Julia Filson

Lecturer in Music, Horn


Julia Filson is a multi-faceted musician with vast experience in chamber, symphonic, and progressive music. Currently Julia is Acting Associate Principal Horn with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Previously, Julia was with the Gaudete Brass in Chicago, Illinois. As a member of Gaudete Brass, Julia was a recording artist with Cedille Records and in residence at Roosevelt University. She can be heard on Gaudete Brass’s Chicago Moves CD, and also an upcoming disc honoring John Corigliano. Julia toured extensively with Gaudete, providing brass and composition master-classes, recitals, and educational programs at schools such as Arizona State, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, Michigan State, S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, Texas Christian University, University of Michigan, and many more.

Commissioning music and progressing the horn is a passion of Julia’s. She has provided the premiere of over fifty new works for brass quintet, orchestra, and new music ensemble. She has played with new music groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series, Fifth House Ensemble, and the Contempo Ensemble at University of Chicago. Orchestral engagements have been with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (as a fellow), Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony.

Currently Julia spends her summers as Principal Horn of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra in Lancaster, OH. In past summers, Julia was a New Horizon’s Fellow at Aspen Music Festival, and guest Principal Horn with Pine Mountain Music Festival. Her diverse experiences comprise of performing on the Natural Horn, recording for Major Motion films, and performing with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Michael Bolton. She has been a featured soloist at the Lancaster Festival, and soloist with DePaul University’s Ensemble 20+.

Julia received her B.M. from Indiana University, and M.M. with distinction from DePaul University in Horn Performance. Mentors and teachers include Cliff Colnot, Jon Boen, Jeff Nelsen, Roger Kaza, Michael Hoeltzel, Richard Seraphinoff, and Robert Lauver. Julia is also extremely grateful to her music teachers at North Allegheny School district and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.