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Woodwind Studies

Woodwind majors at UNO are taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers, and our students are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities. The programs of study for woodwind majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods; our mission is to prepare each student to be a versatile and knowledgeable musician for the varied opportunities available in the professional music field today.

Two degrees are offered for woodwind majors at UNO: a Bachelors Degree in Music with a concentration in either performance or education, and the Masters Degree in Music with a concentration in either performance or education. The education concentration is for students interested in becoming certified music teachers or, at the Masters level, for students who wish to hone their pedagogical skills. The performance concentration is for accomplished instrumentalists who aspire to a career in performance and/or to teach at the collegiate level, many of whom go on to graduate school for further preparation.

In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists. Recent master classes and guest artist recitals presented for our woodwind students have included Thomas Robertello (flute), Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo), Tadeu Coelho (flute), Rebecca Henderson (oboe), Michelle Vigneau (oboe), Jason Sudduth (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet), Albie Micklich (bassoon), Adam Trussell (bassoon), Chip McNeill (saxophone), Kim Richmond (saxophone) and Steve Wojokowski (saxophone).

Woodwind Faculty:

Dr. Christine Beard, flute/piccolo
Mrs. Cynthia Nichols, clarinet
Mr. Adam Trussell, bassoon
Mr. Darren Pettit, saxophone
Mr. Tom Cosby, oboe

Ensemble Opportunities for Woodwind Students:

Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
University Band
Jazz I
Jazz II
Flute Duos, Trios and Quartets
Heartland Community Flute Choir
Saxophone Quartets
Mixed chamber ensembles

Studio Information

Flute Studio

For more info about woodwind studies at UNO, please contact Dr. Christine Beard at 554-2685 or