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Julianna Nickel

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  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A417
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Julianna Nickel is a very active recitalist, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington D.C. and Virginia areas.  Recent performances include recitals on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, at Gareth Newell Performing Arts Center in Hot Springs, VA, at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention in Washington D.C.   Julianna freelances in the DC area with large orchestras and small chamber groups.  Past freelancing includes substituting with the National and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Washington National Opera, and at the National Cathedral.  Ms. Nickel is the principal flutist of the the American Festival Pops Orchestra.

During the summer of 2011, Ms. Nickel performed and taught at the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa, and spent many summers as piccoloist with Music in the Mountains Orchestra in Durango, Colorado.  In 2012, she appeared as a soloist with the Landon Symphonette, performing Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2.  Prior to moving to the D.C. area, Ms. Nickel lived in Dallas where she was a very active freelancer and teacher where she was the principal flute of the Plano and Irving Symphonies.  Julianna spent a summer as substitute flute professor for the Kinhanven Music School in Vermont.  Prior moving to Dallas, Julianna was the professor of flute at the University of Evansville and principal flute of the Evansville Philharmonic.

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.


MM, Flute Performance, New England Conservatory (1994)

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Appointment: Adjunct

Faculty Rank: Instructor

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