UNO Flute Studio

MAY 27, 2021: Returning students who have been fully vaccinated may return to in-person flute lessons. NEW STUDENTS will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to the 1st lesson. Students who have not been vaccinated may choose to meet for

outdoor lessons (weather permitting), use a "flute mask" while playing, or use an online format until further notice.

Dr. Beard has been offering and teaching online lessons for over a decade, with remote lessons conducted via numerous platforms including (but not limited to) FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, and more.

**Now enrolling new students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please e-mail to inquire!**

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UNO flute studio members 2021-2022

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

APPLY TO UNO

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

SCHEDULE AN AUDITION

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).

SCHOLARSHIP INFO

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 ahilt@unomaha.edu for more information and to schedule an audition.

CONTACT DR. BEARD

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 cbeard@unomaha.edu or call to leave a message at (304) 804-PICC.

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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.

UNO FLUTE STUDIO PHOTOS

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UNO flute studio 21-22

UNO flute studio 21-22

Sergio Pallottelli masterclass Oct 21

Sergio Pallottelli masterclass Oct 21

Baroque Ensemble concert Oct 21

Baroque Ensemble concert Oct 21

Paige Junior Recital Oct21

Paige Junior Recital Oct21

UNO Woodwind Quartet KVNO gig Oct21

UNO Woodwind Quartet KVNO gig Oct21

Ghost Dancers Sp21

Ghost Dancers Sp21

UNO flutes in the MBSC ballroom for our recording of "Ghost Dancers" by James Barnes. 04.13.21

UNO Flutes Chicago Bean 2019

UNO Flutes Chicago Bean 2019

UNO flutes in Chicago 2019

UNO flutes in Chicago 2019

The UNO flute studio road trip to the Chicago flute festival (November 2019)

UNO flutes Chicago concet

UNO flutes Chicago concet

UNO flutes performing at the 2019 Chicago Flute Festival (November 2019)

UNO concerto comp 2019

UNO concerto comp 2019

5 UNO flute students competed in the 2019 UNO Concerto-Aria Competition

UNO flutes in Chicago 2019

UNO flutes in Chicago 2019

The UNO flute studio road trip to the Chicago flute festival (November 2019) - Chicago pizza!

UNO Flutes in Chicago 2019

UNO Flutes in Chicago 2019

UNO flutes grab a quick lunch at the Water Tower mall before the final festival recital

UNO HCFC members 2019

UNO HCFC members 2019

UNO students with Dr. Beard after the HCFC spring concert April 2019

Heartland Flute Choir

Heartland Flute Choir

HCFC's annual holiday concert at the Holy Family Shrine (12.18.18)

UNO flute students 2018

UNO flute students 2018

UNO flute students participated in Nebraska's 1st state-wide Flute Choir Festival in Lincoln, NE which drew 60 participants!(09.08.18)

Nebraska Flute Choir Festival 2018

Nebraska Flute Choir Festival 2018

Dr. Beard, Heartland Flute Choir, and UNO flute students participated in Nebraska's 1st state-wide flute choir festival held in Lincoln, which drew 60 participants! (09.08.18)

Toronto LatinAmerican Flute Festival

Toronto LatinAmerican Flute Festival

Dr. Beard invited her MM student Erica to join her in a recital during the 2017 Toronto Latin American Flute Festival

UNO flutes in Buenos Aires

UNO flutes in Buenos Aires

Side trip to Buenos Aires after the World Flute Festival in Mendoza, Argentina (Sept. 2016)

World Flutes Festival 2016

World Flutes Festival 2016

UNO students performing at the XIII Festival Flautas del Mundo in Mendoza, Argentina (Sept. 2016)

Bethany works with Ian Clarke

Bethany works with Ian Clarke

UNO flute major Bethany McAcy receives pointers from the iconic British flutist-composer Ian Clarke at the Texas Flute Festival

Amy Porter masterclass

Amy Porter masterclass

Guest artist Amy Porter working with MM flute student Sara Schuhardt in a flute masterclass at UNO

Concerto winner 2015

Concerto winner 2015

UNO flute major Carlyn Hendler, Concerto-Aria Competition winner, performing Lowell Liebermann's Piccolo Concerto with HPO (2016)

NFA Piccolo Competition Winner

NFA Piccolo Competition Winner

UNO MM flute student Krystle Jones won the opportunity to perform for world-renowned piccolo virtuoso Jean-Louis Beaumadier at the NFA Convention

