A native of Rochester, NY, Julia received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College in 2012. She appeared in several productions with Nazareth College Opera Workshop, including L’enfant et les sortilèges (L’écureil), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), La Calisto (Diana), and Gianni Schicchi (La Ciesca). At Nazareth, she was a two-time winner of their Concerto and Aria Competition, recipient of the Excellence in Vocal Performance Award, and received the Excellency Certificate of Achievement in French Studies two years in a row. She then maintained an active role as a performer and teacher in the Rochester area for several years while studying voice with Kathryn Cowdrick of the Eastman School of Music.
Julia graduated from Penn State University this past May where she received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy while studying with Jennifer Trost. With Penn State Opera Theatre, she appeared as Bradamante in Alcina and the title role in Iolanthe. While pursuing her degree, she was able to cultivate both classical and musical theatre performance pedagogies under the tutelage of Norman Spivey and Mary Saunders Barton. She continues to enthusiastically develop classical and musical theatre style practices in her own performance as well as in her private voice studio. She is also an avid yogi and runner in addition to being a former martial artist and dancer. She enjoys using these experiences to guide her exploration of singing and music-making as part of an integrated experience of the mind and body.
Earlier this summer, Julia sang the role of Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with the Miami Music Festival Opera Institute as an Apprentice Artist. She also performed at Halifax Summer Opera Festival as La Virtue in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year, she will be pursuing her Professional Performer's Certificate in Voice at Penn State University to perform Francis Poulenc's La voix humaine and has also joined the voice faculty at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA.