Professorship Application for Christine E. Beard

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

The professorship guidelines state that 3-5 supporting documents are to be included. I have included 5 categories of supporting materials below, as it is impossible to select merely 5 individual events/performances that would demonstrate my national/international reputation as a respected performer and artist in my field. Links to related video files have been included when available. This list only includes activities since my promotion to full professor in 2013.

I. SIGNIFICANT FLUTE CONVENTION APPEARANCES

  • The National Flute Association (NFA) convention is the world’s largest flute organization and convention, boasting between 4,000-6,000 attendees worldwide each year. The NFA is the premier resource worldwide and is “valued by its members and relevant to all interested in the flute.” Participation in the annual NFA convention is by juried selection, with over 500 proposals submitted and less than 20% accepted each year. It is also considered rare for any performer to be selected or invited to perform in more than 2 events in any single convention. Though I have been on the program of 15 conventions since 2002, I am only including those since 2013, when my national/international reputation was firmly established within the NFA (i.e. when they began to include me in larger events and projects).

NFA 2018: The Orlando convention marked my 15th NFA appearance since 2002. This year my engagements included 1.) the NFA premiere of "Milonga Carmaga" for piccolo and piano by Exequiel Mantega [VIDEO]; 2.) a Venezuelan piccolo duo entitled "!Que si te lo digo!" by Ricardo Teruel; 3.) performing a feature concert with the International Superflutes Collective and the International Liaison Ensemble; 4.) serving as a judge for the final round of the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition; 5.) performing for the Flutopia pre-convention benefit concert; 6.) and my 3rd year serving on the NFA piccolo committee.

 

PROGRAM 1 |  PROGRAM 2  | PROGRAM 3 

NFA 2017: My Minneapolis NFA convention performances included 1.) the NFA premieres of 2 new piccolo solos by American composers Jay Vosk [VIDEO] and Dana Wilson; 2.) a 50-min featured flute recital with flutist Judy Hand performing works by the late American composer Keith Gates [VIDEO 1] [VIDEO 2]; 3.) the world premiere of a new trio for piccolo, flute and alto flute by American composer Herman Beeftink [VIDEO]; 4.) conducting UNO's Heartland Community Flute Choir in a concert of works by Nebraska composer James Michael Sellers; 5.) leading a NFA flute choir reading session; 6.) performing on a concert celebrating Canada's 150th birthday; and 7.) my 2nd year serving on the NFA piccolo committee.

 

PROGRAM 1 |  PROGRAM 2  | PROGRAM 3 | PROGRAM 4 | PROGRAM 5 | PROGRAM 6 | PICCOLO COMMITTEE

NFA 2016: The San Diego NFA convention included 1.) my performing the world premiere of a new piccolo solo written for me by Nebraska composer Daniel Baldwin; 2.) a full feature recital with my chamber ensemble from Brazil [VIDEO]; and 3.) my 1st year serving on the NFA piccolo committee.

 

PROGRAM 1 |  PROGRAM 2  | PICCOLO COMMITTEE

NFA 2015: The Washington, D.C. convention included 1.) performing the world premiere of a new piccolo duo [VIDEO] by David Loeb, co-commissioned and performed with Mary-Ann Archer (piccolo, NY MET Orchestra, retired, who heard me perform at the Chicago convention and contacted me about collaborating on a project, resulting in this commission and performance); and 2.) being featured in 2 performances on the final Closing Ceremonies concert with the International Super Flutes [VIDEO], and a piccolo showcase with the U.S. Army Field Band [VIDEO].

 

PROGRAM 1 | PROGRAM 2

NFA 2014:  In Chicago, I performed  in 1.) a concert featuring 12 of the most prominent piccolo players from around the world; 2.) I premiered a new piccolo solo [VIDEO] by David Loeb and was asked to share the stage with internationally renowned low flutes specialist Peter Sheridan in a duo for piccolo and subcontrabass flute by Australian composer Houston Dunleavy (this is where Mary-Ann Archer heard me perform, as mentioned above in NFA 2015). I was also invited by Canadian composer Derek Charke to perform on 3.) an entire concert featuring the Charke Collective, a group of professional flutists from North America hand-picked by the composer to premiere his music.

