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2008.08.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@unomaha.edu

Heartland Community Flute Choir to Perform at National Flute Convention

Omaha - Under the direction of Christine Beard, associate professor of flute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the Heartland Community Flute Choir (HCFC) has been selected to perform at the 36th annual convention of the National Flute Association (NFA) this weekend, Aug. 7-10, in Kansas City, Mo.

Beard started HCFC in 2003. The UNO Music Department, the Nebraska Flute Club and Gemstone Musical Instruments co-sponsor the group. A non-auditioned ensemble boasting more than 30 students and community members from Nebraska and western Iowa, the HCFC plays on C flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes and performs a variety of music types consisting of original works for flute choir and arrangements of classical masterpieces, as well as traditional and popular tunes.

The HCFC auditioned to participate in this year's NFA convention, the largest flute conference in the world boasting more than 4,000 annual attendees.

"We've been working toward this goal since 2004 when it was announced that the 2008 convention was moving to Kansas City," Beard said. "Only one-third of the proposals for this year's conference were accepted, and the ensemble is very excited to represent UNO and flutists in Nebraska."

Beard will share conducting duties for this concert with UNO graduate Cindy Bassett, assistant director of the HCFC, and with her husband Michael Beard, a doctoral candidate in music at the University of Memphis and a UNO alum. The HCFC's concert is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Crowne Center.

For more information, visit http://www.heartlandflutes.org or contact Beard at cbeard@unomaha.edu or 554.2685.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008.  This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community.  The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908."  This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.  For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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