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. She 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. She is Artistic 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. As a soloist, she has performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Southeastern Symphonic Winds, Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble and most recently, Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has also performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conventions. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke, Amy Porter, Christina Jennings and Carol Wincenc.
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.
An esteemed teacher, Dr. Walker was the 2016 recipient of the Paul W. Barrus Distiguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, and for masterclasses all over the U.S. She has also taught at the Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the CICA International Summer Music Festival in Dallas, TX.
As an adjudicator, Dr. Walker has adjudicated for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Triennial, the Mid-South Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Oklahoma Flute Society, the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown competition and the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir and Newly Published Music competitions. Dr. Walker has previously served on the Board of Directors in the Oklahoma Flute Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society. In addition, she serves on the NFA Cultural Outreach Committee.
Dr. Walker regularly performs with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, FlutAria! professional flute trio, and the Dallas Winds. She has also performed with The Dallas Opera, Dallas Chamber Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Abilene Philharmonic. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, September Payne, Helen Blackburn, and Elizabeth McNutt.