    • Senior Larger Ensemble – 3 or more instruments (flutes or mixed instrumentation) – through 12th Grade
    • Adult (2 or more flutes or mixed instrumentation) – non-professional adults


    • Adjudication panels include at least one professional flutist.
    • Judges will assign ratings of Superior, Excellent or Good based on the quality of the performance.
    • All judges decisions are final
    Awards / Awards Ceremony / Command Performance:
    • Ensemble members will be awarded ribbons (Superior, Excellent, Good) based on performance evaluation.
    • An Awards Ceremony will be held at the end of the day where ribbons and judges comments will be given
    • A “Command Performance” Recital will follow the Awards Ceremony which will include select “Superior” performances (judges will determine which ensembles will be asked to perform).


    • $10 per person, per ensemble
    Register Here
  • Sunday, October 02, 2016 2:38 PM | Anonymous
      Important Deadlines and announcements!  
      October Newsletter
    Dear Flutists,

    Welcome to the fall in California, where we all enjoy continued perfect weather, open skies and perhaps a little morning dew to keep us a bit cooler.  Thank you to all who have renewed your memberships and joined our new mailing list.  We appreciate your continued support, and the board is continually working on creating many beneficial and memorable events for you.  We have just a few details to share this month, so grab a cup of coffee, or tea, and read on.

    Membership Renewals

    Please note that as of October 1st, if you are a teacher or a business that has not renewed membership, your teacher or business listing will be removed from the directories. They will be placed back on the list upon receiving your renewal payment. You can become a new member, or renew your membership here.  

    Fall Members' Recital

    Looking for a fun & relaxed performance opportunity? The SDFG's Fall Members' Recital is the perfect place to share your gifts with our supportive flute community. Do you have a solo, with or without piano, that you'd like to play for an appreciate audience? Are you part of a flute ensemble that is interested in presenting a piece? Please join us for this delightful afternoon recital! Light refreshments will be served. Registration deadline is October 22, 2016.

     When: November 5th, 2016 @ 2pm
     Where: Coronado Public Library
    640 Orange Ave
    Coronado, CA 92118
     How: Click here for registration and all information!

    Winona Grant Holiday Flute Choir Concert

    We are thrilled to host the annual Winona Grant Holiday Flute Concert! There will be two flute choirs sponsored by the SDFG (beginning/intermediate & advanced) with which any and all flutists can register to perform. If you have an outside flute choir interested in performing, we welcome you as well... the more the merrier! We look forward to having friends, family and flute lovers help us celebrate the holiday season! It is free to attend the concert (free-will donations welcome). Registration deadline is November 5th, 2016.

    When: December 18th, 2016 @ 2pm
    Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1500 S. Juniper St.
    Escondido, CA 92025
     How: Click here for registration and all information!

    Spring Festival News and Announcements

    We have some very exciting news for the 2017 Spring Festival! First, the always inspiring and diverse Marianne Gedigian will be our Guest Artist, along with her pianist Collette Valentine!  Ms. Gedigian is Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music and was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade. We can't wait to have her here in San Diego with us!  

    Second, we have a new venue this year. Point Loma Nazarine University will be hosting the festival, with recitals and competitions in Crill Hall.  The campus is stunning, and we are so pleased to be working with them! All Spring Festival info can be found here.  April 30th, 2017 - save the date!


    The SDFG offers a variety of Spring Festival competitions to celebrate and reward flutists of all ages and levels. Registration for the competitions will open in January 2017, but the repertoire can be found now online here.  

    If you, or someone you know, is interested in sponsoring one or more of our competitions, please click here. These competitions are impactful experiences that support, encourage and motivate budding flutists! Sponsors will be acknowledged on our website and in the festival program booklet. Sponsorship amounts are:

    Young Artist Elementary:   $150 Total Cash Prizes
    Youth Artist Junior:             $225 Total Cash Prizes
    Youth Artist Senior:             $325 Total Cash Prizes
    Young Artist Competition: $1000 1st Place
                                                     $500 2nd Place
                                                     $250 3rd Place


    The early bird gets the worm!  If you send in your ad now for the Spring Festival 2017 program booklet, you will be featured on our website for the entire year!  Take advantage of this perk by clicking here.  

