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CCM Masters Student Julia Seeholzer Receives Fulbright Arts Grant

Julia Seeholzer

Graduating CCM masters degree candidate Julia Seeholzer is a recipient of the 2015-16 Fulbright Arts Grant to Poland. A student in CCM's Department of Composition, she will study at the Fryderyk Chopin University during her time in Poland. For her Fulbright project, Seeholzer plans to compose a cantata for Cincinnati's Musica Sacra choir.

Seeholzer was inspired to travel to Poland because of the country’s traditional and modern choral repertoire, which informs her own work.

"Because faith is so important to Polish citizens - over 90% of the country is Catholic - sacred music remains a vital part of everyday life, and it shows. Their modern choral repertoire is beautifully complex in ways that I haven't heard elsewhere. Dr. Lukaszewski's music in particular embodies many qualities I aspire to include in my music one day," explains Seeholzer.

Seeholzer will write a cantata, approximately 20 minutes long. She hopes to write something relevant and appropriate to Cincinnati's Musica Sacra choir's role as a cathedral choir, while also telling a story with sacred texts. She plans to spend her first few weeks in Warsaw gathering inspiration for the cantata.

"I'm thrilled to get the chance to explore a part of Europe I've never visited," says Seeholzer. "I'm excited to attend lots of concerts and musical events and can't wait to see what the music scene is like there."

Seeholzer with CCM Professor Emeritus Joel Hoffman

Seeholzer with CCM Professor Emeritus Joel Hoffman

While a student at CCM, Seeholzer served as the Secretary of the Society of Composers Club, Director of the Huls’ Angels Chamber Choir, Student Coordinator for the Midwest Composer Symposium and as a mentor to undergraduate composition students. She studied with Joel Hoffman and Ellen Harrison.

"Julia is a lyrical composer with a special interest in choral music," explains Adjunct Instructor of Composition Ellen Harrison. "She writes carefully crafted, evocative works in which melody figures prominently, as does her concern for harmonic color and subtle rhythmic gestures. It comes as no surprise that she has won a Fulbright to study in Poland next year. She is an extremely talented and sensitive musician."

Seeholzer earned a B.M. in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music where she studied with Marti Epstein, and graduated summa cum laude. After completing her Fulbright grant, she plans to return to the US to pursue a DMA.

Her pieces have been played by ensembles including the Esterhazy String Quartet, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Trio d’Esprit, and members of the LA Philharmonic. She has presented work in master classes with John Corigliano, Robert Carl, Craig Hella Johnson and others. In 2011, she attended Yale’s New Music Workshop as a composition fellow to study with Martin Bresnick.

Seeholzer has had works commissioned by groups such as the Tenuto Chamber Singers, WomenSing, and the University of Chicago's Camerata. To learn more, please visit her website at

CCM students interested in applying for Fulbright grants or other similarly prestigious scholarships and awards can find resources and assistance for doing so in UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

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