Music educator, composer and pianist, Julia Muench, is on the faculty of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, New Jersey. Julia works with students of all ages and levels towards the learning of music, composition and the piano, and to achieve their musicianship goals. She gives regular music workshops and solo concerts, with an emphasis on original compositions, world music influences, dance and musical physics phenomena.
Julia is a composer member of ASCAP where she was been presented with a writer’s award in the Ascaplus classical division for three years in a row, and is a member of the New York Women Composers, where she recently received a grant for a women composers project. Muench's "Nautilus Dances" was premiered March 15th, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida as part of an international competition of the SubTropics Music Festival. The piece won first place audience award as a result of the audience ballot vote, and is arranged for clarinet, piano, viola and cello .
Many of Julia's compositions can be found and sampled on the website: http://www.newyorkwomencomposers.org/profiles.php4?zdm_id=MUE01
Julia's music can also be seen and heard on youtube.com under her name.
Julia is also a classically trained pianist and holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Miami, where she studied piano with Robert Floyd and the late Teresa Escandon, a longtime pupil of Isabelle Vengerova. She studied composition with John Vanderslice and Dennis Kam at U. of M. Julia has organized several concert events in the NYC area, including an all women composer’s concert in 2011, sponsored by NYWC which included new music by eight living American composers including her piece own “Flight of the Dragonfly” for flute and piano was premiered in Middletown, New Jersey.
Julia performed at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2007, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month which included her piece "Seven Pieces for the Children of Guatemala" for special a slide film production for Safe Passage Organization.
Some of her more recent compositions include: Spiralesque, Nautilus Dances, Dawn Seascape and The Wild Horse. Others include: Prismatika (2006) was specially choreographed for a live concert, Seven Pieces for Piano (2007) : Takes Two and Syzygisms with Tango which premiered at the Monmouth Conservatory in her Faculty recital, “Explorations” in 2008, which consisted entirely of her own compositions and arrangements. © 2008. Julia’s original compositions can be heard on NYWC Web Radio and viewed at http://www.classicpro.com Her live performances can be viewed on youtube.com. Her latest piano recording "Pearls" is now available at http://www. CDBaby.com
pianist and educator, Julia Muench is a member on the faculty of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, New Jersey where she regularly gives concerts and workshops. Julia is also a member of the New York Women Composers, the American Music Center, and ASCAP where she was recently awarded a writer’s award in the Ascaplus classical division. Julia is a classically trained pianist and holds her Bachelor of Music and Master’s Degree in Music and Applied Piano from the University of Miami, where she studied under Robert Floyd and the late Teresa Escandon, a longtime pupil of Isabelle Vengerova. As an educator, Julia studied under Maxwell Lepper and has had training in the Dalcroze music education method from Juilliard which incorporates music and movement. As a composer, she encompasses a range of styles in her compositional work and draws inspiration from the classical repertoire, world music, and life in general. Some of her original compositions for piano include: Prismatika (2006) which was specially choreographed for a live concert, Folia Variations, Seven Pieces for Piano (2007) : Nautilus, Hanley’s Theme, 6/8 Waltz, Blue Bell Sway, Phasing and Mirrors, 3 Guatemalan Folktunes arranged for Trumpet in Bb, and is currently publishing her book of 32 Obscure & Exotic Scales and Chords for the Composer, as well as A Beginning Handbook of Obscure Scales from Around the World. Her more recent compositions include: Takes Two and Syzygisms with Tango which premiered at the Monmouth Conservatory in her Faculty recital, “Explorations” in 2008, which consisted entirely of her own compositions and arrangements. Other recent works include: Spiralesque, Modality, and Untitled Light and Sound, © 2008. Her Vistas I © 2007 piano book for students is the result of over many years experience in teaching music. Julia has also been influenced by her studies of Spanish music and dance as seen in some recent concerts, “Music for the Dance” which included piano music by various Spanish composers as well as some of her own compositions. In the recent past, she organized and performed music for Hispanic Heritage Month at Eastern Connecticut State University ( April 2008) where she taught a world music class and gave a music program which included her own compositions. Her original piano suite, Seven Pieces for Piano for the Children of Guatemala was performed there live as the soundtrack to a special Guatemalan children’s photo essay. the program. Some of Julia’s compositions can be viewed at http://www.amc.net/JuliaMuench or www.classicpro.com.
denotes live performances*
2007: Nautilus for piano, 2009: Nautilus for chamber orchestra, Prismatika for piano and choreography * Set of Piano Pieces, for the Children of Guatemala including Nautilus * 2008: 4 Mystical Impressions for Piano *, 2008: Syzygisms with Tango for piano* 2009: Syzygisms with Tango for full orchestra Spiralesque * Modality * Echoes of Arcturus * Transforming Terpsichore for piano * Transforming Terpsichore for Strings and Piano, Symmetry * Folia * selections from Vistas Collection *. Programs and full list available upon request.
