Julia Dombek, Horn

Julia Dombek is a freelance horn player based in the greater Boston area. Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, she had her first professional orchestral experience performing with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17, after picking up the horn at 15. Having been greatly impacted by this and other orchestral experiences, Julia decided to pursue orchestral music professionally, and obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory. 

Julia continues to play with various larger ensembles in the greater Boston area, such as the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Phoenix Orchestra, and Symphony Nova, for which she was recently awarded a fellowship position. In addition to orchestral experience, she enjoys an active chamber life as a member of her horn quartet, which recently placed first at the International Horn Society's horn quartet competition.

Having grown up in a tightly knit area, community engagement is a passion of Julia’s; consequently, her last brass quartet was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Arts Festival to perform and workshop throughout public schools within the Virginia Beach area. Phoenix has been a wonderful exploration of these values with its emphasis on connecting with its audiences.

Julia has been fortunate enough to spend two summers as a student at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, as well as a summer at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys leading an active life through crossfit, yoga, and the occasional outdoor run.