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An innovative flutist known for her beautiful, singing tone and expressive playing and an integral part of the Pittsburgh music scene, Julie McGough enjoys a versatile career as a performer, administrator, flute teacher, and freelance musician.
As an orchestral musician she currently holds positions with the Orchestra of the Alleghenies and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and is a freelance musician with the Pittsburgh Opera, Wheeling Symphony, Akron Symphony and touring shows. Highlights from the 2013 Season included collaborations with singers Giorgia Fumanti and Clay Aiken as well as the new Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra. As a chamber musician and soloist, she has performed at National Flute Association Conventions in Orlando, FL, Nashville, TN and Pittsburgh, PA. In 2004 Julie premiered “9 Walks Down 7th Avenue” by Daniel Dorff, which she commissioned for her Carnegie Hall Debut Recital in 2003.
A strong advocate for the arts, Mrs. McGough has held positions as Managing Director of the Orchestra of the Alleghenies, Executive Director of the Flute Forum at Carnegie Mellon University with Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza and received a grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to attend the Americans for the Arts Conference in 2013.
Mrs. McGough is currently on the adjunct music faculty at Washington and Jefferson University, where she teaches applied flute. She also runs The Flute Studio in Bethel Park, where she teaches students of all ages, from 5-65. During summers at The Flute Studio Mrs. McGough mentors one college music major as her studio assistant. This student observes lessons, student teaches and learns about the business of running a flute studio, while continuing their own study with weekly lessons with Mrs. McGough throughout the summer.
In addition to teaching, performing and working within arts organizations, Julie volunteers as a performer and music teacher in her local church and bible study and helps raise funds for Hekima Place through performances and CD’s.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Manhattan School of Music, her French and American flute lineage begins with her mentors Jeanne Baxtresser, Jennifer Conner, Alberto Almarza, Linda Chesis and Stephanie Mortimore.
She is a wife and mom and finds her well balanced, albeit busy, career gives her the opportunity to shape the direction of classical music in the community. www.JulieMcGough.com