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UNI Viola Festival

UNI Viola Festival 

October 30, 2021


Julia Bullard
Professor of Viola, University of Northern Iowa

 and guest artists


Ann Marie Brink, Associate Professor of Viola, DePaul University
 Jay Foote, Alexander Technique Instructor, AmSAT member and founder of Alexander Technique Des Moines


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Registration deadline: October 28, 2021


9:00 AM – Viola Ensemble
10:00 AM – Collegiate Master Class (Ann Marie Brink)
12:00 PM - lunch break
1:00 PM – Viola Ensemble
2:00 PM – Alexander Technique workshop (Jay Foote)
3:00 PM – Pre-College Viola Master Class (Julia Bullard)
4:00 PM -  Concert

QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Julia Bullard at: 319-273-3074 (studio phone), or by email at julia.bullard@uni.edu





Ann Marie BrinkAnn Marie Brink is Associate Professor of Viola at DePaul University in Chicago. She served as Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony for two decades, and has performed in solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, Library of Congress, Severance Hall, Rockport Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall and the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Brink’s performances with the Amernet String Quartet were praised by the New York Times as “an accomplished and intelligent ensemble. Their fine performances were most notable for the quality of unjaded discovery that came through so vividly.” She has coached and performed in residencies for Chamber Music America with the Cavani String Quartet, has twice been a fellow at the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies and was invited by Isaac Stern to participate in his Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. First-prize winner in both the Nakamichi Foundation Concerto competition at the Aspen Music festival and the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Auditions, she has also won the Florence Allan Award at the Carmel Chamber Music Competition. 

First introduced to the viola at the age of ten in a public school strings class, Ann Marie became one of the youngest members of the Pensacola Symphony, performing in the viola section while a freshman in high school. She later enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a featured soloist with the World Youth Symphony, received a Fine Arts Award and graduated with high honors. Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Music with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded the Jim Hall prize for achievement and leadership in music. She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious William Schuman Prize, the single graduate prize given at commencement exercises. Her principal teachers were Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castleman and David Holland, and her chamber music mentors include the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Cavani String Quartets. Ms. Brink has served on the faculties of Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Interlochen Arts Camp, Wintergreen Academy, Hot Springs Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Conservatory, Dallas Symphony Young Strings and The Institute for Strings.


Jay FooteJay Foote (M.M., M.AmSAT) has been teaching private lessons and groups in the Alexander Technique at the Balance Arts Center in New York City since he was certified to teach in 2013. He has worked as a Senior Assistant Trainer on the BAC’s Teacher Training course since 2015. From 2018 to 2020, he served on the Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large for the American Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT ). He specializes in musician’s wellness, helping students eliminate pain by improving awareness and flow.

During 17 years in New York City, Foote completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Bass Performance from William Paterson University and maintained an active performance schedule including national TV performances and Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Band’s Visit,” and “Waitress.” He has performed, toured, produced, and recorded albums with many of New York/Nashville/LA’s finest musicians and songwriters. Jay worked as an Alexander Technique Coach on the faculty of the “AT Singing” intensive two-week opera workshops held in May of 2019. He served on the AMSAT Research Committee from 2017-2020. He presented at 2017, 2018, and 2019 Freedom to Make Music Conference workshops entitled “The Art of Making Music: Building Awareness While Performing in an Ensemble,” “Cultivating Flow: Finding Connection While Performing,” and “In Process: How To Use Alexander Technique to Stay Present and Aware.” During the summer of 2020 and winter of 2021, he directed classes for musicians for the Balance Arts Center’s Alexander Technique Online Intensive.

In July 2020, Mr. Foote moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and continues to teach Alexander Technique privately and for groups at the Balance Arts Center via Zoom. Foote was a voting member of NARAS Recording Academy in 2017-2019. He is a member of the Local 802 NYC Musician’s Union, is a charter member of the New York City chapter of the Jim Keltner Fan Club, and is a member of Alexander Technique Iowa.


UNI Viola Professor Julia Bullard:


Julia BullardJULIA BULLARD is Professor of Viola at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she has appeared as soloist with the Bogotá Chamber Orchestra (Bogotá, Colombia) and the UCS Symphony Orchestra (Caxias do Sul, Brazil). She is also the violist of Trio 826; since its formation in 2011, the trio has performed throughout the US, as well as in France and Brazil, and released their first CD, entitled “Mosaic,” in 2016. 

In demand as a clinician and pedagogue, Dr. Bullard has presented guest performances and master classes at universities across the US, including the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, Drake University, State University of New York at Fredonia, Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Ball State University in Indiana, and internationally. Her students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs and summer festivals, are successful teachers in the public schools and private studios, and hold positions in symphony orchestras. Dr. Bullard was the recipient of the Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year award in 2011 from the Iowa String Teachers Association. Dr. Bullard is currently also studying to be a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique through the Minnesota Center for the Alexander Technique.

Dr. Bullard received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, and the DMA degree from the University of Georgia. Her principal teachers included the legendary violists Joseph de Pasquale and Emanuel Vardi. Prior to joining the faculty at UNI, Dr. Bullard was a faculty member at Settlement Music School (Philadelphia), Temple University’s Preparatory Department (Philadelphia), and the University of Georgia Pre-College Program, among others. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Des Moines Metro Opera (IA), Cedar Rapids Symphony (IA), Greenville Symphony (SC), Trenton Symphony (NJ), and many more, and has performed and taught at  several summer festivals including the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Luzerne Music Center, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.