Julie McEntee is a French horn player and a 1976 alumna of UM's Department of Music. She earned a Bachelor
of Music degree in horn performance from the University of Montevallo, graduating with
highest honors. Ms. McEntee continued her horn studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, completing two years of graduate work in
French horn performance. Over the next several years she performed with the Orchestra of Santa Fe,
the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera
orchestra. In 1986 she moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she was Business
Manager of RBC Music Company and a member of the San Antonio Municipal
Band. Julie returned to her home town in the summer of
1995 and began working in the Records Office, but soon transferred when an opportunity to work in the music office occurred. In 1999 Ms. McEntee was honored by being named the first recipient of the University of
Montevallo National Alumni Association's Outstanding Staff Award.
A few years later she was again honored to receive the Office Support Personnel’s Award for Excellence for
Ms. McEntee is active in the community
and is a strong supporter of the arts. She is on the board of directors of
the Montevallo Arts Council where she serves as vice president and is chair of the music committee.
She is a founding member
Montevallo Community Band, and serves as French horn section leader and as a board member of that group.
Still an active musician, Ms. McEntee enjoys playing
her horn both professionally and with amateur groups. She is a member of
the musicians' union, Local 256-733 and occasionally substitutes with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly with the
Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in the position of second horn. She has also performed with Alabama
the Birmingham Art Music Alliance,
Summerfest Musical Theatre, the
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the
Montgomery Symphony, and in many area
churches. She has performed in the orchestra for many of the music department's musical and opera productions, and several times has accompanied one of the choirs. She often participates in student ensembles such as Brass Ensemble and Horn Ensemble. She currently studies horn with David Pandolfi, principal horn of the Alabama Symphony and instructor of horn at UM, and she is on staff as a horn teacher with the UM Community School of Music.
In addition to music, Julie also enjoys reading,
hiking, camping, gardening, yoga, and working Sudoku puzzles. She lives in Montevallo with her two children,
her four cats and her dog.