She was awarded winner of the Florida Flute Association’s Piccolo Masterclass Competition in November, and chosen as one of two flutists in the state to perform on Dr. Troy Paolantonio’s Orchestral Excerpt Masterclass in January at the Florida Flute Association Convention. Paolantonio is a flutist in the U.S. Army Field Band.
Gandiongco, who is a sophomore and an active member of the Student Activities Board, won a spot to perform in the Piccolo Masterclass Competition with Dr. Sarah Jane Young, professor of Flute from the King Hussein Foundation National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan.
Each year the Florida Flute Association sponsors competitions in various categories, open to advanced collegiate and professional flutists from across the state. Gandiongco won her competitions for the second consecutive year. She was the only community college student in the state to receive this recognition.
“It has been a pleasure to teach Dominique during her two years at CF,” said CF Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Professor Dr. Sarah Satterfield. “She has excelled in our music program, winning spots to perform not just at the Florida Flute Association Convention but also, for two years, at the Florida State College Winter Music Symposium. Dominique has an amazing gift for music.”
This is the first time that a CF student has won spots on the Florida Flute Association master classes.