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Julie Keim
soprano
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Nationally recognized soprano, Julie Keim, is known for her outstanding musicality and vital vocal quality. The Washington Post has praised her for "the purity and impressive suppleness of her voice." She has performed in a variety of venues, including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Washington National Cathedral. She was featured soloist at the White House performing before President and Mrs. Bush for the National Day of Prayer which was broadcast live on national television.

Among the many ensembles with which Ms. Keim has been a featured soloist are the Santa Fe Symphony, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Oratorio Society of Charlottesville, Texas Baroque Ensemble, and The Desert Chorale. In the Washington, DC area, she has appeared with many of the leading musical organizations including the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, and the National Philharmonic.

Ms. Keim's concert repertoire comprises a wide range of works, including Carmina Burana, Ein deustches Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria, Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, and the virtuoso solo cantatas "Exsultate, jubilate," "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," and Vivaldi's "In furore." She is a frequent recitalist, distinguished for her sensitive interpretation of art songs.

Not limited to recital and oratorio works, Ms. Keim's virtuosity and versatility extend to classic American popular music. Her first CD, Only Yesterday, was recently nominated for three Grammy® awards. She recently released a new recording of Christmas music with harpist, Eric Sabatino. Titled A Child My Choice, it features Richard Wayne Dirksen's beloved Christmas carol by the same name, along with many other seasonal favorites.

Ms. Keim has won awards from the Oratorio Society of New York, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, and the Lola Wilson Hayes Vocal Artists Awards. A native of Santa Fe, Ms. Keim studied at Trinity University, Southern Methodist University, Temple University and L'Académie Internationale d'Été de Nice in France.

 

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