Assistant Visiting Professor Dr. Julia Cory teaches cello, chamber music, music theory, and directs the cello ensemble at Montana State University-Bozeman.
A dynamic musician and innovative educator, Dr. Cory enjoys playing music ranging from symphonic and chamber literature to new music in every genre. She has performed with symphonies in Bozeman (Montana), Terre Haute and Columbus (Indiana) and Round Rock, Temple, and Waco (Texas), as well as the Intermountain Opera Company. Her ability to play a wide and diverse spectrum of repertoire has made her in demand as a collaborative musician, and she has performed with artists in other disciplines including visual artists, actors, and dancers. Some projects include performing for Cirque du Soleil, Willie Nelson, and the off-Broadway production of West Side Story.
A native of Montana, Dr. Cory received her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, studying primarily with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Emilio Colón. She holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Texas at Austin, completed under the tutelage of Bion Tsang. While at The University of Texas, she was involved in the UT String Project, and completed Suzuki training with Dr. Melissa Kraut.
Prior to coming to MSU-Bozeman, Dr. Cory was the founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Cello Choir in Austin, TX. This group is dedicated to performing a unique set of repertoire, exploring the versatility of the cello, and community involvement. She has previously served as adjunct faculty at Temple College in Temple, TX, and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, TX. Dr. Cory served on the faculty of The Austin Chamber Music Center, where she coached chamber music and frequently performed with the faculty quartet. She is available for master classes, and has been involved with workshops including the Montana Chamber Music Workshop and The Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop. Dr. Cory maintains a select private studio out of her home, her dedication to music education evident through their consistent placement in state and regional ensembles, festivals, and universities, and their involvement with community ensembles.
In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her family and two dogs.