Past projects

Music is an original technology, activating mind, body and spirit. The privilege of learning from master musicians of diverse cultures has enhanced my life-long music practice. Whether performing live, composing, teaching or designing music therapy programs, I strive to shine the joy of music in sound.

WILD Wisdom:  Song Cycle Based on the poetry of Gigi Alvaré

An ongoing project honoring the wisdom of wild animals.

Odyssey: An Exploration of Afro-Celtic-Harp-Fusion

This recording can be purchased at Bandcamp.


Singing Circles

Weekly Singing Circles: Raise your Voices, Lift your Spirit

Singing is an original human technology that has carried us through the joys and sorrows of life. I offer Singing Circles to make this available to anyone with acceptance for all,  coordinating and leading with a wide range of repertoire, piano accompaniment and an open heart. Since 2015 I ran Singing Circles at the Olive Free Library until the Pandemic called for a pause. From 2011-2014, while living in Philadelphia, I offered Singing Circles in conjunction with a cancer support community.

Singing circle was always one of the highlights of my week. Julia is a gifted  musician who has a truly astonishing repertoire of songs. Her playing helped us stay on tune as we gained more confidence in our voices and musicality. Even more inspiring was the way she shared her joy in music and her conviction that everyone deserved that joy regardless of their talent. Over years with our shifting group of singers, our voices strengthened, our confidence grew and we ventured into harmonies and developed a group sound. Don’t miss a chance to sing with Julia. —Kathleen O.

Music Meditations for Peace and Healing

Weekly Meditations for Peace and Healing, held at Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2005, offered an environment for quiet reflection post 9/11 and during the war.  The music was offered in a spirit of welcoming the listener into the present, connecting within, releasing emotions, and resting in a sound experience so the individual could silently reflect on peace.  All music was improvised on harp. Free will donations were donated to peace and justice organizations. 

Earthworks: Voices of Young People, Voices of the Elders

Earthworks is a song cycle exploring sounds, songs, commentary and concern about contemporary environmental consciousness. It was commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO in 1990. A multi-layered fabric of sound, Earthworks includes interviews with activist Maggie Kuhn, artist Mildred Greenberg, composer Pauline Oliveros, farmer Myra Perkins, members of the Cheltenham Students for Environmental Action, and a variety of young people, who came together at the Philadelphia Earth Fest, 22 April 1990. Part 1: Voices of Young People is filled with the vitality of children and young adults enthusiastic in their knowledge and urgent in their search for solutions. Part 2: The careful reflection of the Voices of the Elders serves as a reminder of our interdependency.