Julia Bair

Julia B.

Chicago, IL

About Julia B.

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Julia teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: September 2010
Last sign in: Last week


Julia is a bassoonist and private teacher in Chicago. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University, and she has performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, the Northbrook Symphony and 42nd Parallel. Her woodwind trio advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Fischoff Competition.

Currently, Julia performs frequently with Second City Winds. Find more about their concerts on Facebook!

Julia teaches a private studio in Chicago as well as being on faculty for Lake Forest College. Julia previously taught music at a preschool in Chicago. She has also taught music and dance in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Julia is a friendly teacher, and she enjoys challenging her students. She welcomes newcomers! If you are interested in trying out a bassoon for the first time she can set up a trial lesson. Her current students range from 12- 65 years of age, beginner to advanced.

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Second City Winds


Bassoon Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Lake Forest College

I teach applied lessons to undergraduate bassoon students at Lake Forest College.

May 2016 - Present
Second City Winds

Our woodwind quintet, Second City Winds, performs free concerts around the Chicagoland area at libraries, schools and churches. You can find them on facebook and our website is coming soon!

2nd Bassoonist
Sep 2014 - Present
Northbrook Symphony

Introduction to Bassoon
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Hyde Park Allegro Music Camp

Taught introduction to bassoon classes to children ages 6-11.

Music & Movement Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
Little Marvels Early Childhood School

Julia teaches music and movement classes to children ages 3 months to 3 years.

Teaching Artist
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
Explore Music! Camp

Julia taught an introduction to dance to children ages 7-11 through the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd Minnesota.

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Chamber Music Coach and Teaching Assistant
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
Interlochen Arts Camp

Julia coached high school woodwind quintets and assistant young student in practice techniques.


MM Bassoon Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University
BM Bassoon Performance & BA Neuroscience
Sep 2007 - Jun 2012
Oberlin College and Conservatory

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
Jun 2015


Fischoff Chamber Music Competition Semifinalist
May 2014
Fischoff Competition
Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition Semifinalist
Jan 2012
Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition

2 Reviews on Julia B.

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Megan Aug 3, 2016
· Bassoon · In studio I have known Julia for many years as a colleague---both as a performer and as a fellow educator. She is a brilliant, knowledgable musician, devoted teacher, and generally fantastic human being. She genuinely cares about her students' progress and is motivated to ensure they have a positive experience with music, no matter their proficiency.

It's rare to find a teacher with Julia's strong background as a highly educated professional bassoonist combined with her passion for teaching. I strongly recommend studying with her!
Michele M. Jun 22, 2016
· Bassoon · In home I am an older student who took up playing the bassoon again after 20 years. I was quite intimidated getting back into playing. Julia has been amazingly supportive and helped me get back up to speed. She has also taught me techniques I did not learn 20 years ago! I look forward to each lesson because of this and notice a real improvement in my playing. I wouldn't trade Julia for any other instructor.
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