Violist Christine Widman is an avid performer in the metro area, playing frequently with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Abendmusik, and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She joined Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra as a section viola member in 2002, and was awarded Assistant Principal Violist in 2017. She is a founding member of Indigo Strings Quartet which performs across Nebraska. Widman has also performed with various traveling artists, including: Michael Bublé, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Rod Stewart, Two Cellos, Grazyna Auguscik, Zach Brock, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among others. She was invited to participate in the recording orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for their debut of, “Ambush from Ten Sides”.
Widman has proudly served on the Lincoln’s Symphony Innovation Committee since 2017, helping to design, pilot, and implement the Harmony in Healing program. This program’s mission is to bridge music and health, through creating unique opportunities for live solo and small chamber music to be brought to rehabilitation and healthcare settings where patients would not have otherwise been able to experience music, and perhaps healing, in this very personal way. Widman organized and performed in the debut performance with the Indigo Strings Quartet, and has performed as a soloist in various other Harmony in Healing performances in Lincoln healthcare facilities since 2019.
Widman received her Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her teachers have included the late Rami Solomonow of Lyric Opera, Clark Potter, and Charles Pikler of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While studying at UNL, she was the concerto competition winner, performing as soloist with the UNL Symphony Orchestra. During her graduate studies in Chicago, she performed across the wider Chicago area, serving as a section viola member of: the esteemed Chicago Civic Orchestra and Civic Chamber Music Series, South Bend Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, and was Principal Violist of the Dolce Strings Quartet. Widman was faculty violin, piano and viola instructor at the Orland Park Music Connection School of Music, Viola Faculty Teaching Assistant at the summer Birch Creek Music Festival in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin from 2007-2011, as well as a frequent viola coach for Chicago Youth Symphony.
After returning to the Lincoln area in 2008, Widman took a different path in her career, changing focus toward healthcare. She earned an Associate of Science degree and had the privilege of working on the neurologic acute rehab unit physical therapy team at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital for nearly 8 years until 2020, during which time she earned her Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential. In striving for the ability to help to more meaningfully shape the future of healthcare programming, she earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree with a specialization in Project Management from Colorado State University. She currently works for the NE Department of Health and Human Services as a Community Health Educator Senior with the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. She is thankful for the opportunity to participate in Leadership Lincoln Executives cohort 33.
Christine lives in Lincoln with her husband, Andy, their two children, Reese and Evan, and their beloved pug, Miles. She enjoys running races in the Lincoln area, taking family walks, her favorite time of year is Fall, and her first choice for vacation is most definitely anywhere there is a sandy beach.