UNO Flute Studio

UNO flute studio in Chicago's Millenium Park (November 2019)

Welcome to the Flute Studio at the University of Nebraska at Omaha


The first step in the college process is to apply to the University. Follow this link to start the official application process!


Once you've applied to the university, you can schedule a music audition for acceptance into the School of Music. Follow this link for audition requirements, the scholarship application, and to schedule an on-site audition. (Note: contact Dr. Beard for pre-recorded or Skype audition options - available only to students outside a 200-mile radius of Omaha).


The UNO School of Music offers generous scholarships to music majors who have applied to UNO and audition prior to March 1st of each year! Contact Adam Hilt at for more information and to schedule an audition.


If you've not already done so, contact Dr. Beard to let her know you're interested in studying with her at UNO! Follow the link to send her an email, or you can contact her directly at or call to leave a message at (304) 804-PICC.

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Flutists from Around the World Travel to Omaha to Perform & Work With Students at UNO Each Year

Opportunities to work with national and internationally acclaimed artists on the UNO campus are also abundant: since 2003, guest artists/clinicians to UNO and Omaha have included Carol Wincenc (Julliard), Alheli Pimienta (Mexico/Canada), Paul Edmond Davies (London Symphony, retired), Christopher Lee (Canada), Peter Sheridan (Australia), Liz Virgili (Sankyo Flute Co.), Tamara Evans Yonce (Univ South Dakota), Sergio Pallottelli (Italy/TX), Horacio Massone (Argentina), Regina Helcher (Charleston Symphony), Pablo Salcedo (UN-Cuyo, Argentina), Connor Nelson (BGSU), James Hall (Univ Northern Colorado), Maria Harding, flute (Omaha Symphony), In Sterio flute duo (Erica Peel and Shivhan Dohse), Duo Pelliroja flute duo (Leslie Marrs, Drake Univ and Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, Appalachian State Univ), Caen Thomason-Redus (Univ Milwaukee), Leonard Garrison (Univ Idaho), Amy Porter (Univ Michigan); Sonja Giles (Iowa State Univ),  John Bailey (UNL), Thomas Robertello (Indiana Univ), Nicole Esposito (Univ Iowa), Joe Bonner (Arkansas State Univ), Brooks DeWetter-Smith (UNC Chapel Hill), Karl F. Kraber (UT/Austin), Tadeu Coelho (NC School of the Arts); Andreé Martin (Columbus State Univ), Kyle Dzappo, flute (Bradley Univ) and Hannah Lang.


Additional guest artists are brought to UNO during the bi-annual International Piccolo Symposium ( This 3 1⁄2 day symposium focuses on the study and performance of significant solo and ensemble passages for piccolo in the symphonic literature, as well as important concerti and solo literature for the piccolo, and includes several world-premiere performances of new works for piccolo each year. IPS guest artists have included Jean-Louis Beaumadier (France), Nicola Mazzanti (Italy), Peter Verhoyen (Belgium), Jan Gippo (USA), Lois Herbine (USA), Cindy Ellis (USA), Nan Raphael (USA), Nancy Norse (Canada) and Kate Prestia-Schaub (USA).

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Welcome to the UNO Flute Studio Page! For flutists, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has much to offer, regardless of whether or not you decide to pursue music as your major field of study. UNO offers a variety of instrumental ensemble opportunities for our students, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, University Band, Marching Mavericks, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Flute Choir, and a variety of Chamber Ensembles. Ensemble scholarships for both majors and non-majors are available. Unlike many larger universities, undergraduate students at UNO are able to enjoy the valuable experience of playing in the school's top ensembles while still offering challenging musical experiences for our graduate students.


