FORMAL CLASSICAL BIO
Julieanne began classical piano lessons at age five, voice lessons at age eleven, and continued training on both instruments through the completion of her undergraduate degree. She then turned her focus towards opera and contemporary/avant-garde music for her graduate studies. During this time, Julieanne became a noted specialist of 20th and 21st century music, and has sung numerous world premieres throughout the United States and Canada. She toured the United Kingdom performing Pierrot lunaire and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses with the renowned Ulysses Ensemble (sponsored by Britten-Pears/Aldeburgh Music), culminating with a live performance on BBC Radio, and has done contemporary music lecture/performance tours in Southern California, Montreal, and Vienna (Austria).
Julieanne completed her Doctorate of Music from McGill University in 2007, specializing in computer-based live and interactive electronic vocal works. Additional areas of concentration included contemporary performance practices, extended vocal techniques, and pedagogical methodologies of the Italian bel canto vocal tradition. Following this period she began to explore electronic music composition, and debuted concerts of her electronic vocal works in Vienna at the Essl Museum and Verein08. She also premiered Hildegard Re-Imagined, a electronic reinterpretation of the works of Hildegard von Bingen, presented at a fashion show in Manhattan’s JF & Son Boutique.
Julieanne’s orchestral and opera performances include many of the pillars of 20th and 21st century repertoire: Erwartung and Pierrot lunaire (Arnold Schoenberg); La voix humaine and Dialogues des Carmélites (Francis Poulenc); Ancient Voices of Children, Night Music I and Night of the Four Moons (George Crumb); Folksongs and O King (Luciano Berio); Fünf Geistliche Lieder and Kantate’s No. 1& 2 (Anton Webern); Wozzeck (selections) and Sieben frühe Lieder (Alban Berg); Bouchera (Claude Vivier); Turn of the Screw (Benjamin Britten); and Seven Romances on Text of Alexander Blok (Dmitri Shostakovich). She has also been heard in live broadcasts and interviews on BBC radio (In Tune), CBC Radio 1 (Cinq a six), CBC Radio-Canada and 105.1 K-MZT (Los Angeles). Recordings include Luna Pearl Woolf’s Orpheus on Sappho’s Shore for Oxingale Records. Notable solo engagements include performances with the JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, Ulysses Ensemble, Washington Chorus, Mobtown Modern New Music Series, SMCQ Orchestra (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec), Ensemble Contemporaine, Music of Changes, Ensemble Avenir, Ensemble Prima, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Curtis Institute of Music, Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Princeton ProMusica, Trenton Symphony Orchestra and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble.
In 2009, Julieanne decided to take a break from the intensities of a professional performance career, and traveled to Tanzania to volunteer for the summer. Eight years later, the impressions of that experience still vibrate profoundly throughout her psyche. Upon returning to the United States, she experienced a prolonged existential depression, and decided to slowly transition her career away from classical music and towards music that speaks soulfully and expansively to a more diverse, inclusive, 21st-century audience. She renewed her passion for jazz and electronic music production, and began finding ways to integrate her obsessions with art music, electronic sounds, and social causes into her creative endeavors. In 2012 Julieanne co-produced, directed and performed in Youn Pa Youn :: One By One, a multimedia art weekend in Brooklyn devoted to raising awareness about the post-earthquake humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Her most recent show, Apathy is Not Sexy: Political Resistance Through Art encompassed classical & jazz music from the 1920s and 30s in a lecture / performance format designed to give the audience a comprehensive perspective of music from this important historical period.