Subcontra

Subcontra

UNO flute student Jack Lambie was one of the 1st to try out the HCFC's new subcontrabass flute (2014)

Liebermann masterclass

Liebermann masterclass

UNO flute students take notes during the masterclass with Lowell Liebermann in Sioux City, UA (2014)

Masterclass with Horacio Massone

Masterclass with Horacio Massone

Stephanie Booth (BM-Education 2016) receives instruction from guest artist Horacio Massone of Argentina (2014)

Guest artist Christopher Lee

Guest artist Christopher Lee

Post recital with UNO flute students, Dr. Beard and guest artist Christopher Lee of Canada (2015)

Leanna's rockin' performance

Leanna's rockin' performance

Leanna Keith (BM-performance) rocking' it out in a performance of Robert Dick's "Fish Are Jumping" during the 2014 Honors Recital

Andean flute clinic w/Pablo Salcedo

Andean flute clinic w/Pablo Salcedo

UNO flute students after a unique and informative Andean flute workshop with guest artist Pablo Salceo from Mendoza, Argentina

Masterclass with Maria Harding

Masterclass with Maria Harding

Deanna Estrada (BM-Education 2014) works with Maria Harding, principal flute of the Omaha Symphony

Flutes at the Hauntcert 2014

Flutes at the Hauntcert 2014

Dr. Beard with members of the HPO flute section at the annual Hauntcert (2014)

Jim Walker masterclass

Jim Walker masterclass

UNO flute major Anna Hall performed for legendary film and orchestral flutist Jim Walker at the MidSouth Flute Society Festival in Alabama

UNO FLUTE NEWS

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Special welcome to our new UNO flute students!

2 new students join the UNO flute family

Welcome back, everyone! And a special WELCOME to UNO's new flute majors, Morgan Thompson and Aramis Elias! Morgan graduated from Blair HS and will pursue a BM-Music Education, and Aramis graduated from Northwest HS and will also pursue a BM-Music Education. We're glad you're here!

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Catherine Boese to perform for Chicago Flute Festival Masterclass

November 13 at 10am ONLINE

Junior BM flute performance & music education major, Catherine Boese will perform for Chicago Symphony piccoloist Jennifer Gunn during the Chicago Flute Club's annual Flute Festival. Details on how to watch can be found online at www.chicagofluteclub.org/page-18188

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Erica Wilkins wins 2nd place in international solo competition & spot in McGill Masterclass

Fall 2021

Erica Wilkins, a sophomore BA-Music flute major, was awarded 2nd place in the Kings Peak International Music Competition for her recorded submission of the Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen. She was also selected to perform for Damare McGill (Seattle Symphony) during the New Jersey Flute Festival, held virtually on October 17.

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Paige Michaud accepted to study in Italy

Flauti al Castello - Juy/August 2021

Sophomore BM flute performance major, Paige Michaud, was accepted to study in the Flauti de Castello class in Sorci, Italy with acclaimed flutists Sergio Pallottelli (Italy-USA) and Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin (FRA-GER). Visit https://sergiopallottelli.com/flauti-al-castello/ for details.

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Erica Wilkins wins spot in NFA Collegiate Flute Choir

May 2021

Erica Wilkins, a sophomore BA-Music flute major, was selected by national audition to perform in the 2021 National Flute Association's Collegiate Flute Choir, which will perform during the NFA's virtual convention in August. For details  visit www.nfaonline.org. CONGRATS!

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Lydia Kirkland named UNO Drum Major for Fall 2021

May 2021

Junior BM music education and flute major, Lydia Kirkland has been named as one of the 2 drum majors for the UNO Marching Mavericks 2021 fall marching season. CONGRATS!

UPCOMING FLUTE EVENTS

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UNO Guest Flutist Series #2: Megan Lanz on Fri 10/15 at 12pm

Dr. Megan Lanz (Colorado State Univ and Whole Musician team member) returns to UNO for a masterclass on Fri 10/15 at 12PM. She will also join Dr. Beard on the "Powerful Perspectives" concert the same evening at 7PM.

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Paige Michaud: Junior Flute Recital set for Fri, 10/22 at 7pm at UNO

BM flute performance major Paige Michaud presents her Junior recital featuring music by J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber, Pierre-Octave Ferroud and Robert Muczynski; with Christi Zuniga, piano. In person recital at the UNO PAC Concert Hall.

