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Julie Assaf, Piano • Singing

Ben Graves

For 20 years Julie Assaf has been active in the field of music; from performing, to composing, and serving as a middle-school through college guest lecturer and tutor. She started at the age of 5 with piano lessons, and at the age of 15 entered her first Nation-wide composition contest and won California State Finalist. In 2011, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts, the college widely recognized as the #1 school for art and music in America. She studied with prominent pianists, vocalists, composers, and all-around excellent musicians at Cal Arts such as Vicki Ray, Robert Wannamaker, Michael Fink, Barry Schrader, Alfred Ladzekpo, Pak Djoko, and Ustad Aashish Khan. Each musician she studied with had a particular area of expertise which Julie was able to draw from and incorporate into her musical body of knowledge. In 2009, Julie went overseas to study at the National University of Galway in Ireland. She had the wonderful opportunity to sing and learn traditional Gaelic songs (both spoken song and Sean Nós), learn reels and jigs on a tin whistle (and a few Irish step-dance moves), and had the privilege to perform solo piano at the Galway City Museum during the Annual July Galway Arts Festival.

To this day, Julie continues to expand her skills in music by continuously performing on her main instruments, (piano and vocals), taking masterclasses, going to and performing in ethnically diverse music camps with a variety of instruments. She has performed in great venues such as the Roy O. Disney Music Hall, Robert B. Moore Theater, The Wild Beast Concert Hall, Galway City Museum, The Redlands Bowl, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the beautiful Carnegie Hall in New York. She is currently studying Music Therapy at Marylhurst University, and is currently active with Marylhurst University's Chamber singers group and volunteers to play piano in Wiegand Chapel for church services.

Julie’s teaching experience spans back to her teenage years, where she served as a piano, music theory, and Spanish tutor to her fellow classmates at Redlands East Valley High school. Her approach to teaching is with great energy, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement. She pays close attention to each individual’s capabilities and builds her lesson plans in accordance to their unique skill-set. She has a rich and diverse background with many, many different styles of music including classical, ragtime, pop, Disney, hymnals, folk, ethnic folk, Indian, Javanese, Irish…and so much more! Fun to work with and wields enormous amounts of music material.