A native of Calgary, Julia gained her first professional experience at age sixteen, playing as an extra musician in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in bassoon and a Diploma in harpsichord. Her Master of Music was completed through studies at Yale and UBC. Her teachers have included bassoonists Bernard Garfield, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Michael Hope, Frank Morelli, and Jesse Read.
As a teacher, Julia has served on faculty at UBC and has given guest master classes at several other Canadian universities. She has also been a guest artist at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, on the Sunshine Coast. She is particularly dedicated to helping students of any instrument overcome performance anxiety, giving classes on this at the VSO Institute, University of Toronto, and the VSO School.
Julia has played chamber concerts throughout the Vancouver area and the BC Interior. She has created and performed arrangements for solo bassoon with piano, with classical guitar, and for bassoon quartet. In her spare time, Julia enjoys gardening and creating mosaic art.