    Member Events and Announcements

    Check out our Member News and Events page on our website.  Here you will find even more opportunities for flutists in our community.  We are always happy to post announcements for our paid members.  Simply send us an email with any text, photos, fliers and links and we will post it on our page.  This is a great resource for our community, so we hope you will enjoy perusing the posts from our members!
    San Diego Flute Guild
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  • Monday, September 12, 2016 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Read on for more information on upcoming SDFG events, member announcements and membership information.

    September 2016 Newsletter

    Fall Member Recital

    Would you like to perform in a flute recital?  The Fall SDFG recital is open to all current members who wish to perform either solo, flute and piano or mixed ensemble music. Anyone of any level is encouraged to perform.  It is free to participate, and light refreshments will be served.  Donations are welcome to help offset the cost of the event, and any extra donations will be put towards the SDFG scholarship fund. Click below for more information and to register to perform. 

    Fall Member Recital

    Renew Your Membership

    Now is a perfect time to renew your SDFG membership. 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 will be updated on October 1st and will 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.  


    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! 

    Member Announcement Page

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    Annual Meeting of the Members

    Annual Meeting of the Members

    Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:00 PM

    Register online to RSVP, and receive directions and additional information about the event!

    National Flute Association - 2016 Convention Report

    The convention was a huge success - due largely in part to our San Diego Flute Guild Members! We are so fortunate to have such a diverse array of talent right here! 


    Flûtes de Salon (Cindy Anne Broz, Ruth Washington Mayhew, Tracy Goodwin and Cathy Blickenstaff), as well as The WindSong Consort (with Cindy Anne Broz) performed on the "Chamber Music by Daniel Dorff: A 60th Birthday Celebration"concert!

    Rose Lombardo, Sarah Tuck and Erica Peel performed brilliantly on the "San Diego Symphony Flutists!" concert which featured works by Katherine Hoover, 2016 NFA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

    Kate Prestia-Schaub performed the exhilarating work FlutePiece (written for SDFG member Maralyn Prestia) by Samuel Lancaster at the "20th-Century Standards and Not-So-Standards" concert.

    Pamela Vleik Martchev performed beautifully on the "Remembrance and Healing" concert.

    Cindy Anne Broz (with Cynthia Rugolo) performed three new duets for two flutes by Daniel Dorff on the Friday night "Exhibitors' Concert."

    The "Music from Around the World" concerts featured Camarada: Beth Ross Buckley (with our beloved pianist Dana Burnett); Carlos Aguilar and Elena Yarritu also performed some eclectic Argentinian works!

    Pam Vliek Martchev took the stage again with her husband Valentin Martchev with some chamber music at the "Flute and Friends" concert.

    Lynn Schubert Clausen performed in a quartet with Sally Humphreys, Rita Linard and Maury Wilkinson on the program honoring their former teacher James Pellerite, recipient of this year's NFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Lori Bell and Janelle Barrera performed on the "Outside the Box: Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Alternative" concert, and brought the house down!

    The Gala Concerto Concert Orchestra featured Erica Peel and Pam Vliek Martchev in the flute section. They sounded fantastic - singing and lyrical tones and impeccable intonation.


    We had Cheryl Bretsnyder speak on a panel on "How to Run a Successful Flute Club."

    Tenured SDSO member, Erica Peel, shared her experience on what it takes to win an audition in her presentation "Secrets of an Audition Winner: Five Steps to Success. Erica was also a judge for the Orchestral Audition and Young Artist Piccolo Competitions.

    Special Events

    Many of our student members participated in "Youth Flute Day” activities on Sunday. Each student got to play piccolo with the incomparable Peter Verhoyen and then enjoyed improvising with Project Trio! There were two flute choir reading sessions and even a low flutes petting zoo! We were so impressed with the students for getting up on stage and performing at the NFA!

    Team Work

    Cindy Anne Broz served as Local Arrangements Chair; Cheryl Bretsnyder and Judy Kelly served as Info Booth Coordinators; and Cindy Anne Broz and Kate Prestia-Schaub served as co-coordinators for the Youth Flute Day. Thank you team!

    Lastly, and most importantly, the San Diego Flute Guild community showed up to volunteer with willing hearts, smiling faces and such generous spirit. The NFA board was very impressed with our local flutists and said that they couldn't have done it without you.

    The San Diego Flute Guild leadership would like to congratulate everyone on their participation and for helping to make this such a memorable event!

    For more photos of the SDFG at NFA, check out our photos page!

