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Wyoming Flute Fest

MARCH 25, 2023, 8:00-5:00pm

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Wyoming Flute Fest (formerly Wyoming Flute Day) is a day-long celebration of all things flute!

Run by Dr. Nicole Riner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at University of Wyoming, this annual spring semester event includes individual master classes and general workshops for all ages and ability levels, with topics ranging from practicing effectively to conquering performance anxiety and wellness issues like breathing and physical health.

A different guest artist is featured in recital each year and UW faculty and students perform and serve as mentors throughout the day.

Featured Guest Artists:


Dr. Christine Beard is Professor of Flute and Entrepreneurship at University of Nebraska Omaha. Described by the Canadian journal Flute Focus as “...having shattered any notions that the piccolo might be lacking in deep, expressive powers," flutist Christine Erlander Beard enjoys an active international career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. A passionate performer noted for her "great expressive tone and range" (Christopher Caliendo, composer) and her “...capacity to reveal the deep soul of a composition” (Martin Rokeach, composer), she has performed extensively across North America, South America and Europe, including fifteen conventions of the National Flute Association and three British Flute Society International Conventions. A regular guest artist in the flute festival circuit, she has performed and taught at the International Piccolo Festival (Italy), the Zodiac Festival (France), the Adams Flute Festival (The Netherlands), and at international flute festivals in Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Portugal, among others. Upcoming engagements include festival appearances in Brazil, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Puerto Rico, Sacramento, and Spain. Praised for her "luscious, full sound" (American Record Guide) and "effortless precision" (Flutist Quarterly), flutist Nicole Riner maintains an active international presence as a recitalist and pedagogue. Nicole has also commissioned and premiered numerous works as a soloist and chamber musician. Her live performances have been broadcast on Public Radio programs in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. She has recorded for the ACA, Centaur, and Albany record labels. Nicole is Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute and Entrepreneurship at University of Wyoming and an Altus Performing Artist. She also serves as President of Flute New Music Consortium.


Stacie Haneline is Coordinator of Collaborative Keyboard at University of Nebraska Omaha. Admired for her consummate skill and for her “musical excellence which is overshadowed only by her generous spirit and kindness to her colleagues” (Thomas Wilkins, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Omaha Symphony), pianist Stacie Haneline maintains an active career as a pianist in symphonic, chamber, opera, vocal and instrumental repertoire. A versatile musician, she has performed as a pianist for the Sydney Opera House, New York City Opera, Kennedy Center, Hawaii Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, University of Australia, Brevard Music Center, Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha to name a few.


Featured exhibitor Sherry Lee will also be present with trial flutes and piccolos, accessories for sale, and quick repairs available on-site.

Registration and lunch are always FREE to all full-time students.

WFF is generously sponsored by University of Wyoming Department of Music and Wyoming Flute Association


Tentative Schedule:

08:15 am     Registration opens

09:00 am     Rockstar Warm-Up workshop taught by Dr. Riner

10:00 am     Flute master class with Dr. Beard and UWYO flute performers

12:00 pm     Lunch sponsored by UW Department of Music

12:00 pm-3:00 pm   

Visit the Exhibits! Instruments, accessories, and more from Sherry Lee Dealer of Fine Flutes, Grand Junction CO

12:30 pm    “What can you do with a Music Degree?” chat with Dr. Riner

1:00 pm      Piccolo workshop for students and their teachers with Dr. Beard

2:00 pm       Option 1: perform your solo piece for comments by members of WFA

                 Option 2: Flute Choir Reading Session

3:00-4:30 pm  

                 Final concert with Dr. Beard and Dr. Riner


Please contact Dr. Nicole Riner,, with questions.

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University of Wyoming

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Laramie, WY 82071

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