D.M.A. University of Michigan; M.M. University of Michigan; B.M. University of Michigan
Soprano Julia Broxholm maintains a versatile schedule of solo and chamber music performances. She is a founding member of SATB, a vocal quartet specializing in vocal chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, her particular area of interest as a recitalist is vocal literature by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her performances with SATB have taken her from the Cayman Islands International Music Festival to Severance Hall, and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. Recordings include two releases with SATB; Magic, and It’s a Grand Night….Four Singing. She also has recorded two CD’s of soprano, clarinet repertoire with clarinetist Fred Ormand and pianist Martin Katz. Of Shepherds, Romance and Love features music of the 19th century, and Transcendence includes Ariel by Ned Rorem, and To Be Sung Upon the Water by Dominick Argento. Her most recent project is a recording of 20th and 21st century American song with pianist Russell Miller, with whom she regularly appears in recital. The recording will feature The Soul Fox, a new song cycle by Lori Laitman. This work was commissioned by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., for her and Miller, and received its premiere in September 2013. The New York premiere of this work took place in October of 2013, in Hatch Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Expected release date of the recording, which also features works by Ned Rorem, John Duke, Amy Beach, Theodore Chanler and Richard Hundley, is spring 2016.
Julia’s early training included advanced piano and violin study. After completing a masters degree in voice performance, she spent twenty years as a performing artist in opera, oratorio and recital. Some favorite roles included Adele in Die Fledermaus, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mistress Alice Ford in Falstaff, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Musetta in La Bohème and Norina in Don Pasquale. 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, Fauré’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. During this period she established a successful career as an instructor of voice on the faculty of several liberal arts colleges and also in a private studio. She received her D.M.A from the University of Michigan School of Music and she is currently on the voice faculty of the University of Kansas School of Music, serving as the Director of the Division of Voice and Opera. In recent years, she has devoted herself to teaching. Noted for her understanding of vocal technique and articulation of text, she is a sought after pedagogue. Her students have had success in regional opera, prominent young artist programs, the Broadway stage and national touring companies as well as in the field of arts administration.