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UNI Viola Festival

UNI Viola Festival will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021. Check back for details soon! 

UNI Viola Festival 

October 31, 2020


Julia Bullard
Professor of Viola, University of Northern Iowa


 Festival Guest Artists: Matthew Michelic, Ann Marie Brink and Alyssa Ottmar


This year's virtual festival will include master classes for high school and collegiate level students, technique classes for different levels, and a final online concert and virtual School of Music tour! 


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Registration deadline: October 28, 2020

9:00 AM welcome video/mini-concert
9:30 AM virtual warm-up (Julia Bullard)
10:15 AM Hearing health presentation (Alyssa Ottmar)
11:00 AM Orchestral Excerpts Class (Ann Marie Brink)
12-1 PM - lunch break
1:00 PM Pre-College Master Class (Julia Bullard)
1:45 PM Technique Boot Camp (with all Viola Festival Faculty)
2:45 PM Collegiate Master Class (Mathew Michelic)
3:30 PM Concert and Virtual Tour of UNI School of Music

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





Matthew Michelic enjoys a diverse musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Mr. Michelic has been praised in the Denver Post as possessing "an extraordinarily rich viola sound", and the Milwaukee Sentinel viewed his performance of Hindemith's Trauermusik as a "touching, masterful interpretation". He has concertized throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci and Delos Quartets, and he has appeared in concert with such artists as Robert McDonald, Jeffrey Solow, the Amelia Piano Trio and the Fine Arts Quartet. Mr. Michelic has recorded on the Orion and CRI labels, has been a featured recitalist on WFMT radio in Chicago, and appears regularly on live chamber music broadcasts of Wisconsin Public Radio as a recitalist and as a member of the Lawrence Chamber Players. He has appeared as recitalist for meetings of the International Viola Congress, the Chicago Viola Society and the International Double Reed Society.

Mr. Michelic has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and has been principal violist of the Waukesha Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. He currently serves as principal violist of the Green Bay Symphony and the Water City Chamber Orchestra. His solo appearances with orchestra include such major works as Harold in Italy, Flos Campi, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and the Frank Martin Ballade.

Mr. Michelic holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Indiana University. He has studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland. His principal teachers include Bernard Zaslav and Mimi Zweig, and he has performed in the master classes of Paul Doktor, Bruno Giuranna and William Primrose. His chamber music coaches include members of the Cleveland, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Juilliard and Vermeer Quartets.

Mr. Michelic has served as an artist-in-residence at the Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Delaware. His summer faculty appointments have included the Indiana University String Academy, the International School for Musical Arts in Ontario, the Green Lake Music Festival in Wisconsin and the CREDO Chamber Music Program in Oberlin, Ohio. He has presented master classes at schools of music across the United States and at the national conservatories of China (Beijing) and Vietnam (Hanoi).

Currently Mr. Michelic serves on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where his teaching activities include viola, chamber music coaching, orchestral literature for strings and an upper-level course focused on the history of the string quartet. The former students of Mr. Michelic now teach in public school, community school and university settings and perform in professional chamber and orchestral ensembles in both the United States and Europe.



Ann 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.



A native of Coralville, Iowa, Alyssa grew up studying piano and viola at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, studying viola with William Preucil Sr. and chamber music with Doris Preucil. Alyssa graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with a dual degree in Viola Performance, as a student of Dr. Julia Bullard, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. While at UNI, Alyssa served as principal violist of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and was featured as a soloist in a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with NISO. Alyssa went on to obtain her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology at the University of Iowa, ranked the #1 public school for audiology. Once starting her doctoral program, Alyssa discovered the passion and importance of sharing hearing to all musicians. She has been invited to participate in research studies and offers healthy hearing talks for local music programs, music schools, national music camps, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. On top of her clinical and didactic work, Alyssa continued to pursue her musical opportunities by service as a section leader in the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and participating in the prestigious Chamber Music Program. From these organizations, Alyssa worked with professional musicians from across the globe, including Emmanuel Ax, Gerhardt Zimmerman, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brentano String Quartet, and JACK Quartet. She has been invited to perform across the state of Iowa, throughout the United States, and even Europe. Graduating in May 2020, Alyssa currently services as an Educational Audiologist for the Great Prairie Area Education Agency, serving the Southeast Iowa schools, teachers, and administration. 


UNI Viola Professor Julia Bullard:

JULIA BULLARD is Professor of Viola and Associate Director of the School of Music 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 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, as well as at several summer festivals including the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Luzerne Music Center, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival. She is also currently on the artist-faculty of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy.

 For more information please visit: www.juliabullard.com