Christine Earlander Beard

Christine Erlander Beard¬†enjoys an active international career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher with engagements throughout North and South America and Europe. An artist for both Sankyo Flutes and Hernandez Flutes, she serves the NFA as a member of the Scholarship Committee and contributing editor to¬†The Flutist Quarterly. Second Prize winner in the 2019 American Prize Professional Soloist division competition, she is a member of Whole Musician and Professor of Flute & Music Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She launched¬†#theflutistactivitst¬†initiative ‚Äď commissioning composers to write pieces inspired by social justice issues ‚Äď in 2019.¬†christiebeard.com

Praised for ‚Äú‚Ķnot only has a beautiful tone and phrasing, but the capacity to reveal the deep soul of a composition‚ÄĚ (Martin Rokeach, composer), Christine Erlander Beard enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber artist and teacher throughout North and South America and Europe. Described by¬†Flute Focusas ‚Äú‚Ķhaving shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers,” Christie has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Russia, and the USA, and was awarded Second Place in the 2019 American Prize competition‚Äôs Professional Soloist Division for her live performance of Ernesto Cordero‚Äôs ‚ÄúConcerto Bor√≠ken‚ÄĚ with Brazil‚Äôs Orquestra Sinf√īnica de Porto Alegre. An artist for both Sankyo Flutes and Hernandez Flutes, Christie can be heard alongside the French piccolo legend Jean-Louis Beaumadier on his CD, Postcards: World Piccolo, Vol. 2; with Grammy award-wining guitarist/composer Daniel Wolff (Brazil) on his CD, IberoAmericano; and on two CDs with Newberry‚Äôs Victorian Cornet Band. Passionate about working with composers, her most recent project is to encourage music with social justice themes to inspire dialogue and social activism, her newly launched¬†#theflutistactivist initiative¬†bringing forth three new pieces in 2019-2020: the first for flute and mixed media by Leanna Keith on gun violence in the USA; and two works for piccolo and piano on the USA‚Äôs southern border crisis from composers who themselves immigrated to the USA: Herman Beeftink and Samuel Zyman. A newly appointed member to the Whole Musician team (wholemusician.net), she serves the National Flute Association as a member of the Scholarship Committee and as a contributing editor to¬†The Flutist Quarterly. Beard is Professor of Flute and International Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she teaches flute, contemporary music, and heads UNO‚Äôs Music Entrepreneurship program. christiebeard.com