Dr. Julie Strom enjoys a musical life as an orchestral and chamber percussionist, soloist, teacher, researcher, composer, and music administrator. As a two-time award recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (2004, 2005), she has studied, taught, performed and recorded in various places in North America, Asia and all over Western and Eastern Europe.
Julie began her percussion studies at the age of six, and eventually completed her Bachelor’s of Music on scholarship to Manhattan School of Music where she studied under New York Philharmonic principal percussionist, Christopher Lamb, and the Metropolitan Opera timpanist, Duncan Patton. While at MSM, Julie also worked privately with frame drummer and four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez.
Following her studies in New York, Julie expanded her solo performing under the tutelage of Peter Sadlo at the Hochschule für Musik (Munich, Germany) where she completed her Master’s degree and was one of the most sought after freelancers in Munich. Julie completed her Doctor of Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of Northern Colorado.
As an orchestral and chamber musician, Julie has toured internationally and performed with the Munich Symphonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and plays regularly with the Colorado Symphony, among others. Past performance highlights include performing Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with pianists Martha Argerich and Nelson Goener (Lübeck, Germany), performing Darius Milhaud’s Concerto pour Percussion et Petit Orchestre with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and playing extensively with Peter Sadlo and ensemble.
Julie has also been honored to perform under conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Zubin Mehta, and Seiji Ozawa. In addition to private teaching, Julie has taught at the Munich International School (Germany), the Copenhagen Music School (Denmark), at the University of Northern Colorado, Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, and currently at Regis University in Denver. With a fervor and fascination for theater, she performed a role in the show Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy in 2008 at the Broadway Theater in NYC. Additionally, she has written, produced and performed her own theatrical percussion show entitled, Alice On Time. As an arts administrator, she is the Orchestra Manager for the prestigious Denver Young Artists Orchestra.