About Julie Davison Larson
Julie is a composer and orchestrator. She studied piano at the University of Texas at Austin and received her degree in composition from The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Julie studied with Robert Moore, Robert Linn and James Hopkins.
Perhaps there are few female orchestral composers, but if there is a barrier, Julie has broken through. She was Composer-in-Residence for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and has received grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Composers Forum, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
She debuted for George H. W. Bush her score for an exhibit at the opening of his presidential library. She has written three symphonies and pieces for many chamber ensembles. She has produced, directed and scored award-winning videos, including a winner at the New York Film Festival. She is currently writing the spiritually-uplifting "movie music" you hear on her CDs. Her current CD project is Augustine, a symphonic work inspired by the writings of St. Augustine of Hippo.
Selected Choral, Orchestral, and Chamber Works
Suite in Three Movements for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, and cello was completed in 1981. In its premier performance, it served as the theme for an exhibition of modern art at the Fisher Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 1982, Ms. Larson completed Mass, a 35-minute work in five movements for two pianos and men's and women's chorus. Mass was premiered in that year by the USC Trojan Chorale. In 1983, Ms. Larson rescored Mass for full orchestra and mixed chorus. It was selected for performance in a presentation to the Los Angeles art community and public made by the USC School of Music.
Anthem to a Prairie is an orchestral work in a popular style which was commissioned by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for its celebration of the Texas Sesquicentennial. It was premiered in May of 1986 and later served as the orchestral counterpoint to a fireworks display on July 4th of that year.
Fanfare for Evensong was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, Brazos Valley Chapter, and was scored for two trumpets, tuba, horn and trombone. Fanfare for Evensong was performed in October of 1986 for the ceremony in which the local chapter of the Organ Guild was formally affiliated with the National Guild of Organists.
In the summer of 1987, Ms. Larson completed Dōsha, a children's orchestral work which was funded and commissioned by the Texas Composer's Forum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley. Dōsha is accompanied by a short story by F. A. H. Larson; choreography will be added to comprise a music, literature and dance multimedia event for use in grade school and high school curricula.
In the Spring of 1988, Ms. Larson's Poems for Orchestra was premiered at Texas A&M University. Poems is a twelvetone symphonic work with text for narrator. It sets and interprets works of Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas and Margaret Atwood. Poems is a "modern" work, yet received rave reviews both from critics and from those unfamiliar with new musical forms.
In the Fall of 1989, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra premiered The Blue Guitar, a symphonic work for chorus in three movements. The Blue guitar interweaves musical styles from jazz to childrens tunes to five voice counterpoint.
Selected Audio and Video Awards
Inspiration to Greatness a video wall production for the Texas A&M University Visitor's Center. Ms. Larson composed and performed the musical score. Inspiration to Greatness received first place at the IABC awards in 1992.
Windows to the Past a 14-minute videotape for the NSF funded Ocean Drilling Program. Ms. Larson was creative director and composed and performed the musical score. Windows to the Past was a finalist at the New York Film Festival in 1993. It also won the Silver quill in 1993.
Texas A&M University MBA Recruitment Video a 12-minute video for recruiting potential students to the MBA program at Texas A&M.
One World a 5-minute audio presentation highlighting memorable moments of the Bush administration, was created as part of the opening ceremonies for the George Bush Presidential Library. Ms. Larson produced, directed, and composed the music on this project. One World won the Silver Quill in 1998.
Point of Departure a 14-minute video for recruiting potential graduate students to Texas A&M University. Ms. Larson produced, directed, edited, and composed the music for this production. Point of Departure won first place at the IABC Awards in 1998. It also won the Silver award at the National Admissions Awards in 1998.
In Service to Life an 8-minute video created for development purposes for the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Ms. Larson produced, directed, and composed the music for this project. In Service to Life won an award of achievment at the IABC Awards in 1998.
Partners in the Community a 3-minute video production created to increase community awareness of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Ms. Larson produced, directed, and composed the music for this production. Partners in the Community won an award of achievement at the IABC Awards in 1998.
It Begins Now an 8-minute recruitment video for the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University. Ms. Larson produced, directed, and composed the music for this production. It Begins Now won the Award of Excellence at the IABC Awards in 1999.
A Star for Texas a 3-minute video was created for development purposes for the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Ms. Larson produced, directed, and composed the music for this project. A Star for Texas won the Award of Excellence at the IABC Awards in 1999.
1986-1992 Composer in Residence, Brazos Valley Symphony orchestra