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  • 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!
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    Contact email: sandiegofluteguild@gmail.com
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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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