Dr. Heidi Kay Begay is a self-employed teacher, flutist, podcaster, and non-profit organizer. From 2009 to 2020, Heidi has taught throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis in various independent school districts. In the past, she has taught at campuses including Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus (TX) and Eastern New Mexico University.
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 creator of the Flute 360 podcast, which delivers free, educational episodes through various podcast platforms. Current distribution includes over 22,600 downloads in the United States and 70 countries. Flute 360 podcast presentations have been held in Helsinki (FIN), Sofia (BGR), Bucharest (ROU), Thessaloniki (GRC), Salt Lake City (UT), Elmhurst (IL), Downers Grove (IL), Mendota (IL), Port Aransas (TX), Commerce (TX), Denton (TX), and Arlington (TX). Finally, the Flute 360 podcast is grateful to have received several corporate sponsorships, since its inception.
Heidi works with non-profit organizations at the national and international levels. She is on the Archives & Oral History Committee through the National Flute Association and holds the Career & Artistic Development position through the Tampere Flute Fest in Finland. Former positions through the Texas Flute Society include executive and festival committee roles, such as president, treasurer, registration coordinator, festival co-chair, and industry/commercial liaison.
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 (Dr. Brian A. Luce) from the University of Arizona. Additional teachers include Dr. Nevart Galileas (Greece), Don Bailey (Texas), and Dr. Diane Boyd-Schultz (Alabama).