Faculty & Staff

Julianna Nickel


Adjunct Applied Faculty
  • Flute
  • B.M. and M.M., New England Conservatory

Julianna Nickel is a very active recitalist, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington, DC and Virginia areas. She is Adjunct Professor of Flute at George Mason University and a recipient of Mason’s 2017 Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

Recent performances include substituting with the Washington National Opera in their production of Madame Butterfly, and recitals at the National Institute of Health, the Alden Theater, historic Mount Vernon, and on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Julianna loves performing with orchestras for the Washington Chorus, the Washington Choral Arts Society, and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Julianna has also performed as a soloist with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, the George Mason Wind Ensemble, and the Landon Symphonette.

Formerly, Ms. Nickel was the Principal Flutist with the Evansville Philharmonic and Piccoloist with the Durango Music Festival. In Texas, She was also Principal Flutist of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras. She has performed as a substitute player with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra.

Julianna has adjudicated many competitions along the east coast, and has presented master classes at National Flute Association, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the West Virginia Flute Symposium, and the Richmond Flute Fest.  Additionally, Julianna has performed at four National Flute Association conventions.

Julianna maintains a large flute studio at Mason producing successful performers, teachers, art administrators, and technology specialists that are employed across the world. In addition to teaching at Mason, she maintains a dynamic studio of adult flutists. Ms. Nickel’s first teaching position was Flute Professor at the University of Evansville, Indiana. She also taught for the summer programs at the Kinhaven Music Schools in Weston, Vermont, and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.

Ms. Nickel’s GMU and adult students are highly successful in local and national competitions. Four Mason students have won master class spots at various National Flute Association Conventions. Members of her studio have been selected as winners in the Collegiate Competition, the Master Class Performers Competition, and the Adult Amateur Competition at Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. For most of Ms. Nickel’s seven years at Mason, her students have won spots in the University’s Concerto Competitions for the orchestra and wind ensemble. At the end of every school year, many Nickel studio members have performed in the Mason Honors Recital.

Two students from the Nickel studio were selected as International Scholars in 2017 to travel to Costa Rica as part of Mason collaboration with Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy and Costa Rica’s music system, SINEM.  They  participated in an arts based out reach program for Costa Rica’s challenged areas. http://potomacacademy.gmu.edu/giving-hope-music-costa-rica/

Julianna attended the New England Conservatory Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music. Her teachers were Paula Robison, Fenwick Smith and Leone Buyse. While at NEC, she was Principal Flute and Personnel Manager of the Gardner Museum Orchestra, a frequent Principal Flutist with the Vermont Symphony, and second flutist with the Boston Philharmonic. Ms. Nickel was a Tanglewood Fellow.  She also won spots in the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestra Institute.  She spends two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she soloed with their Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Nickel grew up in Austin, TX.  As a high-schooler she soloed with the San Antonio Symphony and the Central Texas Orchestra.  Julianna is married to James Nickel, a French Horn player with the National Symphony Orchestra, and is mom of Kathryn and Jonathan.  Kathryn is a teenager pursuing all things related to her musical theater dreams. Jonathan, age 10, loves the piano, competitive swimming, and baseball.

Contact Prof. Nickel:  jnickel@gmu.edu
Visit Julianna Nickel online:  julinickel.com