Faculty/Staff Profile

Julia Gerhardt

Julia Gerhardt, BM, MM

Instructor of Horn

Phone: 678-839-6516 | Fax: 678-839-6259

Email:  jgerhard@westga.edu

Office: Humanities Building


As varied in repertoire as experience, hornist Julie Gerhardt is an innovative performer of
a large spectrum of works, informed by a wide breadth of scholarship. Originally from
Fayetteville, Georgia, Ms. Gerhardt’s musical endeavors include both performance and
teaching, from serving on the staff of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in the wilderness of
New Hampshire to performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
After five years as a middle school band director, Gerhardt spent a year working toward a
Master of Music in horn performance at the University of Georgia with Dr. Jean Martin-
Williams and with Richard Deane of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She spent the
following two years at the University of New Hampshire earning a Master of Arts in
Music degree, studying horn with Kendall Betts, former principal hornist of the
Minnesota Orchestra. Most recently, she earned a Performer Diploma at the Indiana
University Jacobs School of Music, studying valved horn with Jeff Nelsen, former hornist
for the Canadian Brass, and Dale Clevenger, former principal hornist of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Gerhardt studied natural horn with Rick
Seraphinoff, one of the leaders in the study, performance, and replication of the
Currently, Ms. Gerhardt holds positions in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the
Albany Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with a number of orchestras in the
southeast and beyond, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville
Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and the Quad Cities Symphony
Ms. Gerhardt is the horn instructor at the University of West Georgia. She has also
taught minor-area horn lessons at the University of Georgia, marching band and music
theory at the University of New Hampshire, and has served as an artist affiliate at Emory
University in Atlanta. She has also taught marching band at Georgia State University.
She continues to serve as a clinician in the metro Atlanta middle and high schools.
Additionally, the middle school and high school horn students in her private-teaching
studio have experienced high degrees of success within their own band programs and at
District Honor Band, All-State Band, and Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • MUSC-2600L (Principal Applied: Horn)    
    • MUSC-3602 (Brass Techniques and Materials)