Julia Nolan

Sessional Lecturer, Saxophone

B.Mus. (UBC), M.Mus. (Indiana), Ph.D. (UBC)

Music Building 312
Tel. 604-822-3529


Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone.  She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen ChatmanKeith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.

In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.

Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.

Julia Nolan premiered Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey conducting) and with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Bernhard Gueller conducting) in April 2012.

In July, 2012 Julia Nolan performed Jan Freidlin’s Broceliande Concerto, premiered a Polys Tonos by Colin MacDonald, and gave a lecture based on her PhD thesis: Fostering Artistry and Pedagogy: Conversations with Artist-teachers Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and Donald Sinta at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Julia Nolan was a guest artist at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium in July 2011.

In November 2010, Nolan was an international judge at the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, in Dinant, Belgium.