Teresa Beaman

Dr. Teresa BeamanTeresa Beaman is Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno, where she has taught flute since 1986. Active nationally and internationally as a performer and clinician, she has performed and taught throughout much of the United States, as well as in China, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. She also has toured in Japan and the United States with the New Sousa Band. She has presented and coordinated the annual Central California Flute Festival since 1991. She recently completed a four-year term as Treasurer of the National Flute Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary. She has performed at several NFA conventions and also has conducted the NFA National High School Flute Choir. Teresa Beaman's first compact disc, Flute Moments, consisting of music by American composers was recorded on the Laurel Record label. Her second CD, Flute Flora, which features music that celebrates flowers, plants, and gardens, is available on the Bella Classics label. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Samuel Baron and was a Graduate Council Fellow. She earned a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she studied with Thomas Nyfenger. She also studied at the Musik Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany with Klaus Schochow.

Teresa Beaman's radio and television appearances include programs for stations KVPR 89.3, KVPT and KNXT in Fresno, California, WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan, Malaysian Television in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and Singapore, Channel 2. She was awarded a Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award at California State University, Fresno.

Her other major teachers include Israel Borouchoff and Alexander Murray. Music festivals in which she has participated include the Darmstadt (Germany) International Summer Course for New Music, the Bach Aria Festival, the Yale Summer School for Music and Art, Banff, the New College Music Festival, and the National Music Camp at Interlochen. She has also participated in master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett, James Galway, Julius Baker, Ransom Wilson, Louis Moyse, and Charles Delaney.

Her compact disc, Flute Moments, of music by American composers on the Laurel Record label, and was partially sponsored by grants from the California State University and a recording grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her CD was praised by Fanfare: "Her playing is technically assured, and she offers polished interpretations...on this most adventurous and rewarding recital program." The Flute Network wrote, "Beaman...is one of our truly great young performers and this recording is simply dazzling. Her technique is awesome, her tone ravishing, and her interpretations intense." Her compact disc, Flute Flora, was featured at the 5th Annual Outstanding Faculty Publications Exhibit in 2003 at the Madden Library, California State University, Fresno.

Teresa Beaman also performs with the Fresno based Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. An avid supporter of new music for flute, Dr. Beaman has been involved with numerous premieres and performances of solo and chamber works. Recently premiered works include: Neurotica (2008) for solo flute and three percussion by Dr. Kenneth Froelich and dedicated to Dr. Beaman (flute) and Dr. Matt Darling; Bird of Paradise (2007), a trio for flute, viola, and marimba by Fresno composer Brad Hufft; Rafflesia (2001) for solo flute by Dr. Benjamin Boone and commissioned by Dr. Beaman for her Flute Flora CD, and Dark Music (2001) by Dr. Jack Fortner.

In June 2000, Teresa Beaman and Mary Lou Paschal toured in England, the Netherlands, and Belgium playing versions of the program, "A Recital in Celebration of Gardens." The venues included Kew Gardens near London, England and the Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden) in Leiden, the Netherlands. They also performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2001 they toured with this program in the United States, performing in North Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana, Illinois, and Utah (for the Utah Flute Association). This led to their CD, Flute Flora, which was released in 2002 on the Bella Classics label, and is available at Flute World.

While on sabbatical during the spring semester of 2009, Dr. Beaman will be touring in Chile, Peru, and Argentina.