Julie Anne Nord

PhD Candidate
Office: TC 124
Email: jheikel@uwo.ca

Julie Anne Nord's research focuses on orchestration and timbre in the mature works of Richard Wagner. Her dissertation is a study of how Wagner’s "associative orchestration" contributes to music’s role in the drama and his concept of Gesamtkuntswerk. Julie's research is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and she recently received a CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement award to fund her research in Bayreuth, Germany.

Her Master’s thesis, “Constructing Chivalry: Symbolic Representation of King Marke in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde,” undertook an examination of Wagner’s adaptation of his source, the Tristan of Gottfried von Strassburg, to construct a character that represents the courtly chivalric society of the opera. Julie’s other research interests include music–text relationships and narrativity, nationalism and nationhood in music (specifically nineteenth-century Germany and present-day Canada), folk appropriation in art music, and pedagogical repertoire.

Julie holds musicology and horn performance degrees from McGill University, the University of  Victoria, and the University of Michigan. In addition, she holds Associate Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music in both Piano Pedagogy and Horn Performance. Julie has presented her research in Canada, the United States, and the UK at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the Royal Musical Association.

An active educator in musicology, theory, and performance, Julie challenges her students to make connections between their academic and performance studies, and to share their music with their communities.