Patricia Julien is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses in music theory, jazz improvisation, and jazz composition and arranging. She received the Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park, conducting research on the early compositions of jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Her dissertation, entitled "The Structural Function of Harmonic Relations in Wayne Shorter's Early Compositions: 1959-1963," discusses Shorter's contributions to the transformations in harmonic practice after bebop, focusing on the expansion of tonality particularly as it relates to the large-scale structure of compositions. Ms. Julien has presented her continuing research at the national conference of the Society for Music Theory, at regional New York State and New England SMT meetings, and, by invitation, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and various U.S. universities. A recent article, "Four-Way Voicings in Jazz Arranging," appears in the August 2006 issue of the Jazz Education Journal.
Ms. Julien received the degree Master of Music in Jazz and Commercial Studies from Manhattan School of Music, with emphasis on performance jazz flute) and composition/arranging. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center, and has toured the eastern United States, Canada, and Europe. While living in New York City, she performed frequently at Birdland, The Knitting Factory, The New Music Café, CBGB's, and The 55 Bar, and has worked with artists such as Roy Hargrove, Ari Hoenig, Randy Brecker, Ron Elliston, Atilla Engin, and Kenny Wessel.
Ms. Julien has composed and arranged pieces for solo voice and piano, mixed-voice choral ensembles, concert band, small jazz combos, big band, marching band, and orchestra. Her 2006 CD, Glee by the Patricia Julien Project, is available at www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com.
Ms. Julien is a member of Society for Music Theory, Society for American Music, Society of Composers, Inc., and International Association of Jazz Educators.