Christine Widman first joined Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra as a viola section member in 2002 while studying at the University of Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction under Clark Potter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, during which time Christine was Principal Violist and a concerto competition winner performing with the UNL Symphony Orchestra. She went on to complete her graduate studies under violist Rami Solomonow at DePaul University in Chicago, earning a Master of Music degree with distinction. While a freelance performer in the Chicago area, Christine was a member of Chicago Civic Orchestra including the Civic Chamber Music series, South Bend Symphony, Rockford Symphony and Dolce Strings Quartet. She led string sectionals for the Chicago Youth Symphony and was on faculty at the Orland Park Music Connection School of Music, as well as viola instructor and chamber coach at the summer Birch Creek Music Festival in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin from 2007-2011.
After returning to the Lincoln area in 2008, Christine taught over 50 students in private and group lessons and rejoined Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. In an interesting turn of events, she returned to school to earn an Associate of Science degree and currently works with the Physical Therapy team at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, working primarily with stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury patients. She takes great pleasure in helping to rehabilitate patients to return to their lives.
Christine is an avid performer in the metro area, playing regularly with the Omaha Symphony and Abendmusik, and has also performed with the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Rod Stewart, Two Cellos, Grazyna Auguscik, Zach Brock, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith. Christine won the position of Assistant Principal Violist position with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. She also serves on the Orchestra’s first Innovation Board for the 2017-2018 year.
Christine lives in Lincoln with her husband, Andy, and their two children, Reese and Evan, as well as their pug, Miles. When Christine is not playing music or treating patients, she enjoys running races in the Lincoln area, listening to jazz, and cooking breakfast with her husband on the weekends.