Dr. Julia Davids enjoys a thriving career as a versatile musician. She holds degrees in Education, Conducting and Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario (London, ON), the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
As a soprano soloist, Julia is an avid performer and recitalist having appeared with Opera Atelier, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Toronto Chamber Choir, the Toronto Consort, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Aradia Ensemble, Publick Musick, Ars Musica and others. Julia has served as voice adjudicator and conducted workshops on vocal pedagogy and conducting with many groups. Her book "Vocal Technique - A Guide for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers" will be published by Waveland Press in 2012.
Julia is the Stephen J. Hendrickson endowed chair of Choral Activities at North Park University where she directs the University Choir, the Chamber Singers, and teaches music education and conducting. She is the Music Director of the North Shore Choral Society, a 140 voice community choir and serves as Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette. Julia is a proud founding member of the Canadian Chamber Choir, Canada's national choral ensemble providing a professional-level choral environment for Canadian singers, conductors and composers. Artistic Director of the CCC since 2004, she has led the ensemble on concert and workshop tours of Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and directed their debut recording, "In Good Company." A native of London, ON, she now resides outside of Chicago with her husband, baroque violinist Martin Davids and their two children, Judith and Solomon.