PROGRAM 1 | PROGRAM 2 | PROGRAM 3

 

NFA 2013:  In New Orleans, I was 1.) invited to perform a duo concerto with the NFA flute orchestra in the opening ceremonies concert with Sarah Jackson (piccolo, Los Angeles Philharmonic); 2.) I gave the world premiere of “To the Nth Degree” for piccolo & piano [VIDEO] written for me by UK composer Matthew Smith; 3.) was invited to collaborate in the world premiere of “Raga Nau” [VIDEO] (listed in program as “New Orleans Flute Quintet”) by Derek Charke; and 4.) I was invited to perform in the closing ceremonies in the International Flute Orchestra of the Americas - a professional group compiled by Angelieta Floyd, who I met and worked with in Costa Rica (NOTE: this is where I met Cesar Vivanco, director of the Peru Festival, who – after hearing me play – invited me to be a guest artist at his festival in 2014).

PROGRAM 1 | PROGRAM 2 | PROGRAM 3 | PROGRAM 4

  • The Canadian Flute Association was founded in 2012 by Samantha Chang. In 2013 the CFA held their first International Flute Convention. Participation was strictly by invitation, and I was one of only 2 piccolo players invited to appear as headliner artists that year (the other being Sarah Jackson of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra).
     

CFA PROGRAM 2013

  • The Spanish Flute Convention held by the Asociación de Flautistas de España (AFE) was started in 2010, and I was invited to be one of the principal guest artists for their 3rd convention in 2014. I performed a solo recital of piccolo music by American composers, and to taught a piccolo masterclass.

AFE PROGRAM 2014 

II. SIGNIFICANT INTERNATIONAL FLUTE FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

  • The International Piccolo Festival held in Grado, Italy is the world's most prestigious piccolo-specific event, directed by Nicola Mazzanti, solo piccolo of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. I was invited to serve in July 2018 as a guest artist for the 5th installment, alongside piccoloists Jennifer Gunn (Chicago Symphony), Pamela Stahel (Zurich Opera Orchestra), and Matjaz Debeljak (Slovenian Radio Orchestra). I taught piccolo lessons, performed a full solo recital (the only guest artist to do so), and performed in the festival's finale concerto concert.

IPF SOLO PROGRAM 2018

  • The Festival Internacional de Flautistas en el Centrol del Mundo held in Quito, Ecuador is the second oldest flute festival in South America (27 years). Organized by Luciano Carrera, principal flute in the National Symphony of Ecuador (retired), he invited me to make my 1st guest artist appearance at this significant festival in 2017. [VIDEO EXCERPT] (My participation in this festival yielded 2 new graduate students from Ecuador who have come to UNO to study with me for their Master of Music degrees beginning in August 2108).

ECUADOR PROGRAM 2017

  • The Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru is the oldest flute festival in all of South America (31 years). Established by Cesar Vivanco, professor of flute at the National Conservatory of Peru, appearance at the festival is by invitation from Maestro Vivanco. I met and performed alongside Cesar in the Flute Orchestra of the Americas at the 2013 National Flute Association Convention, after which he invited me to be a guest artist at the XXIX Peru festival. I was invited to appear as a guest artist at this festival in 2014, 2015 & 2016. My experiences in Peru also inspired my spring 2017 sabbatical research project - dedicated to researching and collecting music for flute by living Peruvian composers - entitled "The Flute in Peru in the 21st Century."  Highlights of the project was presented as a lecture-recital at UNO in October 2017. [VIDEO]

  • Costa Rica’s Festival Internactional de Flauta is the oldest (10 years) and largest flute festival in Central America. It is run by Gabriel Goñi, principal flute of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra (who I met at Beaumadier’s festival in France). I have been a regular guest artist at this biannual festival since 2013; I will return for my 4th festival in 2019.