In the flute studio at UNO, the primary focus is mastery of flute tone and technique, as well as developing skills of musicianship, entrepreneurship and professionalism. Other areas of emphasis include piccolo studies, contemporary techniques, and orchestral excerpts. Flute lessons focus not only on technical issues, but also on expanding knowledge of the standard repertoire, improving sight- reading and performance skills, musical interpretation, and the ability to apply these skills towards teaching others. Dr. Beard also encourages her students pursue unique niches, whether your interests include antique flutes, world flutes, or any other area of flute-related study. At UNO, you will not only receive an exceptional education with individual attention, but you will also have the added benefit of the exciting musical and cultural advantages of metropolitan Omaha.


Flutists at UNO find themselves in a challenging, vibrant, rewarding and friendly environment. Members of the flute studio have received many honors, including being selected to perform in the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir and NFA Piccolo Masterclass Competitions; being accepted to present/perform at international flute festivals such as the Canadian Flute Convention and the World Flutes Festival in Argentina; and winning the UNO Concerto-Aria Competition a total of 9 times since 2005 (2005, 2008-2011, and 2013-2016). Recent graduates have won orchestral positions, teaching jobs, flute repair jobs, and/or been accepted to graduate schools where they have been awarded scholarships and assistantships.


Paúl Loja Prado: MM Flute Recital

April 22, 2020

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Gallery 1516: UNO Woodwind Recital

April 05, 2020

The UNO Student Recital Series at Gallery 1516 recital featuring the UNO Woodwind Area. Performers and repertoire TBA. FREE Admission.

Sound Health featuring the UNO Flute Studio

March 09, 2020

UNO presents Sound Health featuring solo and chamber music performed by members of the UNO Flute Studio. Concerts take place in the lobby of the Buffett Cancer Center at the Univ of Nebraska Medical Center (505 S. 45th St., Omaha). FREE admission.

Guest Artist Masterclass: Imani Winds

February 10, 2020

Members of the award-winning Imani Winds quintet will conduct a chamber music masterclass; performing participants include the UNO Woodwind Quartet and UNO String Quartet. The class is FREE and open to the public. 3:00-5:00pm.

Junior Recital: Sofia Cormack

February 12, 2020

UNO flute performance major Sofia Cormack will present her junior recital featuring works by Bach, Morlacchi, Debussy and Bolling. UNO Recital Hall - 7:30pm. Admission $5/$4/FREE with UNO Mav Card.

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Exciting New Flute Acquisitions!

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UNO flute students will get to enjoy 2 new instruments added to the studio this summer: a new vertical bass flute by DiZhao; & a quebracho wood, Grenser model Baroque flute made by Dr. Beard's friend, Julio Hernandez, custom made just for UNO! Thanks for Dr. Garcia. Dean Hilt, & Julio for making these purchases happen!

Sofia Cormack Selected for Scholarship

Matinee Music Club

UNO flute performance major Sofia Cormack has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Matinee Music Club's annual scholarship. She will perform a recital for the club on Saturday, May 18 featuring music by Telemann, Debussy, and Kuhlau. Congratulations, Sofia!

UNO Flute Students Gain Valuable Experience

Omaha School of Music & Dance

UNO graduate student Hannah Haefele has joined the private instructor roster at Omaha's School of Music & Dance where she will teach flute & music lessons starting in the Fall 2019. Check out her website and blog at

UNO Flute Studio Welcomes Incoming Students

Four new Mavericks joining in August 2019

The UNO flute studio is excited to welcome new flute majors Paige Michaud (NE), Lydia Kirkland (NE), Christopher Boese (KS) and Mariah Delacour (NE) in August 2019!

Summer Happenings

XI Costa Rica Flute Festival

UNO flute major Dakota Valle will be attending the XI Costa Rica Flute Festival in San Jose from July 1-6, 2019. Activities include daily masterclasses, faculty recitals, and the festival flute choir.

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Congrats to the following private flute students who were selected to the NMEA All-State Ensembles in 2019: Hannah W..-Orchestra | Julia P.-Band (picc) | Ruike L.-Band | & Linda X. -Band; & to my Iowa student Jaeda W. -IA All-State Band. CONGRATS!!!