Recordings and Publications
A Beginning Handbook of Obscure Scales
Vistas, Scenes From Nature, 16 pieces for Piano
Moondance a short film
Growing Up With the Classics,
a collection of 32 piano pieces and poetry by the Master’s
Around the World in Song
Four Green Fields
~Original compositions, programs, and recordings are available upon request.
Julia M. Muench
110 Burlington Ave. ♦ Leonardo, NJ 07737
732-872-7035 (home) 732-977-4072 (cell)
25 years extensive experience working professionally in the field of music. Classically trained with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music, experienced in composition, performance and teaching in music education, theory and composition, arrangement, chamber music, choral direction and accompaniment, concert performance and music production.
20+ years experience working with adults and children in a vast array of music education areas, specifically piano, voice, musical composition, chamber music, dance, choreography, and film.
Experienced and adept in organizing, directing, producing and performing in a variety of music concert events for different venues.
Accomplished in original composition, arranging, and production of recorded works of music, music education workbooks, and original piano pieces to excel student learning. Regular user of several advanced musical software programs: Finale, Sibelius etc.
5 years intensive research into ethnomusicology subjects: European Spanish music and dance, Caribbean music and dance, American Jazz roots and incorporating all of these into live performances, composition and workshops.
Flexible in collaborating with artists in other areas such as dance and film, chamber music and adept at recording and sequencing music for special projects.
Composer Related Experience:
ASCAP 2009-2010 received a writer’s award from ASCAP ‘s Classical division.
Monmouth Conservatory of Music, Red Bank, New Jersey
Faculty Composer Concert, solo performance, January 2008
“Explorations” A Musical Journey: faculty solo concert performance of new original piano compositions by Julia Muench funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Included 2 composition premieres. Some selections can be viewed on YouTube.
Middletown Public Library Concert “Music for the Dance” A concert performance including original piano compositions by Julia Muench, and other classical and world dances on piano funded by the Monmouth Conservatory and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Included 4 premieres. October 2008
Eastern Connecticut State University April 2008
Invited by the University to give three programs involving Latin American music for Hispanic Heritage Month: I. University Hour: “One Woman’s Quest” program of Julia’s original piano compositions performed live for students and faculty by Julia including a special photo presentation of the children living in and around Guatemala City. II: World Music Class performance/workshop : “Deciphering Rhythms in Afro Caribbean Music and it’s Connection to American Jazz”. III. Evening concert performing some of Julia’s original piano compositions and Spanish dances on piano: bolero, habanera, tango and gypsy dances by Joaquin Turina.
Rumson, New Jersey “One Woman’s Quest”
benefit concert May 2007
Julia Muench’s “Seven Pieces for the Children of Guatemala” was premiered at this Organized benefit concert to highlight the work of Hanley Denning and Safe Passage Organization. Rumson, NJ including various artists. January 2007
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Inited by the MTNA of New Jersey to give a presentation and performance of Julia’s original piano pieces at the New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association.
“ Original Contemporary Music for Piano”
Original Compositions * denotes live performances
Nautilus for piano and strings *Prismatika for piano and choreography, *Set of Piano Pieces, including Nautilus, *4 Mystical Impressions for Piano, Syzygisms and Tango* *Spiralesque * Modality * Echoes of Arcturus *Transforming Terpsichore for piano, Transforming Terpsichore for Strings and Piano, *Symmetry, *Folia, * selections from Vistas Collection. Programs and full list available upon request.
Professional Experience & Performances
Monmouth Conservatory of Music: Guest Artist and Faculty Recital, violin and piano ensemble works by Poulenc, Brahms and Mozart (can be viewed on YouTube) October 2009
Monmouth Conservatory of Music
Red Bank, New Jersey
Piano Faculty Member
Instruction of beginning to advanced students in all levels of piano, theory and composition. Activities include regular faculty recital programs, preparing student recital programs, workshops and composing original piano pieces for students, including published “Vistas” piano collection, some of which can be viewed on Sibelius Music. Class of over 25 individual students.
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society: Strauss Mansion
Concert of Early Music Concert on Harpsichord , violin and recorders
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