Caroline Beard was recently awarded a Master of Flute Performance degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), studying with Dr. Bradley Garner. At CCM, she enjoyed performing principal positions in the CCM Philharmonia, Wind Orchestra, and Chamber Players. Caroline was prizewinner of the Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Soloist Competition, Mid-South Flute Society College Master Class Competition, Carolina Flute Guild Master Class Competition, and the South Carolina Flute Society Fall Master Class Competition. She was awarded and accepted invitations to study and perform at the Panoramic Flutist Master Class, Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Class, Aria International Summer Academy, National Music Festival, and Saarburg Music Festival in Germany.
Caroline earned her Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of South Carolina where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her research on Jacques Ibert’s Solo Piece for Flute was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Caravel Undergraduate Research Journal. From 2012-2014, Caroline was the Artistic Director of Project Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for the maintenance and beautification of the music building at the University of South Carolina.
Apart from performing, Caroline has a passion for music education. Returning to her hometown of Asheville, NC, the past few summers, Caroline has been the flute instructor for the Asheville Middle School Summer Band Camp and Asheville High School Marching Band Camp. Asheville High School invited Caroline to perform Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for solo flute and band with the high school’s Wind Symphony for their 2016 Spring Concert. She hopes to continue to teach and inspire others through her passion for music.