Pianist and music educator Julia Sheriff teaches in the Baltimore-DC area and enjoys performing collaborative contemporary classical music. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Peabody Children’s Chorus and taught general music from 2014-2018 in Montgomery County Public Schools. She has been featured in local contemporary music series such as the Evolution Contemporary Music Series and Pitcher Perfect Series. Interdisciplinary projects have included “Cycle Loops”, a work for keyboard/electronics/bicycle by Ruby Fulton as well as solo piano performances featuring her own artistic films. She was a recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant, funding her ProjectionPlay North American tour of six emerging composer premieres and interactive projections. She founded the “Peabody MICA Collab Studio” in 2013, an interdisciplinary composition and performance class now accredited by the Maryland Institute College of Art.
She received her Music Education Certification and Bachelor’s of Music from Peabody Conservatory as a recipient of the Frances W. Wentz Turner Memorial Prize in Piano and the William H. Kaltenbach, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. She received her Orff Level 1 Certification from George Mason University in 2016, and has studied graduate vocal pedagogy and conducting at the University of Maryland and the University of the Arts. Ms. Sheriff was a recipient of Yale’s Norfolk Festival-2012 New Music Workshop fellowship. She has also won prizes in international piano competitions including the Aspen Music Festival’s AACA Concerto Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Competition, and the International Young Artist’s Piano Competition.
The Peabody Children’s Chorus, founded in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1989, brings children together to rehearse and perform art and folk music of multiple cultures, languages, historical periods, and styles.