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B i o g r a p h y

Described by the Canadian journal, Flute Focus as, “...having shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers," flutist Christine Erlander Beard enjoys an active international career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. A passionate performer noted for her "great expressive tone and range" (Christopher Caliendo, composer) and her “...capacity to reveal the deep soul of a composition” (Martin Rokeach, composer), she has performed extensively across North America, South America and Europe, including 15 conventions of the National Flute Association and 3 British Flute Society International Conventions, and regularly serves as a guest artist on the international flute festival circuit, most recent of which includes the International Piccolo Festival (Italy), the Zodiac Festival (France), and the Puerto Rico Flute Festival. Upcoming engagements in 2023 include serving as a guest artist for flute festivals in Switzerland, Spain, Peru, and Costa Rica; as well as performances in AR, CO, KS, IL, ND, TX, WY, and at the MidAtlantic Flute Convention in Washington, D.C.


Highlights of recent seasons include solo performances with the Orquestra Filarmonica de Mendoza (Argentina), the Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Orchestra Harmonia Mundi (Italy), and the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Recently awarded Second Prize in the prestigious American Prize Competition's Professional Soloist division, Christine can be heard alongside the French piccolo legend Jean-Louis Beaumadier on his CD, Postcards: World Piccolo, Vol. 2; with Brazilian guitarist Daniel Wolff on his newest CD, Iberoamericano; and with Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band on two CDs: Victorian Era Music for Brass Band by Thomas Coates, and Wind Band Music of the Gilded Age, the latter of which features Beard performing August Damm's "Through the Air" for solo piccolo and brass band. As a core member of the International SuperFlutes Collective, she has concertized in Japan, Brazil, Costa Rica, the UK, and at numerous NFA conventions in the USA.


Passionate about collaborating with composers, Christine has commissioned and/or premiered dozens of new works from composers across the globe. Well known for her decade-long collaborations with British composer Matthew Smith, her most recent commissioning projects include joining consortiums for new music for flute by Amanda Harberg, Valerie Coleman, Samuel Zyman, and Reena Ismail; and new piccolo compositions by Leanna Keith, Amanda Harberg, Jim Stephenson, and Daniel Wolff. Christie’s newest endeavor is to encourage music with social justice themes that inspire dialogue and social activism: #theflutistactivist initiative brought forth two new pieces in 2020-21 the first for flute and mixed media by Leanna Keith based on gun violence in the USA; and a work piccolo and piano inspired by the global warming crisis by Herman Beeftink. In 2024 Christie will premiere the 3rd piece in the series, "C10H15N" for piccolo and piano by Linthicum-Blackhorse, a theatric work paraphrasing the drug epidemic in America.


In 2007, Beard founded the International Piccolo Symposium, an intense 4-day workshop held 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. Christie has served the National Flute Association as a member of both its Piccolo Committee and Scholarship Committee, as a regular adjudicator for the NFA Piccolo Artist competition, and as a contributing editor for the NFA's journal, The Flutist Quarterly. She has appeared on an episode of the Flute 360o podcast; contributed to "Practice With the Experts: Piccolo Edition" compiled by Erica Peel; is featured in Theodore Presser's book, "It's Performance Day!" authored by Cathy Herrera; and her pedagogical articles and columns have been published in Pan (British Flute Society's journal), The Flutist QuarterlyFlutewiseThe Flute ExaminerFlute Talk, and The Instrumentalist.


Christine earned her MM and DMA in flute performance from The University of Texas at Austin where she was a student of Karl "Fritz" Kraber. She teaches flute/piccolo, chamber music, and contemporary music literature at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she was named UNO’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor and was also selected as UNO's recipient for its campus-wide Award for Distinguished Research of Creative Activity. A regular substitute player with the Omaha and Sioux City Symphonies, she is a Sankyo Flutes artist and a piccolo artist for Hernandez Flutes. In addition to performing, Beard's research interests include music by exiled/banned/censored/persecuted composers, as well as the role of music during the Holocaust and music composed for flute by victims of the Holocaust. Christie plays on a 5K-DT Sankyo flute, and on a Burkhart Elite Deluxe multi-trill piccolo with gold tenons paired with a quebracho wood headjoint made by Julio Hernandez.

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Recent News

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SuperFlutes Head to La Côte, Switzerland

July 2024

The International SuperFlutes Collective has been invited to perform at the Swiss Flute Society's "Golden Flute Classic" (formerly La Côte Festival) in October 2024.

Beard a National Finalist in 2 Categories of the American Prize Competition 2023-2024

June 2024

Christie is a finalist in both the Professional Soloist category and the Ernst Bacon American Music division competition for her performance of "Hall of Ghosts" (2020) for solo piccolo by Amanda Harberg.

Piccolo FOR SALE

Nov. 21, 2019

Time to sell my trusty old friend! Here are the details: Roy Seaman signature LTD piccolo; Solid silver keys; Split E (can be turned off/on); Wave-style headjoint; Used professionally by one owner (me); New ones are selling for $3,500.00; I am asking $2,250.00. Option for ADDITIONAL piccolo headjoint by Julio Hernandez (add $785+ depending on style). Contact me for details! 🎶

Announcing #theflutistactivist Initiative

September 1, 2019

Check back for details SOON about Christie's newest project, #theflutistactivitst initative!

Meet the Newest Member of the Family

August 1, 2019

Christine is the proud new owner of a Burkhart Elite Deluxe multi-trill piccolo! This beautiful instrument also features 14K tenons and a vented C key. She can't wait to unveil it at UNO on 9/15 and at the Chicago Flute Convention in November!

SECOND PLACE: The American Prize

April 30, 2019

Flutist Christine Beard has been awarded Second Prize in the 2018-2019 Instrumental Soloist Professional Division of The American Prize! Visit for complete information.

Kayser Chair awarded to Beard

April 2019

Christine Beard has been named to the Kayser Chair at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, starting in September 2019, for her outstanding Creative Activity and Research.

Christine Beard joins the Whole Musician Team!

March 9, 2019

The Whole Musician team is excited to announce that Christine Beard has accepted an invitation to join their faculty roster! Visit the WM website to find out more about this groundbreaking nonprofit group and their upcoming retreat schedule.

Beard recipient of UNO's ADROCA 2018-2019

February 1, 2019

Christine Beard has been selected as the 2018-2019 recipient of University of Nebraska at Omaha's campus-wide Award for Distinguished Creative Activity or Research (ADROCA), becoming only the 2nd faculty member in UNO's history from Music, and only the 3rd from ANY arts-related field to receive the honor.

Beard Featured on Daniel Wolff's New CD

December 20, 2018

Flutist Christine Beard is featured on Track 11 "California Card" of Brazilian guitarist Daniel Wolff's solo new CD, Iberoamericano, released on the Novodisc label, December 2018.

Hernandez Flutes in the USA!

August 15, 2017

Following his well-received presence exhibiting at the 45th National Flute Association Convention, Christine Beard will be assisting Julio Hernandez in making a select number of his headjoints available to flutists in the USA. If you are in North America and would like to set up a trial, contact Christie for details!

Christine Beard Joins Sankyo Flutes International Artist Roster!

July 1, 2016

Christine Beard has been named to the Sankyo Flutes International Artist Roster. "I have played my Sankyo 5K-DT flute since 2007 and in that time it has totally transformed my flute playing. I am excited to be a part of the Sankyo team and look forward to what the future holds!"

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Commissions & Premieres

* denotes works that were commissioned by &/or written for Christine Beard

^ denotes works that were commissioned a consortium in which Christine contributed

# Christine was involved in the premiere performance of the work

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