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Julie Ford High Res photo (jpg, 4mb)
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Bios (Jan 2015)

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Dr. Julie Ford (julieford.org) is a classical and jazz conductor, vocalist, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. An Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Saint Mary’s College of California, she directs the Chamber Singers, Glee Club, and Jazz Choir, and teaches lyric diction, sight-singing, piano, and conducting. The SMC Glee and Chamber Singers received Gold Medals at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. As Director of Liturgical Music at St. Mary’s, Dr. Ford directs music for masses and ecumenical services. She also sings professionally in Moodswing, a vocal jazz quartet (2005 Champions of the San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes).

From 2002-2013, she served as Director of Worship and Music at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church leading worship as vocalist and pianist, directing four choirs (middle school ages through adults), and conducting choral-orchestral works biannually; the LOPC Chamber Singers performed at the 2009 ACDA National Convention. Dr. Ford served two terms as Repertoire & Standards Chair of Music in Worship (CA-ACDA) and guest conducts, leads workshops, and adjudicates throughout northern and central California.

She holds degrees from San José State University (Bachelors-Voice), The Eastman School of Music (Masters-Conducting) and the University of Oklahoma (Doctorate-Choral Conducting). Her primary conducting teachers include Perla Warren, Charlene Archibeque, Donald Neuen, and Dennis Shrock.

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Dr. Julie Ford (julieford.org) is a classical and jazz conductor, vocalist, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. An Associate Professor of Music at Saint Mary’s College of California, she directs the Chamber Singers, Glee Club, and Jazz Choir, and offers courses in lyric diction, sight-singing, piano, and conducting. The SMC Chamber Singers and Glee Club received Gold Medals at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, a Silver diploma and Silver medal at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, and Silver and Gold diplomas at the 2011 Reno Interkultur International Choral Festival.

Dr. Ford's professional focus is the integration of classical and jazz-pop styles in educational, worship, and concert settings. Her doctoral dissertation explored the complimentary performance practices of Early Music and Jazz (score alteration, improvisation, and rhythmic flexibility). From 2002-13, she served as Director of Worship and Music at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (2000 members), guiding the realization of their "blended worship" vision (integrating traditional and contemporary music genres), designing liturgy, leading worship as vocalist and pianist, directing four choirs, and conducting bi-annual major choral-orchestral works. Partnering with high caliber jazz and classical musicians, she encouraged development of musical complexity and artistry within contemporary forms that drew in musical enthusiasts and won over most traditionalists. In 2009, the LOPC Chamber Singers performed at the ACDA National Convention, and Dr. Ford joined the CA ACDA board, serving two terms as the Repertoire & Standards Chair of Music in Worship.

Dr. Ford is also a professional singer as part of Moodswing (vocal jazz quartet, Champions of the San Francisco Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes), andEli (a pop/light-classical women's quartet). She serves frequently as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She holds degrees from San José State University (Bachelors in Vocal Performance), The Eastman School of Music (Masters in Conducting), and the University of Oklahoma (Doctorate in Choral Conducting). She is indebted to her principal teachers Perla Warren, Roger Letson, Charlene Archibeque, Donald Neuen, Samuel Adler, and Dennis Shrock.