B.M., State University of New York at Potsdam; M.M., Florida State University
Julia Atkins, originally from Buffalo, NY, is a clarinetist in the Fayetteville, NC area, as well as the Orchestra Personnel and Marketing Manager for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Julia came to Fayetteville after having earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2011, and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University in 2013. She has studied with Dr. Deborah Bish (Florida State University), Dr. Frank Kowalsky (Florida State University), Dr. Julianne Kirk (Crane School of Music), Mr. Kenneth Grant (Eastman School of Music), and John Fullam (Principal Clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra). Many of Julia's performing experiences come from the numerous ensembles she performed with while in school. This includes the Florida State Wind Orchestra, Florida State Chamber Winds, Crane Symphony Orchestra, and the Crane Wind Ensemble, where she was primarily section leader or doubling on Eb and Bass Clarinet. Other performing experiences include being a member of the International Award Winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra where she performed in Carnegie Hall and side-by-side with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, several pit orchestras for shows such as Seussical the Musical, Damn Yankees, and The Wizard of Oz, and several chamber ensembles. Currently, the majority of Julia's time is spent working her full time job with the Fayetteville Symphony, but does teach clarinet part-time at Methodist University, plays with the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, and subs for ensembles in the area when needed. Aside from her jobs, Julia is an experienced arts administrator believing that the heart of arts advocacy begins with everyone who is touched by the arts in one way or another, and proper support of the arts begins through truly great arts education. Outside of music, Julia enjoys yoga and fitness, baking, crafting, and sports, both as a fan and as a player.