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Julie Giroux

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Julie Giroux

Biography

Julie Ann Giroux (pronounced Ji-ROO (as in "Google," not Ji-ROW, as in "row your boat") (b. 12 December 1961, in Fairhaven, Mass.) is an American composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and numerous concert band works.

She received her formal education at Louisiana State University and Boston University. She also studied composition with John Williams, Bill Conti, and Jerry Goldsmith.

Julie is an extremely well-rounded composer, writing works for symphony orchestra (including chorus), chamber ensembles, wind ensembles, soloists, brass and woodwind quintets and many other serious and commercial formats. Much of her early work was composing and orchestrating for film and television. Her writing credits include soundtrack score for White Men Can't Jump and the 1985 miniseries North and South. She has also arranged music for Reba McIntyre, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Ms. Giroux is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and in 1992 won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction.

Ms. Giroux has an extensive list of published works for concert band and wind ensemble. She began writing music for concert band in 1983, publishing her first band work Mystery on Mena Mountain with Southern Music Company. Giroux left Los Angeles in 1997 to compose for concert bands and orchestras full time, publishing exclusively with Musica Propria. In 2004 Gia Publications, Inc. published the book entitled Composers on Composing for Band, Volume Two which features a chapter written by Julie Giroux. Her insightful chapter gives a down-to-earth description which is often humorous of her personal methods and techniques for composing for bands. In 2009 Giroux, an accomplished pianist, performed her latest work, Cordoba for Solo Piano and Concert Band, in five U.S. cities and attended the premier of Arcus IX, a work for solo F tuba and concert band, at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.

Her 2009 film and documentary orchestrations and compositions include the ongoing project "Call for Green China" which, primarily funded by the World Bank, was recorded, performed and broadcast live in china in 2007. In 2009 the project was extended with new musical material, recorded and set to tour seven cities in China where the show was performed live.

Giroux is a member of American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP, and an honorary brother of the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at West Virginia University. She was initiated into the fraternity on April 2, 2005.


Works for Winds


References

  • Creasap, Susan. "Riften Wed." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 613-624. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Golemo, Michael. "One Life Beautiful." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 667-673. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Julie Giroux's Concert Band Music Site
  • Julie Giroux, Wikipedia
  • Lance, Elva Kaye. "Mambo Perro Loco." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 247-257. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 260.
  • White, Phillip Justin. "Carnaval!." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 715-720. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Williams, Nicholas Enrico. "Symphony No. 4: Bookmarks from Japan." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 818-825. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.