Expressive UNO flute teacher inspires the audience

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By Britny Doane, Reporter

Christine Beard is the flute professor at UNO and an equally, an expressive performer. Most days you would see Beard inspiring students in her office, but on Wednesday, Jan. 30 the audience was gifted with her masterful talents.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, South America and Europe. Audiences across the world have been given the chance to hear her unique talent.
“I am known as a piccolo specialist,” Beard said. “The entire second half of the recital is piccolo repertoire.”
In the first half of the concert, Beard played a piece for flute, violin and piano called Medailles Antiques by Philippe Gaubert with William Wolcott.
“It is really wonderful playing with Bill,” she said. “I first started playing with him back in 2002. We haven’t played together since 2007. I met Bill when he was still a student at UNO. I was sitting in on an auditioning committee for music ensembles, and Bill virtuosically nailed his audition. I gave him my card and told him I would love to play music with him.  From then on I have loved playing with him. He has so much energy and is a great musician.”
Beard works hard to prepare for each recital.
“I try more or less to keep the same routine,” she said. “I find that not thinking about the recital helps me stay calm. I try not to eat an hour before the concert, and I work hard on parts in the pieces that I know need the most attention.” Beard enjoys publicly performing. She looks forward to “feeding off the energy of the audience” and seeing their reactions to the music.
Beard’s favorite piece in the program is Fantasie by Georges Hüe.
“This is a very romantic French piece,” Beard said. “I teach it all the time, but I have never actually played it.”
The music she plays really comes from her heart. Beard’s favorite genre of music to play is modern (contemporary) flute and piccolo music.
“I like to play pieces that have been played or composed within the past 30 years,” she said. “I set the concert up so half of the recital is French, standardized repertoire, and the other half is contemporary. I did this so my students and the audience get a full taste of both genres.”
Music has always been apart of Beard’s life. She can never see herself without her flute and piccolo.
Teaching and performing are both very important to her. “I can’t choose which one I like the most, teaching or being on stage,” Beard said. “Teaching my students how to play their instruments helps me with my instrument, which in turn, helps me to be a better musician.  I love to spark the creativity and passion in my students. I am very happy I get to do both.”
In her recital, two of the pieces she performed were written just for her. The first piece was The Shadows the Sirens Make as They Lure the Innocent to the Vampire’s Lighthouse by P. Kellach Waddle.
Waddle personally made a visit to see Beard perform his piece. The second piece was Sonata No. 3 “To the Nth Degree” written by Matt Smith.
For more information please visit PiccoloHQ.com.

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