Julie Asuma Levene
Julie Asuma Levene has been teaching at NMS since 2008. She enjoys working with clarinet students of all ages and abilities, beginner and intermediate saxophone students, and coaching chamber ensembles. Julie established a week-long summer clarinet chamber music workshop at NMS in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, both in clarinet performance. Her teachers have included David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, and Ayako Oshima.
Julie is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and she subs with many other orchestras throughout CT. An active freelance musician, she has played at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT for the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as performances of the musical Cyrano at the Goodspeed Opera House’s Terris Theater. Julie is an Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and is on the music faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall.
Julie lives in Hamden with her husband, son, and 2 cats. Her home music studio is filled with a large family of clarinets, some saxophone cousins, and two accordions (no relation). She enjoys cardio kickboxing in her free time.
Why I teach at NMS: I love the variety of students I see in my studio every day! People with such a wide range of personalities, ages, goals, interests, and abilities walk through my door each week and no two lessons are ever alike. I strive to help every student be the best they can be and achieve their chosen goals, and I hope to make that journey as fun and rewarding as possible.