Clarinetist Julia Lougheed is an active performer, educator, and artistic administrator in Phoenix, Arizona.
As a performer, Julia delivers powerful performances of music from a broad spectrum of repertoire. She appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser on stages throughout the Phoenix area, and has been featured on solo recital stages in Montreal, Miami, and Orlando. Julia has performed at multiple International Clarinet Association Conferences, New Music Gatherings, Women in Music Festivals, and International Festivals of Contemporary Music. In 2019, she participated in the selective Ensemble Evolution residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where her playing received high praise from Claire Chase, Steven Schick, Tyshawn Sorey, and Joshua Rubin. Holding a special affinity for new music, Julia has been commissioning new works for clarinet and bass clarinet since 2016, and finds great artistic fulfillment in collaborating with composers to bring new pieces to life. In addition to active solo engagements, Julia currently performs with the Madera Picante Clarinet Quartet, Paradise Valley Composers/Improvisers Big Band, and is a sought-after collaborator in Phoenix’s growing new music community.
As an educator, Julia teaches general music at Archway Lincoln Classical Academy, maintains a robust private studio, and teaches music history courses in the Maricopa Community College District. Julia has been teaching throughout the past decade, and works with students of all ages, interests, and ability levels. She seeks to cultivate musical independence in her students, emphasizing fundamentals techniques as tools for artistic freedom and encouraging curiosity and exploration in her students as they develop unique creative voices.
As an artistic administrator, Julia currently serves as Director of Development for Oh My Ears, a new music presenting organization based in Phoenix. . Since Julia joined the team in 2017, Oh My Ears has grown from hosting a once-a-year festival to producing 24 concerts in a single season. In her current role as Director of Development, Julia is tasked with establishing and maintaining Oh My Ear’s status as a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit.
Julia holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her principal teachers were Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner, Chuck West, David Niethamer, and Lynn Musco.