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Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for the saxophone and has commissioned works by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman, Neal Currie, Keith Hamel, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Alan Matheson, Alain Mayrand, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Fred Stride.
In 1991, the CBC commissioned Fred Stride to write a concerto for Julia Nolan, which was recorded in the CBC studio for a national broadcast premiere. In 2005, Julia Nolan premiered a second CBC commissioned Concerto, this one by Canadian Ian McDougall with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by Alain Trudel. The McDougall Concerto was programmed in 2006 with the Kamloops Symphony and is being considered for performances with other orchestras.
Julia Nolan has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Association, and the Vancouver New Music Society and has given recitals in Canada, Europe, and the US. In 2006, she premiered two commissioned works by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman and Robert Pritchard at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In 2003, she was a featured soloist with orchestra at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, MN. Julia Nolan is a member of Alan Matheson’s many jazz groups and is featured on his recently released CD Intrada and has performed with the Festival Vancouver Jazz Orchestra backing up Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Campbell Ryga, and Clark Terry. Julia Nolan premiered Concertino (written for her) by Charles Stolte in February 2009 and performed Fred Stride’s wind ensemble version of his concerto in January (UBC) and in February (UVIC) 2009.
Julia Nolan is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy through the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her thesis Artistry through Pedagogy: Conversations with artist-teachers Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and Donald Sinta is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).