/ Warsaw, Poland
Member since May 2018
Julia Seeholzer is an American composer currently living in Warsaw, Poland. Her pieces have been performed by ensembles including Juventas New Music, Tenuto Chamber Singers, Trio D’esprit, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her work has been commissioned by University of Chicago’s Camerata, Anabel Taylor Chapel Choir, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and others.
She takes much of her compositional influence from color – intervallic relationships conjure specific hues, which in turn dictate a piece’s direction. When composing for voice, text further impacts each piece’s color spectrum.
Julia currently performs with and composes for Professor Paweł Łukaszewski’s choir, Musica Sacra.
Listen to works by Julia Seeholzer
3-minute, SSA setting of the "Pie Jesu" text for treble choir, composed for Musica Sacra in Warsaw, Poland. Great medium-difficulty, lyrical piece for a women's or advanced children's choir.
piano + 3 pitched instruments
Chamber work for piano and three players (open instrumentation). Piece can be performed with any pitched instruments + piano. Tranquil, meditative in nature. Premiered in 2011 in Boston, MA. Other performances include 2014 by CM New Music Ensemble.
I Take These Pills
fl, ob, cl, bsn, vln I, vln II, vla, vlc, cb
A piece commissioned and performed by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, directed by Tom Cunningham. Performed at Queens College, Feb. 23, 2016.
Program Note: "Whenever I get to a certain point in building a familiar to close relationship with someone, the topic inevitably surfaces. “Well, I have chronic anxiety and depression, so I take these pills to regulate my day-to-day existence in the world.” After Tom Cunningham, (UPCO director and the piece’s commissioner) told me that the commission theme centered around one’s personal take on the concept of “adequacy”, I immediately thought of my daily interaction with depression and anxiety, and by proxy, the medication that is supposed to help.
“I take these pills” is such a direct statement, and one which I say with intent but without drama, without stigma. I find it quite satisfying to express such a significant, yet ordinary part of my life through a piece of my own music."