San Diego Flute Guild

  • Chamberlain, N :: Asphyxia


    Chamberlain, N

    The word asphyxia is a medical term for a person's inability to breathe and lack of oxygen in the body. The symptoms of asphyxia can be light-headedness or dizziness. Playing the flute is an instrument that requires plenty of air supplied by the performer. Many young flutists will complain about being dizzy when first learning to play the flute, but after a few weeks the young flutist adjust to the new demands and the dizziness subsides. A veteran flutist will seldom experience dizziness. However, when relentless extended techniques are added, new athletic demands can bring the most experienced to gasp for air.

    Asphyxia was commissioned by the Oklahoma Flute Society for the final round of the 2016 Collegiate Competition on April 1, 2016 at the University of Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair.

    Honorable Mention for Flute New Music Consortium's 2016 Composition Competition in the solo category.

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  • Piazzolla, A :: Tango Etudes

    Tango Etudes

    Piazzolla, A

    Editions Henry Lemoine presents Astor Piazzolla's 'Tango etudes', or Etudes tanguistiques for flute, composed in 1987.

    Poverty drove Piazzolla's ancestors to emigrate from their homeland, and the young Astor was born of Italian parentage in Mar del Plata in Argentina on 11 March 1921. In 1925 the family moved to New York to try their fortune in the big city. As Astor Piazzolla has said himself, 'It was at the time of prohibition and the mafia...I hung around the streets more than I went to musical world gradually grew up round jazz, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway who I managed to hear at the door of the Cotton Club, although I was both too young and too poor to go in. My father used to play the old nostalgic tangos by Carlos Gardel on the gramaphone. For my ninth birthday he gave me a bandoneon (button accordian), and I had lessons with a teacher who introduced me to classical music'.

    in 1937 the Piazzolla family returned to Mar del Plata, but Astor was soon attracted more to the capital, and when only sixteen he moved to Buenos Aires, renting a small room as a lodger. He had been engaged as a bandoneon player in the band directed by Anibal Troilo, himself a specialist on the instrument, and was thus able to pay the rent with his first fees. At the same time he did not neglect his studies but took lessons in piano and harmony with a young teacher by the name of Alberto Ginastera, who went on to become a renowned composer.

    in 1946 Astor got his own 'tipica' band together, playing nothing but tangos. It was the springboard he needed for his own development: 'I played my own arrangements, and started using triple rhythms in what had been a very four-square rhythmic pattern up to then, and experimenting with bold harmonies'. His innovations, however, met with little success and the group disbanded. He renewed his studies even more enthusiastically and founded a new string orchestra - which led him right back to failure and bitter disillusionment. Still he persisted; his hard upbringing in New York had taught him to be stubborn, with an aggressive edge.

    The turning point came when Astor travelled to Europe in the 1950s to study conducting with Hermann Scherchen, and met Nadia Boulanger, the famous teacher of composition in Paris. She showed him that his identity was not in intellectual music but in the tango, spiced with a touch of classical style and jazz, and moulded by his own intuitive sense.

    Once back in Buenos Aires he formed his first octet in 1955 and, by using what he had learned from Ginastera and Boulanger, as well as phrasing borrowed from jazz, he made his tangos swing with new life. As was to be expected this caused quite a stir in the ranks of the conservative tango players, but Piazzolla was not to be deflected from his new course. From now on his tango was a distinctively modern form that he exploited with his new quintet which achieved fame for their 'tango nuevo'. International recognition was at last his, and concerts and recordings flowed unceasingly. From the 1960s until his death in July 1992, his success never stopped growing.

    From 1980 onwards, many classical guitarists started playing his music, and it was in response to a commission from the Argentinian guitarist Roberto Aussel that Piazzolla began writing for the guitar. His 'Histoire du Tango' for flute and guitar, as well as the 'Double Concerto' for guitar, banoneon, and string orchestra, are regularly performed and have been the subject of several recordings.

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  • Telemann, GP :: Zwolf Fantasien [Twelve Fantasias]

    Zwolf Fantasien [Twelve Fantasias]

    Telemann, GP

    This Barenreiter Urtext edition of the Twelve Fantasias for traverse flute without bass proves to be a faithful reflection of the age. Delight in playing, freedom in the form, in the time and in the key structure emphasize the improvisatory character of the works. The mosaic-like gaiety of the colors, along with the rugged architecture and a tendency to clearly-defined forms illuminate the antitheses which are peculiar to his genre. With regard to melody, Baroque emotions alternate with rococo-like delicacy.

    The Fantasias for flute without bass address themselves less to the virtuoso than to the student and amateur flutist, who will find everything they wishe in these pieces. Although Telemann himself may have lost track of his works, the many flutists who have perfected their technique and musical interpretation with the help of these lovely Fantasias will never forget them.

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The San Diego Flute Guild was formed in 1987 (with just 6 members) to host the 1988 NFA Flute Convention.  Since then, our membership has grown to over 300 student, adult aficionado, and professional flutists.

The San Diego Flute Guild is a wonderful organization, and not just for flutists.  We are increasing our outreach to coordinate with other musical / instrumental clubs and associations, as well as flute clubs / associations in the U.S. and abroad.  It is our goal to promote the Flute and Music through year-round events and outreach programs.

Preliminary Round recordings are due TBD April 2022

Young Artist Competition

The Young Artist Competition is open to flutists ages 18-30.  

  • 1st Place Prize: $1,500
  • 2nd Place Prize: $750
  • 3rd Place Prize: $500

Preliminary Recorded Round:

  • Astor Piazzolla, Tango Etude No. 3 - Molto marcato e energico
  • Contrasting work(s) or movement(s) not to exceed 10 minutes

Final Round:

  • 25-minute program of their own choosing

Collegiate Artist Competition

The Collegiate Artist Competition is open to flutists enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college, university, or conservatory for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

  • 1st Place Prize: $500
  • 2nd Place Prize: $200
  • 3rd Place Prize: $100

Preliminary Recorded Round:

  • Nicole Chamberlain, Asphyxia
  • Contrasting work(s) or movement(s) not to exceed 10 minutes

Final Round:

  • 15-minute program of their own choosing

Youth Artist Competition

(through & including 12th grade)

1st Place Prize: $200
2nd Place Prize: $150
3rd Place Prize: $100

Preliminary Recorded Round:

  • G.P. Telemann, Fantasie No. 1 in A Major for solo flute (no repeats)

Final Round:

  • Contrasting work(s) or movement(s) not to exceed 10 minutes