Julie Brandenburg has been teaching, composing, recording, and performing music in the Midwest for a number of years. She earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she focused on music education and vocal studies. She earned her M.A. from UWM in Music Theory and Composition with an emphasis on electronic composition and sound design. Her graduate thesis incorporated the procedure of turning data graphs into audio events which were then sculpted into music. She operates a small Pro Tools recording/electronic studio where she creates compositions as well as recordings of her music.
As a performer of many genres from soft adult contemporary solo work to progressive rock, Ms. Brandenburg has opened for such acts as Lowen and Navarro, Green Day, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Her music has been favorably reviewed in major industry magazines such as Billboard and The College Music Journal. As a composer, many of her pieces have been performed throughout the Midwest and her music has served as scores for several films and a play. A feature-length film she scored, “The Monkey”, was shown at an independent film festival in New York in 1993. Among her awards for composition are: Alpha Sigma Iota Composer’s Competition Winner, Madison, First Place MacDowell Club composition contest winner, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board.
Ms. Brandenburg’s experience as an educator is extensive. She has been an instructor at MATC since 2003. She has given private piano, voice and composition lessons in her studio and taught group lessons in the Milwaukee Public Schools. With Present Music, Milwaukee’s premier new music performance group, she served as supervising composer in the Creation Project for young artists. She published an article about this program in the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Journal in 2000. Besides music she loves painting, knitting, crocheting, mountain biking, and camping.