University of Washington DMA flute student Gemma Goday won two competitions recently sponsored by the National Flute Association, winning performance spots at the organization’s annual convention in August 2017 in Minneapolis. Her travels to Minneapolis for the convention will be supported through a scholarship award from UW Music granted in recognition of her accomplishments.
Goday won both The Convention Performers Competition and the Baroque Flute Masterclass Competition in the association’s annual competition. The Convention Performers Competition, open to all professional flutists and flute teachers, earns the winner a performance spot at the 2017 NFA Convention on a program devoted to music that has been published within the past year and pre-selected from winners of the Newly Published Music Competition.
The triennial Baroque Flute Masterclass Competition, open to all flutists, selects three baroque flutists to perform for master teacher Jed Wentz at the 2017 NFA Convention.
“It is a special honor to be recognized for one competition,” says UW flute professor Donna Shin, Gemma’s primary teacher at the UW, “but winning in two categories is quite unheard of. Unlike some of the other age or educational-restricted categories, both of her winning categories were open to professional flutists of all ages and levels. It is also interesting to note that her winning categories are in Baroque and modern flute performance, opposite ends of the performance spectrum.”
Goday displays both interests at the School of Music, where she has been involved this year on performances by the UW Baroque and Modern Music Ensembles as well as several concerts and events featuring music from across the ages. She appears with the UW Baroque Ensemble on May 23, 7:30 pm, Brechemin Auditorium, performing the Flute Concerto in D Minor by CPE Bach.