My name is Julie. I am new to the Forum and excited to join the conversation. I have played guitar since age nine and classical guitar since 17. That means I have been playing guitar for nearly four decades! I took lessons from age nine to 13, then again from 17 to 19, and then again from about 27 to 31 or so. I briefly taught lessons, but feel I do not possess the "teaching gene." Guitar has always been my primary instrument, although I have dabbled in piano and trumpet (a long time ago). I have also rung and/or directed handbells for many years, currently serving as Director of Handbell Ministries at my church. While I played standard guitar repertoire for many years, being particularly fond of the "Capricho Arabe," I have become quite interested in contemporary classical guitar composers in recent years. I am currently polishing up "Lejos de Casa" by Maximo Diego Pujol and "Prelude of Tears" by Adrian Andrei. Other recent pieces include, "Sunday Morning Overcast" by Andrew York, "Through the Silence" by Giorgio Mirto and "Syngange Strenger" by Oyvind Lyslo.
I perform on two concert classicals: A 1996 Jose Ramirez 1A (Cedar/Indian Rosewood) and a 2013 Joshia de Jonge (Spruce/Indian Rosewood).