Christine Harper has been principal flutist with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra since 1999. Born and raised in La Porte, Indiana, she began her musical studies at age 9 as a pianist, adding flute lessons six months later. She continued to study both flute and piano, earning a double bachelor’s degree in both instruments from Indiana University in Bloomington.
While at IU, Christine played in several ensembles and also studied organ for two years. Christine holds a Master of Music degree in f lute performance from the University of Arizona. While at the UA, she was principal flutist with the Arizona Symphony. In addition, she was a performing member of the Camerata Career Development Center in the UA School of Music. Christine has appeared at National Flute Association conventions in Phoenix, San Diego, Kansas City, New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans, both as performer and lecturer.
She has performed with the South Bend Symphony, La Porte Symphony, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists and Mid-Columbia Symphony. An experienced educator, Christine taught general music, band and beginning orchestra for nine years in the Tucson schools. She received great acclaim and standing ovations for her solo performances with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, playing the Griffes Poem in 2009, the Cimarosa Concerto for Two Flutes in 2007, and the Liebermann Piccolo Concerto in 2005.
Christine also performs with the Skyline Flutes and The Christines flute and harp duo, and maintains a private teaching studio.