    Renew Today!

    Remember your membership will end on August 31st. Teachers and Businesses will become unlisted shortly after the deadline.

    Member Events

    Check out the event listings from our members.  You're always welcome to send us your listing at any time for posting!

  • Monday, August 01, 2016 10:35 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Readers,

    We hope you've had a wonderful summer. The SDFG board has been working like busy little bees, and we hope to see you at our annual meeting of the members so we can tell you in person all of the exciting events we have in store for you for the 2016-2017 season.  For now, we'll give you some very important details on how to RSVP to the meeting, some events and exhibits to visit at the NFA convention this month, and some tips on how to renew your SDFG membership.

    Plus, read on for an exciting announcement regarding the SDFG website!


    San Diego Flute Guild

    Annual Meeting of Members

    You are invited to the San Diego Flute Guild's annual meeting at Ruth Mayhew's house.  We will play some flute choir tunes, discuss the upcoming year of events, and meet the new board.  

    Date: Sunday, August 21st

    Time: 4:00 p.m. 

    Please visit our website to register to attend this free meeting.  Location information and directions will be emailed upon your registration.

    Bring your flute and a stand. Light refreshments will be provided.

    To RSVP, register by August 15th here.

    SDFG Renewal Time

    It's time to renew your San Diego Flute Guild Membership.  This year, it's easier than ever to renew.  You can even set up an automatic renewal so you never lapse your SDFG membership.

    Through the new San Diego Flute Guild website, you will also have access to see your membership profile, and update your membership status at any time. 

    With your membership you will receive:

    • Performance opportunities
    • Discounted tickets and registration options for SDFG events
    • A list of pianists available for accompaniment
    • Discounted tickets for the San Diego Symphony
    • Special invitations to member only events

        .........and much more!

    To Renew

    Current SDFG Members: an account has already been created for you on our new site, and you should be getting a renewal invoice via email on or around August 7th. You can simply log in by entering your email address, then click "forgot password" and you can then create your own password to log in to the new site and renew your membership.

    Become a new member here.

    If any non-members have not yet joined our new mailing list after October 1st, you will no longer receive constant contact blasts from San Diego Flute Guild. Keep updated by filling out the "subscription form" for our new mailing list here.

    New SDFG Website

    The new website is designed with many suggestions made by members and the board.  We hope you take a moment to peruse the new design, and many of it's functions.  

    New Features:

    • Your own Member Profile
    • Member Only Content
    • Searchable Teacher Directory
    • Searchable Business Directory
    • Membership Directory (Available to business members only)
    • Built In Event Registration and Payments 

    You can control your contact info, email subscription preferences and privacy preferences right from your member profile.  

    The back end of the website will now handle our membership database, newsletter emails, events and much more!

    IMPORTANT: Since the new site handles member news and emails, we will be discontinuing the use of Constant Contact.  Constant Contact is currently how you are receiving your blasts, just like this one.  Current members of San Diego Flute Guild have been moved to the new site already, and you can log in using your email, and then create a new password.  Those of you who simply receive our mailing list and are not members will discontinue receiving these blasts after October 1st, and will need to sign up on the new site to start receiving emails.


    Annual Events

    November: Members Recital

    December: Holiday Flute Choir Concert

     January: Chamber Fest

     April: Young Artist Competition & Spring Flute Festival

     May: Festival Winner's Recital

     June: Summer Flute Camp

    Check out our event listings for more on our fantastic guest artists, and dates.  Registration for all events will be open soon.

    Youth Flute Day @ NFA

    Students ~ there is still time to become an NFA member, and register for the San Diego Convention.  

    More Info

    eBlast Information

    Constant Contact eBlasts will be discontinued after October 1, 2016.

    To continue receiving SDFG newsletters, please click here to become a member,  or join our new mailing list.

    SDFG Business MEMBERS at NFA

    • Altus Flutes ~ Booth #403
    • Flutacious ~ Booth #222
    • JL Smith & Co. ~ Booth #408
    • Sherry Lee Dealer of Fine Flutes ~ Both #614

    SDFG Members NFA Performances

    Chamber Music by Daniel Dorff: A 60th Birthday Celebration

    Thursday 9-10 am

    California Room

    Flûtes de Salon, Patricia Surman and the Windsong Consort present a concert of works by Daniel Dorff in celebration of his recent 60th birthday.

