Title: Assistant Professor of Music, Woodwinds Area Coordinator
Instruments: Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon
Degrees: B.M, M.M., Ohio University
Phone: (814) 332-3301
Office Location: Arnold Hall of Music, M117
Julie Hepler, bassoon, is Assistant Professor of Music at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where she holds the position of Woodwind Area Coordinator. She teaches bassoon, clarinet and saxophone as well as courses in Music History, Music Appreciation and first year writing seminars. She began teaching at Allegheny in 2003 and has also taught at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and West Virginia University-IT Campus (Montgomery, WV). A native of West Virginia, Professor Hepler received both her B.M. (Music History) and M.M. (Woodwind Performance/Pedagogy) from Ohio University. Her doctoral studies took place at Louisiana State University, where she studied bassoon performance with William Ludwig with a secondary concentration in music history. A professional musician for over 30 years, she has performed as principal with numerous ensembles, both as a regular member and a first-call sub. Some of these ensembles include the Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Mississippi Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony. She has played under the batons of conductors such as Robert Spano, Maxim Shostakovich, Evan Whallon, Margaret Hillis, Loras Schissel, Keith Brion, Col. Tim Foley and Cmmdr. Allen Beck, and has shared the stage with some of the top artists of our time, including YoYo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Isaac Stern, Kathleen Battle, James Galway, Janos Starker, Leon Fleischer and the Kafavian sisters. As a woodwind clinician, she has presented for Festivals at Sea, PMEA, OMEA and WVMEA and has served as an audition judge for CBDNA, PCBA, West Virginia All State and the Federation of Music Clubs. She is married to fellow professor and musician Lowell Hepler with whom she shares a glorious life full of music, travel and the antics of their kitties, Boogie and Woogie.
Courses taught: FS 101, FS 102, MUS 101, MUS 104, MUS 120, MUS 286, MUS 287, MUS 384, MUS 272-472, MUS 273-473, MUS 274-474