Biography

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, the Kimmel Center, Orchestra Hall, the Concertgebouw and The Royal Albert Hall in England.  She is currently the principal flutist in the McKeesport Symphony as well as second flutist in the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.  She also performs with the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra.

 In addition to her positions with the McKeesport and Westmoreland Symphonies, Julie has also performed with the Academy Chamber Orchestra, Bach Choir, Mendelssohn Choir, Wheeling Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera and shows at the Benedum and Byham.  Julie was a member of The Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C) from 2001-2004, the Encore Chamber Orchestra of Chicago from 1995-1997 and was principal flutist in the Washington National Opera as part of the Placido Domingo Young Artists Program in January 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.

 Julie maintains a lively flute studio in Bethel Park, PA.  Her students have won auditions to perform in district, regional, state and honors bands, as well as TRYPO, Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra and to play alongside Mrs. McGough in side-by-side concerts with the MSO.  Students that have pursued music degrees in college have attended Duquesne, Youngstown State, Clarion, Otterbein and West Virginia Universities.  Mrs. McGough has been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and the Youngstown State University Flute Fair.  She has written articles for the Pittsburgh Flute Club and Carnegie Mellon University School of Music.  Mrs. McGough is returning to Washington & Jefferson as Adjunct Professor of Flute during the 2013-2014 school year.

Mrs. McGough is actively working to support and bring classical music to communities throughout the Pittsburgh area.  She is currently the Executive Director of The Flute Forum with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza, a weekend workshop for flutists across the globe.  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 is currently on the music advisory committee on the Board of Directors for the McKeesport Symphony.  She is also a member of Westmoreland Symphony Players Association Committee.

 Julie has a MM in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a BFA in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her major teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Linda Chesis, Jennifer Conner, Alberto Almarza, and Stephanie Mortimore.

Julie is married to trumpeter, Stephen McGough, and they have two girls.  In her spare time Julie enjoys gourmet cooking, reading and spending time with her family.  Visit Julie’s website www.JulieMcGough.com to learn more about her upcoming concerts and events.

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