- B.M. and M.M., New England Conservatory
Julianna Nickel, Adjunct Professor of Flute at George Mason University, is a very active recitalist, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington DC and Virginia area. Julianna’s maintains a large studio at Mason producing successful performers, teachers, arts administrators, and technology specialists that are employed across the region. In addition to teaching at Mason, and maintaining a dynamic studio of adult flutists. Ms. Nickel performs with chamber groups, orchestras, and as a soloist.
Julianna’s teaching experience includes her first job as adjunct professor the University of Evansville, a one-year position with the Kinhaven Music School, and a summer positions in 2011 with the Stellenbosch Music Festival in South Africa. Julianna has been an active performer and clinician for the National Flute Association, the Washington Flute Society, and other regional flute clubs including the South Carolina Flute Society and the Richmond Flute Fest.
Recent performances include concerts at the AldenTheater, Mount Vernon, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Eisenhower Theater, and the Hylton Center. Julianna enjoys performing with orchestras for 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.
Former performance positions include Principal Flute of the Evansville Philharmonic, Flute and Piccolo with the Durango Music Festival, Principal Flute with the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras. She has been a substitute performer on flute, piccolo, and alto flute with the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra.
Julianna attended the New England Conservatory of 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, and she performed frequently with the Vermont Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic. Julianna was a two-time winner of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, a winner of the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, and a winner in the Flute Talk Magazine Competition. Ms. Nickel attended many music festivals on full scholarship including Tanglewood, The National Repertory Orchestra, and The National Orchestral Institute. She spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she was a soloist with the Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Nickel went to high school in Austin, Texas. During those years she was soloist 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 the mother of Kathryn and Jonathan.