About Julie: Because Enquiring Minds Want To Know

The Obligatory Professional Bio

Des Moines native Julie (Perry) Stroud began violin study in 1975 in the Des Moines Public Schools. She was invited to join the Greater Des Moines Youth Symphony in early 1977, and was a four-year member of the Iowa All-State Orchestra (from WDM Valley). Julie completed her formal music education as a non-traditional adult student. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Julie's principal violin teachers were James Brauninger, Cheryl Kutscher, Donald Zimmer and Frederick Halgedahl. Over the years, Julie has performed in masterclasses for the late John Kendall, Bill and Doris Preucil, Bill Starr, Daniel Heifetz (Heifetz Institute), Peter McGuire (Minnesota Orchestra), and Ray Shows (Artaria Quartet). She also completed a year of post-graduate study in musicology at the University of Iowa, where she was a teaching assistant to Elizabeth Aubrey.

Julie began teaching violin in 1993. She joined the Suzuki Association of the Americas the same year and has completed several units of SAA training in Suzuki philosophy, repertoire and pedagogy. Because of her successful use of webcam technology, Julie has had the opportunity since 2006 to work with students all over the United States and Canada. She has also taught violin and viola for Cadek Conservatory, Central School of the Arts, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School, as well as her own home studios in Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas and Iowa.

Julie is currently a violist with the Central Iowa Symphony and Des Moines Community Orchestra, and a regular violin-viola sub for the Fort Dodge and Ottumwa symphonies. Julie has also been a member of the Chattanooga, Topeka and Paducah Symphonies, and has been a sub/extra for the Wartburg and Lexington Community Orchestras and Dubuque and Rome (GA) Symphonies. During her tenure in Topeka, Julie was a member of the TSO backup orchestra for the seminal 1970s rock band KANSAS.

Julie believes that community orchestras are vital to the social and intellectual life of the communities they serve. Community orchestras require a level of involvement from musicians beyond simply occupying a seat and practicing between rehearsals. Julie's non-musical roles include serving as DMCO's music librarian and grant writer, and coordinator of the annual CIS Young Artists Competition. Julie is also a member of the Des Moines alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Womens' Music Fraternity, where she a member of the SAI Philanthropies National String Grant committee.

In October 2012, Julie will be making her hometown debut as a viola soloist. She will perform Rebecca Clarke's Passacaglia at West Des Moines United Methodist Church on October 21. The following Sunday, October 28, Julie and violinist Kris Shay will present the Allegro maestoso from Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 with the Des Moines Community Orchestra. It will be an exciting and busy fall and Julie would love to see you at both performances!

Things That Do Not Belong In A Professional Bio, or Why Am I Still Doing This?

Julie still thinks playing is fun after 37 years, but is often mystified by people who play but do not think playing is fun, or who have no interest in learning more about the music they're playing. Julie is a Briggs-Meyers INTJ, which means that while she's not terribly good at networking because she much prefers to observe and listen, she has the quirky ability to see the forest and the trees at the same time. She hopes that someday, someone will pay her for this ability. Still, music is less expensive than therapy. Julie's non-musical life includes trying to figure out how to shorten her to-do list, looking for a "real" job, playing with food, dirt, and power tools, and laughing at the antics of husband/computer wizard dude Pat, seven-year-old son Eric, and Purrcy the Cat.