UNO Flute Studio

MARCH 15, 2020: Due to the current Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, flute lessons will be delivered in 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.

Dr. Beard is also taking new students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please e-mail to inquire!

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), 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.


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.


20-21 UNO Guest Flutist Series #1: Sergio Pallottelli

September 18, 2020

Italian flutist Sergio Pallottelli in residency. LIVE (in-person) Flute Masterclass at 12:00pm CST

20-21 UNO Guest Flutist Series #2: Rik Noyse

October 16, 2020

Flutist, Whole Musician team member, & certified Life Coach Dr. Rik Noyse will present a class on "Finding Your WHY" via Zoom. 12:00pm CST

NJ Flute Fair: Performamnces Featuring Dr. Beard

October 18, 2020

UNO artist-faculty Christine Beard, flute & pianist Stacie Haneline will be featured during the (virtual) 2020 New Jersey Flute Fair on the "Women Composers" concert and the "New Commissions" concert. Visit the NJ Flute Society website for a complete schedule and registration information!

RECITAL: "Nasty Women" (YouTube Premiere)

October 23, 2020

UNO artist-faculty Christine Beard, flute & pianist Stacie Haneline join up with musicians from across Omaha to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, in a recital consisting entirely of music written by female composers during the Women’s Suffrage movement. Dr. Joanna Goldstein, a specialist in this music, will be our guide on this journey through these unsung masterworks. The concert is FREE to view via YouTube.

STUDENT RECITAL: Hannah Haefele, flute

November 06, 2020

UNO graduate student Hannah Haefele performs her 2nd and final degree recital featuring music for flute and piccolo by Georges Hüe, Nicole Chamberlain, J.S. Bach. (Due to COVIID, this event is closed to the public, but will be broadcast via YouTube Live).

UNO Guest Flutist Series #3: Elizabeth Crone

November 20, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Crone, Professor of Flute at Virginia Tech University, will present a class on "What to Do on Bad Tone Days" via Zoom. 12:00pm CST

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Flute Students Win Local Music Industry Positions

Omaha Conservatory and Schmitt Music hire UNO flute students

Sofia Cormack, a Senior flute performance major at UNO, was recently hired as the Flute Specialist for Schmitt Music store in Omaha; and Deanna Estrada, a Masters flute performance major, was recently hired to be the Woodwind Specialist for the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Congrats to both of these talented ladies!


Our studio has GROWN this summer!

We're up to 14 members: Welcome new students Deanna Estrada (MM performance), Lily Gimse (BM flute performance), Erica Wilkins (BA music studies), and non-major Sam Howdle (BM voice). It's going to be a GREAT year!

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!

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MARCH 15, 2020: Due to the current Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, flute lessons will be delivered in 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.

Dr. Beard is also taking new students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please e-mail to inquire!

Flute Students Make 2020 Nebraska All-State

October 2020

Congrats to the following private flute students who were selected to the NMEA All-State Ensembles in 2020: Linda X. (Elkhorn South), Anna R. (Lincoln East), & Emilio P.G. (Omaha Central). CONGRATS!!!


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."

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Flute Student Wins Orchestra Omaha's  2020 Orchestra Division Young Artist Competition

March 2020

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.

Flute Students Take

Top Honors at 2020 Elkorn Band Olympics

February 2020

Congrats to the following students who took top honors at the 2020 EBO: Emilio PG (sophomore, Omaha Central) won the overall silver medal for his performance of Louis Ganne's "Andante"; and Linda X. (junior, Eklhorn South) won the overall gold medal for her performance of the "Il Gardellino" Concerto by Vivaldi.

Elkhorn Piccolo Student Selected to the 2020 Bands of America Honor Band

February 2020

Linda X (junior, Elkhorn South) was selected by national audition to the 2020 Bands of America Honor Band with whom she will perform at the Rose Bowl parade in CA in January 2021.

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. Please contact her for availability and schedule for alternate times. **ALL FLUTE LESSONS ARE BEING OFFERED ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**

Dr. Beard with a young flute student
Explaining intervals in a lesson

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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