ClubFCNY Spotlight: Navigating Focal Dystonia with Julianna Nickel

Julianna Nickel speaks with resident flutist Alex Xeros about being an active flutist while living with focal dystonia. Learn about the process of being properly diagnosed, being an advocate for yourself, treatments that worked, and participating in a groundbreaking study with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also talks about her approach to teaching at George Mason University and having the privilege to play in array of groups in the Washington DC area.

Julianna Nickel is an active performer, teacher, and freelancer in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Nickel is a lauded, versatile performer on the stage known for her “talent, intelligence, beauty, the will to work and succeed…” She is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at George Mason University and a two-time recipient of Mason’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2019, 2017).


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