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UNI Viola Festival

UNI Viola Festival
UNI Viola Festival


UNI Viola Festival 

October 31, 2020
 UNI Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center


Julia Bullard
Professor of Viola, University of Northern Iowa


 Festival Guest Artist: to be announced!


The day includes master classes for high school and collegiate level students, viola ensemble, technique classes for different levels, and of course a final concert featuring our guest artists and the viola ensemble! 
Registration Fee: $20

(Includes pizza lunch and t-shirt!)


Click here to register! 

Registration deadline: October 23, 2020

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: (sample scheduled for 2019; 2020 schedule coming soon!)
8:30 Registration – GBPAC, by Davis Hall Stage Entrance
9:00 Opening Session: Viola Ensemble Rehearsal, Davis Hall
10:00-11:30 Collegiate Master Class – Zoran Jakovcic – Davis Hall
11:30-12:15 Introduction to the Alexander Technique – Brian McCullough – Davis Hall
12:15-1:15 Lunch – GBPAC Room 30
1:30 Viola Ensemble Rehearsal - Jebe Hall (all)
1:30 Brandenburg 6 Rehearsal– Davis Hall
2:30-3:30 Middle/High School Master Class – Julia Bullard, Jebe Hall
3:30 Break – snack in student lounge area and warm up for concert
4:00 Viola Ensemble Setup and Sound Check in Davis Hall
4:30 Viola Festival Concert – featuring Viola Ensemble and faculty/guest performers.
Concert is free and open to the public.



You may park in the metered lot in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor’s Lot (behind the GBPAC) at no charge on Saturdays – do not feed the meter.


The festival concert will be over by about 7:30 PM. If you plan to stay in Cedar Falls overnight, lodging is available at a number of area hotels and motels. The closest to the UNI campus are:

Country Inn & Suites
2910 South Main Street, Cedar Falls
(319) 268-1800

Day's Inn
5924 University Avenue, Cedar Falls
(319) 266-1222 

Black Hawk Hotel
115 Main Street, Cedar Falls
(319) 277-1161

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1614 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls
(319) 277-2400 

5818 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls
(800) 634-3444 

Clarion Inn
5826 University Avenue, Cedar Falls 
(319) 277-2230 


Lunch will be provided (this year we will be ordering our lunch in and eating in the student lounge - pizza, beverages and fruit). A light snack (granola bars, fruit, water/juice) will be provided for the break between the last master class and the concert. There are also many restaurants close to UNI if you wish to go off-campus for lunch or stay after the concert for dinner.

CAMPUS MAP: available online at http://www.uni.edu/infosys/campusmap/

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


Guest artist info coming soon! 

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