Christina Castellanos, MM, is Solo Flutist of Sinfonia Salt Lake and Asia/America New Music Institute; Principal Flutist of the Salt Lake Symphony and the Nevada POPS; Second Flutist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, a position she has held since 2001 as a senior in college; and Acting Principal of the Las Vegas Philharmonic (2006-2007). She also regularly plays flute and piccolo in the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, the Orchestra at Temple Square for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the TAD Wind Symphony in Japan, and has performed in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular show (2006-2012). She had the privilege of playing Principal Flute under the direction of Itzhak Perlman and has played for many artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Placido Domingo, Seth MacFarlane, Ben Folds, Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, The King’s Singers, Michel Legrand (PBS Broadcast), Luis Fonsi (2009 Latin Grammys), flutist/composer Ian Clarke, Pink Martini, Rita Moreno, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Vanessa Williams, Peter Shickele, Arturo Sandoval, Deborah Voigt, Andrea Bocelli (west coast tour), Il Divo, GENTRI, and KANSAS.
As a concerto soloist, she has played with Sinfonia Salt Lake, the Salt Lake Symphony, Sirocco Flutes of Las Vegas, the College of Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, three concerti with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Symphony Orchestra, two concerti with the Viewmont High Orchestra, and as the winning soloist of the James K. Huntzinger Concerto Competition, performing the Ibert Concerto.
Recent recordings include Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir; soundtrack for a KUED special Utah: The National Parks by the Utah Symphony; flute and piccolo on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Teach Me To Walk In The Light and Other Children’s Favorites; Solo Flutist for Dan Carter’s Come Unto Him; and flute and piccolo on video game music by Chance Thomas: Dungeons and Dragons, Might and Magic, and Lord of the Rings: Riders of Rohan. She can also be heard as flutist on GENTRI’s RISE album; as Solo Flutist for The Frankie Moreno Band: The Unknown Artist on the Bermuda Record Label alongside artists such as Joshua Bell; and as Principal Flutist of UNLV’s Wind Symphony for Dale Wilson’s No Mo Chalumeau! Live at the 67th ABA Convention, Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow and Bandanna, and Steve Bryant’s Monkey.
Christina’s solo performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor in 2016 received a review by Catherine Reese Newton in The Salt Lake Tribune… “in a particularly memorable appearance, her graceful style meshed comfortably with the Sinfonia strings. She turned in some especially stylish playing in the suite’s final, and best-known, movement, which Baldwin took at a lively tempo that delighted the crowd.” Her performance of Claude Debussy’s L’après midi d’un faune (Afternoon of a Faun) in 2012 received a review by Claire Voyant, gossip columnist for Las Vegas Online… “The Debussy featured Tina Castellanos (who drove in from Salt Lake for the concert) beautifully playing the solo flute, and filling the East Tropicana Community Lutheran Church sanctuary with her tender and lilting sound.”
Since the age of 16, Christina has maintained a full-time private flute studio, of which her students have won many local and national competitions. She was the Assistant Flute Instructor at UNLV 2002-2007, and on the faculty of the Nevada School of the Arts. As a clinician, Christina was a guest artist at Utah State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; will be the guest artist of the Utah Flute Association in September 2017; and has published multiple instructional videos online for Musician’s Toolkit. She received her Bachelor’s (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s (Summa Cum Laude) degrees in Flute Performance from UNLV. Her primary teachers were Nancy Toone (Utah) and Dr. Richard Soule (UNLV). Christina lived in Las Vegas for 10 years and now resides in Bountiful, Utah with her husband, Chris Castellanos (French Horn Soloist with The Boston Brass), their daughter Lily, and son Orion.