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Julie Thornton Bio

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Julie Duncan Thornton plays Flute and Piccolo with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and is the Flute Instructor for the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. She has also performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony. Ms. Thornton has been a featured Flute performer and teacher fot Inverno de Campos do Jordao in Brazil. Each summer, she performs as Principal Flute of the Washington Island Music Festival.

A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Ms. Thornton holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. In addition, she has completed her course work towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. She has performed with the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, Strings in the Mountains, the Aspen Music Festival, the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Music Academy of the West. Her primary teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Thornton has been a winner and finalist of several competitions, including the Seventeen Magazine and General Motors National Concerto Competition, The Flute Talk Competition, Northwestern University Concerto Competition and the National Flute Association High School Solo Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions. Ms. Thornton can be heard on the London, Teldec, Naxos, and Koch International labels.

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Last updated: 12/02/2020