Julia Bullard, viola
Julia Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and string methods and techniques at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Bullard is also the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of music. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances in Russia, Central and South America, France, New York and Iowa. She has also presented master classes at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá; Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil; University of Illinois; Drake University; Herzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; the University of Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica; Facultad de Musica, Universidad Juan N. Corpas in Bogota, Colombia; and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Dr. Bullard has served on the board of the Iowa Viola Society and as President of the Iowa String Teachers’ Association. In 2011, she was named the Iowa String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Bullard received the D.M.A. degree in Viola Performance from the University of Georgia, where she was the Director of the Pre-College String Program. She received her M.M. (string pedagogy and music history) and B.M. (performance) degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her principal teachers have included Sidney Curtiss, Emanuel Vardi, Joseph dePasquale, Mark Cedel, and Levon Ambartsumian. She has also coached with Robert Mann (formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet), Jeffrey Solow (Amadeus Trio), Roger Chase (Nash Ensemble), and Evelina Chao (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra).
Dr. Bullard is a dedicated teacher, and in addition to her graduate degree in string pedagogy, she has extensive training in the Alexander Technique and in the Suzuki method. From 2003-2010, in addition to her studio teaching, Dr. Bullard served as Director of the UNI Suzuki School. She has taught at the Atlanta Suzuki Institute, and has presented a number of workshops on string pedagogy for various organizations, including the Iowa String Teachers Association, the Northeast Iowa String Teachers Association, and others. In addition to her collegiate studio, Dr. Bullard maintains a private studio of pre-college students through the UNI Suzuki School. Her high school students consistently win top honors at All State and other competitions. Her former students have successful careers performing, teaching in public schools, working in arts administration, and teaching in private studios across the country; others have been accepted to prestigious summer programs including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Credo, Marrowstone, and more, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs at schools such as Roosevelt University, DePaul University, Peabody Conservatory, Ball State University, Texas Tech University, and many more.
Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Julia Bullard taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program; Toccoa Falls College (GA); Clarke Middle School (GA); Settlement Music School (Philadelphia); Temple University's Music Preparatory Division; and the Brenau (GA) Suzuki School. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Greenville (SC), Trenton (NJ), South Jersey, Macon (GA), Schenectady (NY), and Utica (NY) symphonies, as well as at several summer festivals including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Luzerne Music Center, Camp Encore-Coda, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.