Dr. Julia Lougheed is a freelance clarinetist and educator in the Phoenix area. As an educator, Julia teaches Applied Clarinet and music history courses in Maricopa Community Colleges, and private clarinet and saxophone lessons. She has also taught general music classes at Archway Lincoln Classical Academy. Her performance interests are wide-ranging, but she holds a particular affinity for contemporary music, exploring new extended techniques on the clarinet, avant-garde improvisation, and working with living composers to create new pieces of music. Her creative scholarship centers around commissioning new works for the clarinet from underrepresented composers, and performing these works in as many different spaces as possible. She is a sought-after collaborator in Phoenix’s experimental music community, known particularly for her bass clarinet playing.
Julia has performed guest artist recitals throughout North America, in addition to being invited to premiere new works at national and international conferences, including the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest conferences in 2019, 2021, and 2022. She has also appeared as a featured soloist at National Festivals of Contemporary music, and participated as a fully-funded fellow in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s selective Ensemble Evolution Residency.
As an artistic administrator, Julia currently serves as Director of Development for Oh My Ears, a new music presenting organization based in Phoenix. Oh My Ears seeks to expand the relevance of contemporary art music in the Phoenix community by staging performances in both concert halls and non-traditional venues—including art galleries, coffeeshops, cinemas, and bars. 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 a previous role as Production Manager, Julia curated a concert series in collaboration with Tempe Center for The Arts, produced multi-day music festivals featuring Internationally renowned performers, and facilitated concerts highlighting the voices of artists from underrepresented demographics. In her current role as Director of Development, Julia is with establishing and maintaining Oh My Ear’s status as a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit.
Dr. Lougheed holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degree from Arizona State University, where she studied with Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where her teachers included Charles West and David Niethamer.