Julie Ann Link joined the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal bassoon and contrabassoon in January 2017.
Julie most recently lived in Texas working as the principal bassoon of the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, member of the West Texas Winds Quintet, and adjunct faculty with The University of Texas of the Permian Basin since August 2015.
Prior to her appointment with the MOSC, Julie lived in New Zealand from July 2013 and worked as a freelance bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, and the Opus Orchestra in Hamilton and held an acting contract with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Alongside Julie’s passion for music performance, she taught bassoon, chamber music, and Orff Schulwerk at the Christchurch School of Music and worked for the CSO as their Marketing and Communications Coordinator and the Artistic Planning Assistant.
Julie completed a second Master of Music at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste while working as a 2011-2013 Fulbright U.S. Program grant recipient in Switzerland studying the audition hiring systems of European orchestras. She was an Opernhaus Zürich voluntariat on bassoon and contrabassoon and freelanced with the Neues Symphonie Orchester Basel, Jungend Symphonie Orchester Zürich, and Ossiach Academy Orchestra in Austria. Julie completed her first Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio, USA from 2009-2011. During this time, she won positions with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Julie received her Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University in Tempe, USA from 2005-2009.
Julie was the grand prize and double reed winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, prize winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, grand prize winner of the ASU Concerto Competition, and participated with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra under James Frank. Julie received the ASU Special Talent Award, ASU Symphony Orchestra Miles Dresskell Memorial Award under maestro Timothy Russell, CIM George F. Goslee Bassoon Award for Musical Excellence, and an ESKAS Swiss Government Scholarship. She performed at the Castleton Music Festival with Lorin Maazel in 2011 and the Ameropa Solo and Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic in 2007.
Her former teachers are Matthias Rácz, Giorgio Mandolesi, Hans Agreda, Anne Gerstenberger, Barrick Stees, Albie Micklich, and Jeffrey Lyman. Julie also worked with John Clouser, Jonathan Sherwin, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Benjamin Kamins, Frank Morelli, Artan Hürsever, Peter Unterstein, and Ann Bilderback.
Originally from Plano, Texas, Julie is looking forward to making roots in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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