Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hornist Julia Cavagnaro is an active performer and educator in the New England area. She is currently the Instructor of French horn at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT as well as the Brass instructor at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.
In addition to being a member of NBQ, Julia has appeared with many orchestras throughout New England and New York, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Salisbury Sinfonietta, Novus New York, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Chorus of Westerly, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and The Nutmeg Symphony. She also plays in various theatre productions throughout the same region and was most recently a part of the Hartford Stage's production of Anastasia that is due to open on Broadway in Spring 2017. In early 2015, Julia made her international debut in Reykjavik, Iceland with the Foot in the Door Ensemble during its weeklong Icelandic tour.
Ms. Cavagnaro is currently a DMA candidate (ABD) at The Hartt School where she studied with David Wakefield. She presented a lecture recital titled The Unique Structure, Thematic Development, and Nostalgic Tendencies of Brahms in His Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano, op. 40 and is continuing her research on the horn trio in preparation for her dissertation. In 2012, Julia completed a Masters of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied with Laura Klock. Before moving to New England, Julia studied both Nursing and Music at San Jose State University and completed her bachelor’s degree in music education.
Julia has served as a middle school band director and has held Horn Instructor positions for the Belchertown Public School District as well as Deerfield Academy. She currently maintains a private studio in Connecticut and enjoys cooking and going on outdoor adventures with her husband Rhett and their beloved dog Indy.