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Dr. Christine E. Beard

Associate Professor of Flute / Coordinator of Woodwind Studies
Strauss PAC 224
phone: (402) 554-2685
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Described by Flute Focus as "…having shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers," flutist Christine Erlander Beard enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Quickly achieving international recognition as a performer and advocate for the piccolo, she has performed extensively across the U.S., Europe and South America, including ten of the previous twelve conventions of the National Flute Association (2002-2013); the 2013 Festival Internacional de Flauta de Costa Rica; the 2013 Canadian Flute Convention; the 2011 European Piccolo Festival in Slovenia; the 2010 Fete International de la Flute in France; and two British Flute Society International Conventions in Manchester (2008, 2012). Upcoming engagements include performances at the Spanish Flute Convention in Seville (April 2014); the International Flute Festival in Lima, Peru (May 2014); the British Flute Convention (August 2014); and the release of her debut solo piccolo CD, To the Nth Degree (summer 2014).

As a chamber artist, Christine regularly performs as a member of Zephyrus with percussionist, Tomm Roland. Formed in 2010, this duo has toured across the Midwest and was featured at the 2012 Festival Flautas del Mundo in Mendoza, Argentina; the 2011 NACWPI conference at the University of Florida; and at the 2011 Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University.

In addition to her active performance schedule, Christine is the Roy Seaman Piccolo Artist for the Gemeinhardt Flute Co. and in that role has presented piccolo clinics and lecture-recitals at state music conferences and flute festivals across the U.S., including the International Wind Music History Symposium (2006) and the American Musical Instrument Society International Conference at Yale (2007). A contributing editor for the NFA's Flutist Quarterly, her pedagogical articles and columns have been published in Flute Talk, the Flutist Quarterly, Flutewise and The Instrumentalist, and her arrangement of Eugene Damare's "The Wren Polka" for solo piccolo and band has enjoyed performances across the U.S. and Europe.

In 2007, Christie founded the International Piccolo Symposium, an intense 4 day workshop held every other year at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The goal of IPS is to bring piccolo players and enthusiasts together from all over the world to learn about and discuss solo, chamber and orchestral music featuring the piccolo, and pedagogical issues specific to the piccolo, led by some of the world's leading piccolo players (

Dr. Beard earned her MM and DMA in flute performance from The University of Texas at Austin where she was a student of Karl F. Kraber. She joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002 where she serves as the Regents/Foundation Professor of Flute, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies and Graduate Program Chair. In 2011, she received UNO's Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and in 2013 she was awarded an endowed professorship for her outstanding creative activity and research. In her spare time, she serves as the creator/webmaster for Christie plays exclusively on a Roy Seaman Ltd. piccolo and a 5K DT Sankyo flute.