Julie McGough

Julie McGough

Julie Seftick-McGough is that rare combination of an outstanding teacher and extraordinary performer. Her remarkable skills as a flutist and artist inform and guide her ability to create a wonderful experience for a student of the flute.  

I simply can’t think of a better flute teacher and mentor for an aspiring student. 

Jeanne Baxtresser

Former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic

An innovative flutist known for her beautiful, singing tone and expressive playing, Julie McGough enjoys a career as a much sought after soloist, orchestral musician and teacher.  She has performed in halls throughout the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall, Benedum, Byham, Kimmel Center, Orchestra Hall, the Concertgebouw and The Royal Albert Hall in England.


  • Pittsburgh Opera, on stage & off-stage banda piccolo, substitute flute and piccolo
  • Westmoreland Symphony, second flute
  • McKeesport Symphony/Orchestra of the Alleghenies, principal flute
  • Wheeling Symphony, substitute flute and piccolo
  • Akron Symphony, substitute flute
  • Haddonfield Symphony/Symphony in C, second flute 2001-2004
  • Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, solo flute & piccolo
  • Academy Chamber Orchestra, Bach Choir, Mendelssohn Choir
  • Shows at the Benedum and Byham Theaters in Pittsburgh
  • Washington National Opera/Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Placido Domingo Young Artists Orchestra 2005

 At the age of 24, Mrs. McGough was presented in her Carnegie Hall debut recital in New York City by Artists International, Inc.  At this recital she premiered “9 Walks Down 7th Avenue” written for Mrs. McGough by Daniel Dorff.  She has also performed at National Flute Association Conventions in Orlando, FL, Nashville, TN and Pittsburgh, PA.  She can be seen throughout Pittsburgh as a recitalist and chamber music musician.


Mrs. McGough is not just a neighborhood flute teacher, she is a teaching artist – What is a teaching artist? According to Wikipedia: Teaching Artists, also called artist/educators, or community artists are professional artists who teach and integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings.   As an active professional musician she strives to share her extensive knowledge of the flute with students of all ages.

Mrs. McGough is Adjunct Professor of Flute at Washington & Jefferson College and maintains a lively flute studio in Bethel Park, PA.  She teaches a variety of students, from a handful of beginners to talented high school and college students and even a few adult amateur students.  Her students have achieved top scores at honors band, district band and orchestra, regional band and orchestra as well as the state level band and orchestra.  Students wishing to audition for college receive excellent training with Mrs. McGough, with acceptance at many of the top colleges for music performance and education.  She has taught masterclasses & lectures for school band programs, orchestral outreach programs and at Carnegie Mellon University and Youngstown State University.    Her articles have been published by the Pittsburgh Flute Club.


Mrs. McGough is currently the Executive Director of  The Consummate Flutist with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza at Carnegie Mellon University.  Established in 2013, these classes are quickly becoming the top masterclasses for advanced high school and college flutists.  Students travel from across the world to participate in masterclasses, workshops and lectures at Carnegie Mellon University.  For more information please visit: www.theconsummateflutist.com or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/fluteforum

During the 2012-2013 Season Julie was the Interim Managing Director of the McKeesport Symphony.  In the summer of 2011 she formed a network of classical musicians, South Hills Classical Music Connection, their first event was a musical instrument petting zoo at the 2011 Bethel Park Community Day.  She was a member of the music advisory committee on the Board of Directors for the McKeesport Symphony.  She is a member of Westmoreland Symphony Players Association Committee.



  • Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flute New York Philharmonic, faculty of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alberto Almarza, international performing artist, faculty Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jennifer Steele, second flute Pittsburgh Symphony, faculty Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University
  • Stephanie Mortimore, solo piccolo Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Linda Chesis, international flute soloist, faculty Manhattan School of Music


A creative person in many aspects, Julie also enjoys designing and managing websites for her projects and colleagues. Please contact Julie for prices for website hosting and/or website design.  Examples of her website designs:

Julie loves to share the gift of music with the community.  In addition to her professional engagements she enjoys performing at:

  • Churches, including her home church, St. Winifred Parish in Mt. Lebanon, PA
  • Community Bible Study, where she also volunteers as the music director of the children’s classes, teaching religious music to children ages 18 months-6 years old!
  • Weddings (please use the contact page to inquire about prices and for more information)
  • Annual Christmas Recital to raise money for Hekima Place, www.hekimaplace.org

Julie is a mom and wife and enjoys her time with her husband and girls, who are also musicians!

She is passionate about the environment, natural & organic food and yoga.  In her (almost non-existent) free time she loves gourmet cooking, reading and spending time with her neighbors and friends.