Julia Morris is a conductor and vocalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. She began her musical journey with the flute at age 7 and has since found her niche in song and the choral ensemble. Julia recently completed her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan (2023), where she studied under Dr. Eugene Rogers. While at Michigan, Julia served as conductor of Orpheus Singers and as Assistant Conductor for the Women’s Glee Club and Michigan Youth Chamber Singers.
Prior to her graduate studies, Julia served as Assistant Conductor for Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra for three years, where she conducted masterworks including Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and a segment of Dvorak’s Spectre’s Bride. Working as an educator, she was an inaugural member of the conducting staff for National Children’s Chorus’ San Francisco chapter from 2018-2021, where she conducted the Senior Division’s Debut Ensemble. As an Artist-in-Residence in the vocal department of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Julia enjoyed directing the treble ensemble Anacrusis, coaching vocal performance students, and mentoring student conductors. She is ever grateful to composer/conductor Eric Choate and the community at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco who offered Julia her first opportunity to study choral conducting as their Conducting Scholar.
Seeking additional growth as a conductor and leader, Julia participated in Chorus America’s 2023 Choral-Orchestral Conducting Academy as a Scholar; and she has participated in two summer Choral Artistry Institutes at Eastman School of Music. She is delighted to have sung with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus from 2018-2021 where she continued to nurture her love of singing.
Julia graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in Ohio where she received a B.A. with a double major in music (departmental distinction) and psychology. Among her mentors and teachers are Dr. Eugene Rogers, Daniel Washington, Ming Luke, Eric Choate, and Dr. Benjamin Locke.