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UNO Guest Flutist Series #3: Sergio Pallottelli on Sun 10/31 at 3pm

Italian flutist Sergio Pallottelli returns to Omaha for a masterclass and mini-recital at the home of UNO's Professor of Flute, Dr. Christine Beard. For more info, contact cbeard@unomaha.edu. RSVP required for attendance, as space is limited.

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Sofia Cormack: Senior Flute Recital set for Fri, 11/12 at 7pm at UNO

BM flute performance major Sofia Cormack presents her Senior recital featuring music by Ian Clarke, Astor Piazzolla, Carl Reinecke, Franz Doppler, and Herman Beeftink with Christi Zuniga, piano. In person recital at the UNO PAC Concert Hall.

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UNO Guest Flutist Series #4: Alheli Pimienta om Fri 12/3 at 12pm

Mexican-Canadian flutist Alheli Pimienta will conclude the fall semester guest artist series with a virtual masterclass via ZOOM on Friday, December 3, 2021. Contact cbeard@unomaha.edu for login credentials if you wish to. audit the class.

GUEST ARTISTS at UNO

RENOWNED GUEST ARTISTS VISIT UNO

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), Paul Edmond Davies (London Symphony, retired), The Imani Winds, Christopher Lee (Canada), Peter Sheridan (Australia), Alheli Pimienta (Mexico/Canada), Sergio Pallottelli (Italy/TX), Horacio Massone (Argentina), Regina Helcher (Charleston Symphony), Pablo Salcedo (UN-Cuyo, Argentina), Connor Nelson (BGSU), James Hall (Univ Northern Colorado), Daniel Carlo (Burkart Flutes), Liz Virgili (Sankyo Flute Co.), Tamara Evans Yonce (Univ South Dakota), 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.

INTERNATIONAL PICCOLO SYMPOSIUM

Additional guest artists are brought to UNO during the bi-annual International Piccolo Symposium (www.piccolosymposium.com). 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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PRIVATE FLUTE LESSONS WITH DR. BEARD

MAY 27, 2021: Returning students who have been fully vaccinated may return to in-person flute lessons. NEW STUDENTS will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to the 1st lesson. Students who have not been vaccinated may choose to meet for

outdoor lessons (weather permitting), or use an online format until further notice.

Dr. Beard has been offering and teaching online lessons for over a decade, with remote lessons conducted via numerous platforms including (but not limited to) FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, and more.

**Now enrolling new students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please e-mail to inquire!**

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Flute Students Make 2021 Nebraska All-State

October 2021

Congrats to the following private flute students who were selected to the NMEA All-State Ensembles in 2020: Linda X. (Elkhorn South), Emilio PG (Omaha Central), and Grace D. (Papilion-LaVista South). CONGRATS!!!

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Flute Student Named. Drum Major at Omaha's Central High School

May 2021

Congrats to flute student Emilo PG for being named Drum Major at Central HS for the 2021-22 academic year!

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Flute Students Receive Perfect Scores at Iowa Solo Competition

April 2021

Congratulations to senior flutist Viv P. and sophomore flutist Lauryn S. for both receiving perfect scores for their performances at Iowa District Solo Competition. Viv performed the "Fantasie" by Georges Hüe, and Lauryn performed "Valse Gracieuse" by Guillaume Popp.

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Flute Student Wins Orchestra Omaha's  Young Artist
Competition

March 2020/March 2021

Congrats to Linda X. (junior, Elkhorn South) who won the Orchestral Division of Orchestra Omaha's Young Artist Competition. on March 14, 2020. She will be featured as a soloist with the group in May, performing Jules Mouquet's "Flute de Pan" for flute & orchestra in March 2021.

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Flute Student Advances to Regional level of MTNA Woodwind

Division Competition

October 2020

Congrats to Linda X. (senior, Elkhorn South) who advanced to the Regional level of the MTNA Senior Woodwind Division COmpetition.. She will represent the state of Nebraska in Devember, performing selections from "Pied Piper Suite" by Gordon Jacob, Vivaldi's "Il Gardelino" Concerto, and Jules Mouquet's "Flute de Pan."

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.

BENEFIT OF LESSONS

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 FEES & PAYMENT

Lesson tuition for 2021-2022 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/Venmo.

LESSON LOCATION & TIMES

Lessons take place at Dr. Beard's house (located in Council Bluffs) or at the UNO campus. **Unvaccinated students will continue with online lessons until further notice**

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Explaining intervals in a lesson
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