Clarinetist Julia Lougheed is an active performer and educator in Phoenix, Arizona.
A graceful yet powerful presence on stage, clarinetist Julia Lougheed is known for delivering compelling performances through passionate musicality and championing contemporary music. 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 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.
Julia holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her principal teachers were Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner, Chuck West, David Niethamer, and Lynn Musco.