Winner of 2018 Call for Scores with “Constant”
Born in 1990, Julia Seeholzer’s music has been described as “ingenious”, “lyrical”, and “gently offbeat.” She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the American Prize for Composition (student choral composition, 3rd place, 2015) and the Laurie Anderson Women in Technology award. Julia’s pieces have been played by many established groups, including the Esterhazy String Quartet, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, Trio D’esprit, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2011, she attended Yale University’s New Music Workshop as a composition fellow to study with Martin Bresnick. Julia’s work has been commissioned by the University of Chicago’s Camerata, the Tenuto Chamber Singers, WomenSing, and others.
Julia recently completed her Master’s degree in composition at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Joel Hoffman. She takes much of her compositional influence from color – intervalic relationships conjure specific hues, which in turn dictate a piece’s direction. When composing for voice, text further impacts each piece’s color spectrum. Julia received her B.M. in composition from the Berklee College of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude; her principal teacher at Berklee was Marti Epstein.
Julia currently studies advanced choral writing with Paweł Łukaszewski in Warsaw, Poland, under a Fulbright research grant. Her project involves writing pieces for performance by Dr. Łukaszewski’s choir, Musica Sacra.
Outside of composition, Julia is heavily involved in the world of video game music. In 2009, she founded the Video Game Music Choir (now PXL8) – an internationally recognized chamber choir that performs video game scores arranged exclusively by and for the group; she directed the group until 2012. Julia is constantly working on arrangements and collaborations, and has worked with the Videri String Quartet, as well as contributed to both the Harmony of Heroes and Spectrum of Mana projects.