JulieAnn Smith earned her bachelor degree from Arizona State University in Piano Accompaniment & Coaching. Before completing her degree, she got hired at ASU as a staff accompanist. JulieAnn's piano lineage comes from studying with student of Rudolph Serkin, Eugene Pridinoff. JulieAnn also studied under violinists William Mayer, & , & cellist Atsumi. At age 20 she accompanied Yheudi Mennuhuin in Lausanne Switzerland at the International string & piano summer music festival.She also studied under student Dr. Jean Barr, and world renowned accompanist Gwendolyn Koldofsky.
JulieAnn received a Certificate in Harp Therapy from the International Harp Therapy Program in 2005 & Certificate in VAHT Therapy (Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy) in 2009
She earned her Masters of Arts Degree in 2007 from Alaska Pacific University in Piano/Harp Performance & Early Piano Pedagogy. She has written several method books and will have a manual on her teaching method out soon. See some on the CD & Book Page.
She now lives in Hilo Hawaii; where she teaches privately, composes & performs; but lived in Homer Alaska where she accompanied all the school and community choirs, accompanied guest artists who visited Homer, musical directed plays at Pier One Theatre, HCOA & Homer High School. She also provided the music for Faith Lutheran Church & performed around Homer often on the harp or piano. She has performed on the organ and piano in Europe. Musicals directed &/or performed in: West Side Story Rent Next to Normal Into the Woods Cabaret Oklahoma Nunsense Nunsense II Everything I Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten Wizard of Oz Frankenstein the Musical Joseph and the Technicolor Coat
Mikado Pirates of Penzanz Kiss Me Kate
Beauty & the Beast A Little Night Music
Several Revues & Cabarets
JulieAnn Smith Music Scholarship: A Scholarship JulieAnn set up to assist aspiring musicians. In 7 years the scholarship awarded monies to 8 students in all. The seven years of scholarships were absolutely phenomenal! The talent our youth has is encouraging to out future! Some of past year winners: Courtney, Patrick Schneider, Lauran Cashmann