Julia Broxholm

Associate Professor, Voice
Director, Division of Voice
Primary office:
414 Murphy Hall

D.M.A. University of Michigan; M.M. University of Michigan; B.M. University of Michigan

Soprano Julia Broxholm has a career that spans opera to Broadway, oratorio to vocal chamber music, and recitalist to recording artist.  In recent years she has devoted herself to teaching and the results are spectacular.  Her former students are leading players on stages on Broadway, in Las Vegas, in national touring companies, and in Europe.  Noted for her understanding of vocal technique and articulation of text, she is quickly becoming a most sought after pedagogue.
Her operatic roles have included Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, the title role in Floyd's Susannah, Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme She has also appeared in numerous musical theater roles, most recently in a production of Follies with Donna McKechnie and original Broadway cast members Marti Rolph, Virginia Sandifur, Kurt Peterson, and Harvey Evans, doing the big number, "Broadway Baby”. She is passionate and accomplished in the musical theater repertoire.  
In oratorio she has been soloist in all of the major choral works:  Handel's Messiah, Saul, Solomon and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem,Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Haydn's The Creation, Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Faure's Requiem and Poulenc's Gloria as well as numerous other smaller works. She was highly praised by the composer for her performance in Dave Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada.

In the area of vocal chamber music she was a founding member of SATB, a vocal quartet specializing in vocal chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Her performances with SATB have taken her from the Cayman Islands International Music Festival to Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. Recordings include two releases with SATB; Magic, and It's a Grand Night….Four Singing.  . A recent project has been a series of premier performances of Byna, Life Songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Indian Descent. Byna is the collaboration of a North Carolina composer and playwright, and has been receiving performances throughout the Appalachian mountain region.  While in Michigan she is a regular artist appearing with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony in repertoire from Beethoven Symphony to programs featuring the music of George Gershwin. 
As a recitalist she is well known for her performances of vocal literature by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.  She continues to work with Steven Blier, coaching this repertoire, and collaborates with Russell Miller in performances of this exciting song literature.  With pianist Martin Katz and clarinetist Fred Ormand, she has recorded the major literature for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Of Shepherds, Romance and Love features music of the 19th century, and the more recently released Transience includes the song cycles Ariel by Ned Rorem, and To Be Sung Upon the Water by Dominick Argento as well as Toot Suite, a set of classic songs from the musical theater world.   She is quickly becoming known in this repertoire which includes some of the most recognized vocal chamber music with instruments.  Composer John Harbison was effusive in his praise of her performance of his Chorale Cantata.  In the May/June 2008 issue of American Record Guide,  respected music critic Robert Moore wrote of her performance in Transience, "Julia Broxholm offers striking readings and displays impeccable vocal technique, marked by purity of tone, clarity of articulation, and effortless-sounding singing above the staff. " 
Dr. Broxholm received a D.M.A in vocal performance from the University of Michigan where she was lauded for setting a new standard of excellence for performing musicians in the areas of research and performance.

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