Biography

Dr. Heidi Kay Begay is currently a self-employed flutist, music instructor, and podcaster. She has taught at campuses including Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus (TX) and Eastern New Mexico University (NM). In the past ten years, Heidi has taught throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in various independent school districts.

Heidi has an ongoing interest in performing internationally, nationally, and locally. Recent performances have taken place in Greece, Italy, Orlando, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Texas. She was a recent competitor at the Cluj International Music Competition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in July of 2019.

Heidi is the host of the Flute 360 podcast, which delivers free, educational episodes weekly through various podcast platforms. Current distribution includes over 19,100 downloads in the United States and 67 countries. Flute 360 podcast presentations have been held in Sofia (BG), Bucharest (ROU), Thessaloniki (GR), Elmhurst (IL), Downers Grove (IL), Mendota (IL), Commerce (TX), Denton (TX), and Arlington (TX). Finally, she collaborated with Wm.S. Haynes Flute Company at the NFA’s Flute Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah (2019) to interview flute convention performers and guests.

Nationally, Heidi works with non-profit music organizations. Currently, she is on the Archives and Oral History Committee through the National Flute Association (NFA). Through the Texas Flute Society (TFS), former positions include executive and festival committee positions; such as president, president-elect, treasurer, registration coordinator, festival co-chair, and industry/commercial liaison.

Heidi’s research publications are featured in Flute View and Flute Talk magazines. Also, she has been an adjudicator for the National Flute Association (NFA) and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

Heidi’s degrees include a D.M.A. from Texas Tech University (Dr. Lisa Garner Santa), an M.M. from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Dr. Dennette Derby McDermott), and a B.A. in Music from the University of Arizona (Dr. Brian A. Luce). Additional teachers include Dr. Nevart Galileas, Don Bailey, and Dr. Diane Boyd Schultz.