Julie began her musical training at Napier College in Edinburgh, Scotland and continued her studies at Trinity College of Music in London, England. There, she studied clarinet performance with John Stenhouse (London Symphony Orchestra) and saxophone performance with Chris Gradwell (London Saxophone Quartet). While living in London, Julie worked as an orchestral clarinetist and chamber musician. She was the bass clarinettist with The Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and Chelsea Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Amabile Wind Quintet and Thayer Octet. She toured Germany with the Thames Wind Ensemble as their solo artist performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto in 1992. Julie was also the soprano saxophonist with the Jazz-A-Belles saxophone quartet, a renowned, all female group which performed and toured regularly in the UK. She immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1993 and established herself as a peripatetic tutor, working in secondary schools and at private music studios. She is a passionate educator and maintains a busy studio on the North Shore. Julie is an active clinician working privately and for the education departments of Vancouver-based, music stores.
Julie is a member of the Erato Ensemble, Wind Song Trio and Trio Primario. She regularly performs solo recitals for the Heath Arts Society and has played with Lions Gate Sinfonia, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Allegra Chamber Orchestra and Plastic Acid Orchestra.
She manages a synchronization, music licensing company where film-makers and media professionals license original music and songs for their audiovisual projects.