    San Diego Symphony Flutes!

    Thursday 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

    Atlas Ballroom

    Join San Diego Symphony flutists Rose Lombardo, Erica Peel, and Sarah Tuck for a varied program including works by Caliendo, Hoover, Kuhlau, Ran, and Schubert.

    20th-Century Standards and Not-So-Standards

    Thursday 10:45-12 p.m.

    Sunrise Room

    Mary Karen Clardy, the Pangaea Chamber Players (Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, flute), Kate Prestia-Schaub, and Lisa Garner Santa perform terrific works from the last century.  Join Kate after the concert at 12:30 for an artist meet at greet at the Powell Flutes Booth (#420).

    Remembrance and Healing Concert

    Friday 2-3:30 p.m.

    Royal Palm 4-5-6

    A performance of music dedicated to the memories of those we have lost, our loved ones, family, mentors, and teachers who inspired us to dedicate our lives and hearts to music. Coordinated by George Pope, with SDFG member Pam Vliek Martchev.

    Exhibitors Concert "C&C"

    Friday 6:00 PM

    Royal Palm 4-5-6

    Cynthia Rugolo and Cindy Anne Broz will offer the NFA premieres of Daniel Dorff's recently composed flute duets, Hustle Etude #1, Invention After BWV 1023, and Cindy (Based on the American Folk Song). 

    Music from Around the World No. 2

    Saturday 10:15-11:45 a.m.

    Regency Ballroom

    Flutists perform music form across the globe: Carlos Aguilar, Marco Granados, Teresa Orozco, and Elena Yarritu from Argentina; Duo Barrenechea from Brazil: Linn Annett Ernø from Norway: Ana María Hernández-Candelas from Puerto Rico: Anne-Marie Houy from Canada and New Zealand: and Ivana Zahirovic from Croatia.

    Flute and Friends No. 1

    Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Atlas Ballroom

    The Continental Drift Trio (Peter Sheridan and Judy Diez d'Aux, bass flutes), the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (Christine Moulton, flute), Pam Vliek Martchev, the Melago-Laubenthal Duo (Kathy Melago, flute), the Telos Trio (Rita George Simmons, flute), and the Zinkali Trio (L. Elise Carter, flute) bring a colorful mix of chamber ensembles.

    Outside the Box: Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Alternative

    Sunday 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Atlas Ballroom

    Sherry Finzer, Bryan Kennard, The Lori Bell Duo, Suzanne Teng, and That 70x Trio (Janelle Barrera, Flute) share music from a variety of non-classical genres.

    Secrets of an Audition Winner: Five Steps to Success

    Sunday 3:15-4 p.m.

    Garden Salon One

    Join Beatriz Macias, principal flutist with the Luxemburg Chamber Orchestra, and Erica Peel, solo piccoloist with the San Diego Symphony, as they share their personal outlook on what it really takes to win an audition. The class will underline five simple, but major, steps in preparing for and taking successful auditions.

    Member News

    Member Jon Fonville is retiring from UCSD and will be selling his flute music. He would like to offer members of the flute guild an opportunity to buy it.

    It covers all styles and periods, and includes exercises, etudes, solos, duets, trios and quartets. The prices are very reasonable as Jon would like to see it in good hands.

    Saturdays are the best days for meeting at his studio at UCSD.

    Please call Jon at:


    Member Elena Yarritu's new CD Emigrantes, Flute Music from Argentina will be available at Flute World.  It includes a newly commissioned work for flute and piano, one of the Argentine flute quartets as well as the Piazzolla Etudes in Duo form performed with tango flutist Paulina Fain, all composed/arranged by Exequiel Mantenga.

    Thank you for taking the time to read to the end!  Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions regarding membership and event registrations through the new website.

    San Diego Flute Guild
    c/o Kate Prestia-Schaub
    Winchester, California 92596

  • Saturday, July 02, 2016 10:02 PM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Flute Guild is excited to be launching the new website and membership database.  With the new site, we are eliminating the need for multiple platforms to manage and organize the guild.  Some of the new exciting features include:

    • Membership Profiles 
    • Automatic Renewals
    • Easy Event Registration and Payments
    • Easy Communication from our board to you!
    • Streamlined navigation and website organization
    As always, we welcome you to explore, investigate and send us any feedback or ideas you'd like to see on this new site!
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