From Seattle, Washington, Julia Pyke is the newly appointed Principal Flute of the Spokane Symphony and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Whitworth University. She was the winner of SFCM's Brass & Woodwind Concerto Competition and performed Lowell Liebermann's Flute Concerto with the SFCM Orchestra in 2021. She was also selected for several Danenberg Honors Recitals while at Oberlin, and for the 2019 Oberlin Orchestra tour at Carnegie Hall.
She has been a fellow at Aspen Music Festival as a member of the American Conducting Academy, Music Academy of the West, and Texas Music Festival, and has performed with the New World Symphony as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. She has appeared in performance at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio and in Carnegie Hall. While at Aspen, she was runner-up for the woodwind concerto competition, and while at Music Academy of the West, she was a finalist for both the Duo Competition and the Keston MAX audition in partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra. She has performed under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Larry Rachleff, John Adams, Hans Graf, Tim Weiss, Hugh Wolff, Markus Stenz, Andre Boreyko, and Ludovic Morlot.
Julia's primary teachers include Timothy Day, former Principal Flute of the San Francisco Symphony, and Dr. Alexa Still. She completed a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.