Born into a musical family (both parents are former members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) Julie began harp lessons with her mother, the renowned Judy Loman at the age of 8. Julie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for 4 years and was given a scholarship by that organization to study with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp School in Maine. At the age of 19 she was accepted on a full scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Marilyn Costello(former principal harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra).
At the age of 16 Julie was chosen by the TSO to be a soloist in one of their youth concerts. Other solo engagements have included performances with the Orford Quartet, Peterborough Symphony, Les Amis Ensemble, Exulte Chamber Singers, and the Cellar Singers. As an orchestral harpist Julie has performed with several major orchestras across Canada including the Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra London and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. As well, Julie performs with various stage productions and smaller ensembles in Toronto.
In addition to her concert performances, Julie enjoys providing music for a wide range of special events including weddings, funerals and corporate functions in Toronto and the surrounding area. Julie performs solo and with other musicians (eg. flute, violin or cello).
Julie has been teaching for over 30 years and teaches harp and piano to students of all ages and levels. A keen interest in musical and cognitive development led her to complete a degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education from Ryerson and the Royal Conservatory of Music. An RCM Certified Teacher, Advanced Specialist – Harp, she teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music and in her home studio in the St. Clair West area of Toronto.
Julie tailors her teaching to her students’ goals and needs, whether that be preparing for recitals, examinations or competitions or simply developing musical and performance skills. Encouraged to work toward a high standard, many of her students have successfully completed RCM examinations with High Class honors and some of them have received the Gold medal for their level.
Julie has also taught group music classes at several schools in the Toronto area including the Royal Conservatory of Music, Montessori Jewish Day School, Pinelake Montessori School, Rawlinson Community School, McMurrich Public School and Cosmo School of Music. She incorporates the pedagogies of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze in all of her group and private lessons.
Julie has adjudicated at harp competitions and events including the Kiwanis Music Festival‚ the Ontario Music Festival‚ the Scholarship Adjudication of the Toronto Harp Society (currently known as the Ontario Harp Society) , and the Orchestral Harp Class at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Julie is currently the Vice President of the Ontario Harp Society where she enjoys contributing to and supporting the harp community all across Ontario.