Professional Bio

Percussionist
  • D.A., University of Northern Colorado
  • MM, Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, MUnchen
  • BM, Manhattan School of Music

Percussionist Dr. Julie Strom is a two-time-recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and has performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Julie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying under New York Philharmonic principal percussionist, Christopher Lamb, and her Master of Music degree from the Hochschule fur Musik (Munich, Germany), studying under Peter Sadlo. Her Doctor of Arts degree is from the University of Northern Colorado. 

With a fascination for experimental music and theater collaborations, Julie originated the role of the ìPercushroomistî in the show, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy in 2008 on Broadway in New York City. She has also written, produced and performed a one-woman theatrical percussion show entitled "Alice On Time". Julie teamed up with award-winning composer and drummer Allison Miller to form ìjunKtionî, a drum and percussion duo that combines all original music with an experimental flair. They tour internationally to perform and lecture at universities, schools and festivals.

As an orchestral and chamber musician, Julie has toured and played with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, as well as Ontario orchestras including the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies. In May of 2015, Strom premiered a percussion concerto by German composer Marco Hertenstein in Ontario, Canada.  

Other highlights include performing Bartokís Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with pianists Martha Argerich and Nelson Goener (L¸beck, Germany), Darius Milhaud's Concerto pour Percussion et Petit Orchestre with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Julie has also performed under noted conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, among others.  

Julieís doctoral dissertation entitled Theater Percussion: Developing a Twenty-First-Century Genre Through the Combination of Visual, Dramatic, and Percussive Arts is published and can be found on Amazon.com. Based in Denver, Julie plays regularly and is a lead Teaching Artist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is the Orchestra Manager for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

More information can be found at www.juliestrompercussion.com and junktionpercussion.com

Creative & Professional Work

Summary of Creative and Professional Work
2015 Orchestra Manager for Denver Young Artists Orchestra

2014 Lead Teaching Artist with the Colorado Symphony; regular substitute with Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, percussion; principal percussion Guelph Symphony Orchestra (Ontario); Guest lecturer with drum/percussion duo, junKtion, at Denver School of the Arts; Denver Eclectic ensemble ñ percussion quartet performance

2013 junKtion drum and percussion duo with award-winning jazz drummer/composer, Allison Miller; Westben Summer Music Festival (Ontario, Canada), Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Percussion and Timpani (Ontario); Music faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario) directing percussion ensemble and teaching (sub) applied lessons

2012 Toronto band ìKenvyn and the Craftî ñ drummer ; ìOff the Hookî contemporary festival (Ft Collins, CO); Sinfonia Toronto; Menopositive, The Musical! (Ontario); Percussion, Guelph Symphony Orchestra (Ontario)

2011 Percussion Symphony with Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Charles Wuorinen Toronto, Ontario); Toronto Concert Orchestra (Toronto)
Toronto Concert Orchestra (Toronto, Ontario); World premiere of ìWhirling Dervishî by Brian Current with Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony (Ontario, Canada)

2007-2010 ìIMPACTî, Assistant writer, percussion performer (Hershey, PA)ìAlice on Time, Part IIî, Writer, Director, Performer of one-woman theatrical percussion show (Colorado); ìPercushroomistî in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, The Broadway Theater, multi-percussion stage performer (New York City); Teaching Assistant at UNCO; Doctor of Arts student at the University of Northern Colorado; Director of Percussion Ensembles

Research & Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Theater Percussion: Developing a Twenty-first-century Genre Through the Connection of Visual, Dramatic, and Percussive Arts

Community Service & Involvement

  • Fulbright Association Annual Global Conferences, Ethno-Jazz percussion/saxophone duo (Berlin, Germany)
  • Outreach and educational performances in New York City
  • Performances and lectures with duo junKtion
  • Denver Young Artists Orchestra (Orchestra Manager)