 

COSTA RICA PROGRAMS 2013 & 2015 | COSTA RICA PROGRAMS 2017

  • The Adams International Flute Festival is sponsored by the largest musical retail company in Europe, the Adams Music Co. I was invited to be one of their primary guest artists for their 11th annual festival in The Netherlands to teach piccolo masterclasses and perform a recital. I opted to feature my duo, the Beard-Wolff Duo, for the recital portion of my activities.

 

ADAMS FEST PROGRAM 2016

 

III. SELECT SOLO CONCERTO PERFORMANCES

  • In July 2018 I performed with Italy's Orchestra Harmonia Mundi for the International Piccolo Festival's finale concerto concert, playing Pergolesi's Concerto in G Major for piccolo and strings. VIDEO 1 | VIDEO 2

 

Italy 2018 CONCERTO PROGRAM 

  • In May 2017 I was invited by the orchestra’s Music Director, Evandro Matté, to be the guest concerto soloist with the Orquesta Sinfônica de Porto Alegre in Brazil. I performed Concerto Boriken by the Puerto Rican composer, Ernesto Cordero, which was the Brazilian premiere of this work. [Also see related AMERICAN PRIZE SEMI-FINALIST under OTHER SIGNIFICANT RECOGNITION, below].

OSPA CONCERTO PROGRAM & NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

 VIDEO (Full performance)

  • In September 2016, I was invited by the orchestra’s Director, Gustavo Fontana, to be the guest concerto soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Mendoza in Argentina, as part of the celebrations surrounding the VIII Festival Flautas del Mundo (World Flutes Festival). I performed Concerto Boriken by the Puerto Rican composer, Ernesto Cordero, which was the Argentine premiere of this work.

MENDOZA CONCERTO PROGRAM

 

IV. CD RECORDINGS (collaborations)

  • In December 2018, one commercial CD was released for which I was a collaborating performer:

DANIEL WOLFF

Iberoamericano

NOVODISC - 2018

*Christine Beard is featured on Track 11*

TRACK LISTINGS

  • In 2015, two commercial CDs were released on major labels for which I was a collaborating performer:

 

JEAN-LOUIS BEAUMADIER

Postcards: World Music for Piccolo, Vol. 2

SKARBO - 2015

*Christine Beard is featured on Tracks 4-6*

PRESS REVIEWS | TRACK LISTINGS

NEWBERRY’S VICTORIAN CORNET BAND
Thomas Coates: The Father of American Band Music

MSR CLASSICS - 2015

*Christine Beard is featured on ALL Tracks*

PRESS REVIEWSCD LINER NOTES

 

V. OTHER SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

  • January 2019: I have been selected as a Finalist in the Professional Soloist Division of THE AMERICAN PRIZE national competition (2018-2019) for my live performance of "Concerto Boríken" by Ernesto Cordero with OSPA.

    • The competition is ongoing and the Winners will be named at a later date in 2019.​

    • The American Prize began in 2009, and is awarded annually. It is open to USA musicians featuring music by American composers, and recognizes the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year through a national juried process.

      • October 2018: I was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Professional Soloist Division of THE AMERICAN PRIZE national competition (2018-2019) for my live performance of "Concerto Boríken" by Ernesto Cordero with OSPA.

  • Summer 2017:  I was included as one of 25 featured flutists for Caliendo World Publishing's "2T Academy." This project features hour long interviews with each artist in an online, paid subscription educational forum. Watch the PROMOTIONAL VIDEO.

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  • Summer 2016: I was interviewed for Flute Talk magazine (the most important flute journal in the USA behind only the NFA’s Flutist Quarterly) for their 10-month series of artist interviews for the "Let's Talk Picc" column, focusing on respected piccolo players from around the world (published January 2017: ARTICLE).

 

  • June 2016: I was invited to become one of a select performers on the international ARTIST ROSTER for the Sankyo Flute Company (Japan), one of the world’s most elite makers of handmade professional flutes.

  • Summer 2015: I was invited to be a featured artist for Caliendo World Publishing Company’s “2T Talent” program featuring music by American composer Christopher Caliendo.

 

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