One Starry Night
'I am definitely a romantic, and I have always loved the stars as well as music. So, it was inevitable that they came together one starry summer night... Jupiter was in Sagittarius. Cygnus, the Swan, was making his never-ending journey down the Milky Way, and the Summer Triangle sparkled overhead.The crystal-clear skies of that rare summer held black velvet nights of diamond-studded splendor that slowly turned towards autumn. And song by song the music came...' Radio Kansas recently selected One Starry Night and it's sequel, The Kiss of the Sun, for continuous rotation on their popular new age, Hearts of Space-type program, Night crossings, and recently, two of Julie's albums were listed simultaneously on the Hastings Books Music and Video 'Top Ten.' In St. Petersburg, FL, Julie won first place in the nation in the National League of American Pen Women composition contest with music from One Starry Night. She was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with one of four state Fellowship Awards for composition and has received special awards from ASCAP 1998-2010. She is called a 'treasured Kansas artist' by Linda Graves, First Lady of Kansas. Classically trained, she has performed with the Saint Louis and Dallas Symphonies, among others, in addition to many pops, casual and intimate venues. The daughter of a Swedish immigrant, she began playing the piano at age two. At the University of North Texas, where she graduated with high honors, she won all awards offered to pianists by the School of Music. She was Top Coed on Campus and is included in the 1998/1999 edition of Who's Who in Entertainment. Julie plays solo piano concerts, performs with her trio, The Starry Night Trio, appears as soloist with symphony orchestras. She has two sons and lives in Topeka, Kansas, where she composes, performs, records and teaches.