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The Festival of Woodwinds set for Feb. 3

Published Sunday, January 28, 2024

William Cedeño, guest artist
William Cedeño, guest artist

The Festival of Woodwinds is a day-long workshop for woodwind players featuring guest flutist, William Cedeño.  The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 at SMSU. The day will include woodwind choir rehearsals, a guest recital, a guest masterclass, and a Finale Concert. The event is open to any and all woodwind players regardless of age or ability level. It is also open to directors and other musicians interested in woodwind performance.

Registrations $20 per person (includes lunch). Directors bringing five or more students can receive a discounted rate. Contact Dr. John Ginocchio at to inquire. Application materials available online:

Schedule for the day:
        8:30-9:00 a.m.             Registration/Check-in
        9:00-9:30 a.m.              Warm-ups
        9:30-10:45 a.m.            Woodwind Choir rehearsal
        11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Guest clinician recital (free & open to the public in the Fine Arts Theatre)
        12:00-1:00 p.m.             Lunch (provided)
        1:00-2:30 p.m.             Workshop session / Masterclass  
        2:45-4:30 p.m.              Woodwind Choir rehearsal
        5:00 p.m.                      Finale concert (free & open to the public in the Fine Arts Theatre)

Guest Artist, William Cedeño

Principal Flutist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, William Cedeño, was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his musical career at the age of 9 in the world-renowned Venezuelan program, “El Sistema.”  In 2003, William was accepted into the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music and entered the studio of Miguel Pineda for flute and piccolo.  A few months after that, he won the principal position at the Francisco de Miranda Orchestra.

After moving to the United States, William attended Idyllwild Arts Academy as a post-graduate high school student under a full scholarship and joined the studio of Sara Andon.  He has participated in master classes with teachers such as Carol Wincenc, James Galway, Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Dick, and Jean Ferrandis.  In 2011, he was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he finished his undergraduate studies in the studio of Timothy Day.  His most recent accomplishments include winning the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, the Miami Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. William recently finished his first year of a master’s degree program in Flute Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Leone Buyse.

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