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 enrolling new students for the 2021-2022 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

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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UNO FLUTE STUDIO PHOTOS

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.

UPCOMING FLUTE EVENTS

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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 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 Graduate Student Recital: Paúl Loja Prado

MM flute student Paúl Loja Prado will give his 2nd and final Masters recital on Saturday, May 1 at 4pm featuring music by Doppler, Ibert, Enesco and Martin.

UNO Graduate Student Recital: Deanna Estrada

MM flute student Deanna Estrada will give her 1st Masters recital on Friday, April 30 at 5pm featuring music by Doppler, Charke, Borne and Zyman.

Erica Wilkins: concerto soloist with HPO

Flutist Erica Wilkins, the 2020-21 UNO concerto competition winner, will perform "Carmen Fantasy" with the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday, April 27.

UNO Flute Studio Spring Recital

The UNO flute studio presents "Musical Story telling" on Friday, April 23, 201 at 7:30pm. Concert will be broadcast via the UNO School of Music YouTube page.

Piccolo & Xylophone Duo with UNO faculty Beard & Weaver

Dr. Christine Beard joins Dr. Hannah Weaver for a performance of "Caprice" by Casey Cangelosi on Monday, April 19 at 5pm.

UNO Guest Flutist Series #6: Lisa Garner Santa

Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, Professor of Flute at Texas Tech Univ, presents a masterclass via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00pm CST. Sponsored by Haynes Flute Co.

UNO FLUTE NEWS

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Erica Wilkins wins both Nebraska Wind Symphony & UNO's Concerto Competitions

Performance with HPO in spring 2021;

Performance with NWS to be announced

Erica Wilkins, a sophomore BA-Music flute major, was named the winner in the 2021 Nebraska Wind Symphony Concerto Competition with her performance of "Concertino" by Chaminade. She also won the 2020 UNO Concerto-Aria Competition with her performance of the Nielsen Concerto. She will perform with the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra in spring 2021. CONGRATS!

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Catherine Boese accepted to perform for MET Piccolo Masterclass

Class on Zoom December 20, 2020

Sophomore BM flute performance & music education major, Catherine Boese, has been accepted to perform in a masterclasses led by members of the illustrious Metropolitan Orchestra. The class - sponsored by Lessonface - will be held via Zoom on December 20, 2020 at 3:00pm CST.

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Paige Michaud accepted to perform for Longy School of Music's Flute Day

Class on Zoom December 12, 2020

Sophomore BM flute performance major, Paige Michaud, has been accepted to perform in a series of masterclasses for the 2020 Flute Day at the Longy School of Music at Bard College in Boston via Zoom on December 12, 2020.

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Paúl Loja Prado selected for Carol Wincenc Masterclass

Virtual class via Zoom

MM flute performance major, Paúl Loja Prado, was selected to perform in a masterclass for iconic American flutist Carol Wincenc. The class will take place via Zoom on Sat, Dec. 5, 2020.

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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!

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

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 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.

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!!!

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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."

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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.

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

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**

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Explaining intervals in a lesson
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Omaha, NE, USA

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Heartland Flute Choir

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