Julia Lougheed is a clarinetist and educator based in Phoenix, Arizona.
A graceful yet powerful presence on stage, Julia is known for delivering passionate, compelling performances, and championing contemporary music. She appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser on a variety of stages throughout the Phoenix area. Outside of Phoenix, Julia has performed at multiple International Clarinet Association conferences, been featured on recital stages in Montreal, Toronto, Knoxville, Orlando, Miami, and Minneapolis, and performed at contemporary music festivals throughout North America, including recent appearances at New Music Gathering and Darkwater Women in Music Festival. Julia has been recognized at national-level solo competitions, most recently recognized as a finalist in Black House Collective’s Inaugural New Music Soloist Competition. In the summer of 2019, Julia participated in a selective contemporary music residency program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where her playing received high praise from Tyshawn Sorey, Claire Chase, and Steven Schick. Throughout all her work, Julia seeks to use music to bring people closer together.
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 fundamental 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.