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Born in Hollywood, California, Julian Wachner began his musical education at the age of four with cello and piano lessons at the University of Southern California, and studied under Gerre Hancock while a boy chorister at the St Thomas Choir School in New York City. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University’s School for the Arts, where his teachers included David Hoose, Theodore Antoniou, Robert Sirota, Marjorie Merryman, Charles Fussell and Lukas Foss.  In 1990, at the age of twenty, he was appointed University Organist and Music Director of Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, charged with the task of composing service music for the weekly NPR live broadcast, directing the University Chapel Choir, playing the organ, and developing the Boston Bach Ensemble and Annual Festival of Contemporary Music. During his twelve-year tenure at Marsh Chapel, he became one of Boston’s most prominent musicians, constantly heralded in the press for the excellence and variety of his work. While at Boston University, Wachner began a long association with Tanglewood serving on the teaching staff of the Young Artists Vocal, Orchestral and Composition Programs of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. While in Boston, Wachner was music director of The Back Bay Chorale, Providence Singers, Boston Bach Ensemble, sang in the Cantata Singers and Schola Cantorum and was on the faculty of Boston University’s School of Theology, School for the Arts, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he taught courses in composition and theory. As a conductor, Julian Wachner has appeared on the world’s leading stages including engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Music Academy of the West, Calgary Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, Pacific Symphony, and L’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. In 2008, he was named Music Director of the GRAMMY® award-winning Washington Chorus, in residence at the Kennedy Center. In addition, he is professor of music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, Québec where he serves as Principal Conductor of Opera McGill.

Julian Wachner’s music has been described as “bold and atmospheric” by the New York Times, “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious” by the Boston Globe, “highly enjoyable, touching, clever, and inspiring” by the Deseret News, and “upbeat, jazzy, glittering, and poignant” by the Providence Journal. Recent commissions include the Back Bay Chorale (Come, My Dark-eyed One – 2009), Boston Landmarks Orchestra (The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, 2004 and Lifting the Curse, 2006), l’Orchestre Métropolitain (Triptych for Organ and Large Orchestra 2004/06), Cornell University’s Glee Club (4 Scenes from the Rubayyat 2007), and his first opera, Evangeline Revisited, for Opera McGill in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Other commissions and performances include the Spoleto Festival USA (Cymbale), the New Haven Symphony (Planet X, Pluto, Apollo’s Fire, Tryptich for Organ and Orchestra), the Church of St Andrew and St Paul, Montreal (Psalm Cycle III), the San Diego Symphony (Regina Coeli), the Providence Singers (Canticles), the Quincy Symphony (Clarinet Concerto), the Cape Ann Symphony (Celebrations), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Maryland (Behold the Tabernacle), the Charleston Symphony and Chorus (Regina Coeli), and Alea III (Cycles). Julian Wachner’s complete catalogue of music, containing over eighty works, is published by E.C. Schirmer.

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