- Coordinator of Woodwind Studies, Flute & Piccolo
BiographyDescribed 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 highly sought after 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 twelve conventions of the National Flute Association; three British Flute Conventions; as well as flute festivals in Costa Rica, Slovenia, France, Canada, Peru
As a chamber artist, Christine regularly performs as a member of Zephyrus with percussionist, Tomm Roland. Formed in 2010, this dynamic ensemble has toured across the Midwest and has been featured at the International Festival Flautas del Mundo in Mendoza, Argentina; the NACWPI conference; and at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University.
In addition to her active performance schedule, Christine is the Piccolo Artist for Gemeinhardt Flutes 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 and the American Musical Instrument Society International Conference at Yale. 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 (www.piccolosymposium.com).
Dr. Beard earned her MM and DMA in flute performance from The University of Texas at Austin (1998, 2003). She joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002 where she serves as Professor of Flute, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies, and Graduate Program Chair. Her current teaching duties include flute, flute choir, chamber music, and conducting UNO’s contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble 768. She was selected as the 2011 recipient of UNO’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and in 2013 she was awarded the Regents-Foundation Endowed Professorship for her outstanding creative activity and research. In her spare time, she serves as the creator/webmaster for PiccoloHQ.com. Christine plays exclusively on a Roy Seaman Ltd. piccolo and a handmade Sankyo 5K DT flute.
Research and Creative Activity InterestsFlute/piccolo performance and pedagogy, chamber music, contemporary music
EducationBM, Arkansas State University
MM, University of Texas at Austin
DMA, University of Texas at Austin