The 2017 Flute Fiesta Guest Artist is Dr. Julee Kim Walker!
A native Houstonian, flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to her appointment, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. Julee received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. Walker has served on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society and the Oklahoma Flute Society, and is the Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
As a versatile chamber musician, she has performed and recorded with the jazz chamber group, Evan Weiss Project, and with the rock band Oso Closo. Julee has also performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony under Eugene Corporon, where she can be heard on the Klavier Wind Project, GIA WindWorks and the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series from 2005-2009. She appeared as soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conventions.
Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for 4 seasons, most recently summer of 2015, and has also performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France. In the summer of 2013, she served on the faculty of the CICA International Summer Music Festival in Dallas, TX and traveled to South America to work with The Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she will return this March as Guest Artist. In November 2014, she was featured soloist with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble, performing Joel Puckett’s The Shadow of Sirius and Eugene Damare’s Cleopatra Polka. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke and Carol Wincenc.
Dr. Walker currently plays flute and piccolo in the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony and with Lyric Stage (Irving), and has also performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony and Shreveport Symphony Orchestras. She is also a member of Metroplex Flutes and FlutAria! trio. Dr. Walker has been runner-up for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Band piccolo audition, and a finalist at the U.S. Army Field Band flute audition. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, September Payne, Helen Blackburn, and Elizabeth McNutt. Please visit juleekimwalker.wix.com/flutist for more information.
Julee will be accompanied by Tzufeng Liu.
A native of Taiwan, Tzufeng Liu performs intensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She made her first orchestral debut at age 12 and recent concert venues include Concert Hall at the Etherredge Center, Keller Hall at University of New Mexico, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Anderson House at Washington DC and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
Tzufeng’s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led her to premiere compositions in many new music festivals including the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, CHASM Festival, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium and Santa Fe International Festival of Electroacoustic Music. She has received a graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in Albuquerque as a chamber musician while cultivating a private piano studio.