November 2019

Flute Students Make 2019 Nebraska & Iowa All-State Bands/Orchestra


A senior at Elkhorn HS, Julia has won both the 1st flute and piccolo chairs in the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra, to be held during the NAfME convention in Orlando, FL from Nov. 7-10, 2019.

June 2019

Julia P. Selected for 2019 NAfME

National Orchestra

Hannah W. has been selected to serve as 1 of 3 drum majors for the Papillion-La Vista South HS marching band this year!

May 2019

Hannah W. to Serve as Drum Major for 2019-2020 Season

A junior at Glenwood HS, Viv has been accepted to the 2019 Scottish International Flute Summer School in Edinburgh from Aug. 4- 10 to study with Ian Clarke, Wissam Boustany, & Paul Edmund-Davies, among others!

April 2019

Viv P. Accepted to Study at Prestigious Scotland Summer Flute Course

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A sophomore at Glenwood HS, Viv P. won 1st chair flute/piccolo in the SWIBA 9th/10th Grade High School Honor Band!

January 2019

Viv P. Wins 1st Chair at SWIBA Audition

Not in college? That's OK! Dr. Beard teaches private lessons to high school students, pre-high school students, adult professional and amateur players  Due to her active performance schedule and teaching obligations at UNO however, space is very limited and there is typically a waiting list. Due to her detailed teaching style, pre-high school students must set up a face-to-face interview with Dr. Beard prior to being accepted into her private studio; high school students and adults are automatically accepted on a first come, first served basis as space permits.

Highly sought after as a teacher, performer and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Beard has nearly 30 years experience teaching flute and piccolo, including both private and collegiate instruction, as well as in masterclasses and clinics. To study with Dr. Beard means that you will be working with an internationally respected performer and teacher who has connections in the music industry worldwide. Not only do her students receive excellent flute instruction and coaching, but they also get to take advantage of the numerous guest artist events afforded to them through her work at UNO.


Why should a student study privately? In most cases, students learn to play their instruments in a large, mixed ensemble classroom experience. This makes individualized attention very difficult and attention to detail often inadvertently falls through the cracks. Additionally, often the ensemble director may not be a specialist on flute. Again, though unintentional, bad habits can form as a result of not knowing or not completely understanding the pedagogical issues related to flute. Tone production on the flute is unlike any other wind instrument and thus needs a deeper understanding of the instrument to develop a beautiful sound and vibrato, and to ensure proper breathing is learned and posture is monitored to prevent physical discomfort. Furthermore, private instruction allows for specific flute materials to be studied and mastered which help players to improve more quickly, resulting in advancement in their chair placement, All-State auditions, higher rating in solo competitions, and - for the most serious players - acceptance into collegiate programs as a music major. Dr. Beard's pedagogy is heavily based in the French Paris Conservatory tradition with a modern American flare: there is a heavy focus on the fundamentals, but she is also very passionate in training the entire musician and therefore, customizes her curriculum to fit every student's individual needs, goals and interests.



Lesson tuition for 2019-2020 is $50 / hour for weekly lessons. Compared to many other professionals in the metro area, this is relatively low. This is due in part to the fact that Dr. Beard wants to keep her costs as low as possible because she really loves teaching and wants to make her studio accessible to all passionate and hard-working students regardless of financial situation. Despite this, she realizes that even this reduced amount may not be possible for all families. Therefore, 1 scholarship is available for 1 student based on financial need (please contact Dr. Beard directly to inquire about this option). Payment for lessons is accepted on a weekly or monthly basis by check, cash or PayPal.


Due to parking difficulties on the UNO campus, lessons take place at her house (located in the area of I-680 and Maple Street in Omaha). Alternatively, lessons at the UNO campus can also be arranged if needed on a limited basis. Private lessons are generally offered on Monday or Thursday afternoons/evenings. Please contact her for availability and schedule for alternate times.

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