Chair, Department of Music Performance
BM Northwestern University
Woodwind Chamber Music
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Julie DeRoche performs Jean Francaix's Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Julie DeRoche, Professor of Clarinet and Chair of the Department of Music Performance, has served on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music since 1984. A student of Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody, she received her degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University in 1981. She has remained in Chicago since then, developing a significant career as a clarinetist and educator.
Ms. DeRoche has performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and can be heard on a number of that ensemble's recordings, including the Strauss Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Barenboim), Bruckner Symphony #0 (Solti), Mahler Symphony #9 (Boulez), and Boulez Notations 7, and Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (Barenboim). She toured regularly with the CSO in Europe, South America, Asia and the U. S., and has performed with that organization at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she served full-time as acting second clarinetist for the 2000-2001 CSO season.
Ms. DeRoche performs frequently with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and various other ensembles in the Chicago area, and has recorded hundreds of radio and TV commercials. With her colleagues, The Chicago Clarinet Trio, she has recently released a new clarinet trio CD (Albany Records) containing a number of pieces written and commissioned for the trio.
In 1994 she was the Conference Director of the highly successful International Clarinet Association conference and has served as Treasurer and President of this organization. She developed a close relationship with the G. Leblanc Corporation, serving as Director of Performance Education for two years, and as an artist clinician. Ms. DeRoche continues to perform and give master classes throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.