Julia Mattern has 25 years experience teaching at the university level and performing as a professional flutist. She incorporates a passion for teaching with a holistic approach that educates the whole person and a commitment to helping each student find their unique voice and path.
Dr. Mattern is principal flute with the White River Chamber Orchestra and Projekt: Opera and flutist with MaTTernity (duo with cellist John Mattern) and the Billericay Trio (flute, cello and piano). She most recently taught flute at Indiana State University, where she performed with the ISU faculty woodwind quintet, as principal flute with the Regali Winds and on the ISU Contemporary Music Festival.
For 16 years, Dr. Mattern was professor of flute at Ball State University, flutist with the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet and principal flute with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. She performed regularly on the Ball State Faculty Artist and Summer Chamber Music Series and Contemporary Music Festival, and her performances were broadcast on WBST’s Encore program. While at Ball State, Dr. Mattern founded and coordinated FluteFest, an annual outreach event for young flutists and their teachers. She previously served as professor of flute at Mississippi State University, was a Mississippi Arts Commission Touring Artist, and was a co-founder of the Mississippi Flute Association and program chairman for their 1992 annual meeting. Dr. Mattern has also taught at the ARIA International Summer Music Academy, District of Columbia Youth Orchestra and Michigan State University Youth Music Program.
She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Russian Festival Orchestra (Indianapolis), National Chamber Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), National Gallery of Art Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Richmond (IN) Symphony, Columbus (IN) Symphony, Marion (IN) Philharmonic, Kokomo (IN) Symphony, Lansing (MI) Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Prince Georges (MD) Philharmonic, Tupelo (MS) Symphony, Starkville (MS) Symphony, Kokomo (IN) Park Band and White River Wind Symphony. From 1984-89, she was active as a professional musician in Washington, D.C., including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum for Women in the Arts and the United States Capitol.
Dr. Mattern received degrees in flute performance and pedagogy from Michigan State University (B.M.) and the University of Maryland (M.M. and D.M.A) and has performed in masterclasses for internationally-acclaimed flutists Michel Debost, Geoffrey Gilbert, Julius Baker, Trevor Wye, Robert Dick, Toshiko Kohno, Robert Willoughby, Amy Porter and Jeanne Baxtresser. She was a winner of the Homer Ulrich Competition at the University of Maryland and the Flute Society of Washington, D.C. Young Artist Competition.
An active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Mattern has performed at NFA conventions in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Orlando, Phoenix, Columbus and Washington, D.C. She is a five-time winner of the NFA Convention Performer’s Competition and a winner of the NFA Professional Flute Competition in 1992. Dr. Mattern has served the NFA as a judge for the Young Artist, Orchestral Masterclass, Piccolo Artist, Newly Published Music, High School Soloist, High School Flute Choir and Convention Masterclass Competitions, as a member of the Pedagogy Committee, as Workshops Coordinator for the 1993 and 1994 conventions and as Advertising Editor for The Flutist Quarterly for five years. Dr. Mattern presented pedagogy workshops and served on college teaching panels at NFA conventions in San Diego, Chicago and Phoenix. In 2001, she directed the NFA High School Flute Choir at the Dallas convention.
Dr. Mattern has also performed at national conventions of the American Society of Composers, Music Educators National Conference, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Music Teachers National Association and the International Double Reed Society, appeared on Front Row, Center for public television and Backstage Indiana for public radio, and performed at the Harvard Club in New York City.
Dr. Mattern has been a guest artist for the Tucson Flute Club and presented solo recitals and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the midwest. Honors include being a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by Music Teachers National Association and having her biography chosen for inclusion in The International Who’s Who of Musicians, 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century and Who’s Who of American Women. Her articles and flute music reviews have appeared in Flute Talk, The Flutist Quarterly and The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. She is active as an adjudicator for various competitions and solo and ensemble festivals.
Dr. Mattern’s students have won or placed in the Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Art of Woodwinds and Brass International Competition, NFA’s Orchestral and Masterclass competitions, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Woodwind Competition, Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist Competition, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Indiana Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwind Competition, Kokomo Park Band Competition, Ball State University Concerto Competition (undergraduate and graduate), Mississippi Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwind Competition, Mississippi Music Educators Association Competition, Mississippi Flute Association Masterclass competition and the Mississippi State University Faculty Scholarship Competition. Her students have been accepted to the James Galway Flute Festival, Mozart Academy Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria, Rome Festival, Pierre Monteux Festival, ARIA International Summer Music Academy, Sewanee Music Festival, Domaine Forget Flute Institute, Eastern Music Festival and the American Orchestral Institute with Detroit Symphony flutists Ervin Monroe and Jeff Zook. Internationally-acclaimed flutists for whom Dr. Mattern’s students have been chosen to perform include James Galway, William Bennett, Michel Debost, Ransom Wilson, Emmanuel Pahud, Stephen Preston, Claude Monteux, Mathieu Defour and Charles Delaney.
In addition to her musical endeavors, Dr. Mattern is also a certified professional life and holistic health coach. She loves to incorporate coaching skills and the latest research in learning theories and how the brain works into her teaching.