Dr. Julie Hill is the Co-President, CEO, and Founder of Global Citizen Adventure Corps, a nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate global service-learning with a focus on access for rural students from the Mid-South. Julie has more than 25 years of experience as a music educator, scholar, performer, lecturer, administrator, and non-profit arts leader/advocate. Previously, she served as Chair of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Department of Music where she was also a Professor of Percussion since 2005.
As a scholar/performer, Julie has presented hundreds of workshops, concerts, and lectures championing opportunities for social mobility through music, specifically for black women and underserved children in Northeastern Brazil. As a member of the award-winning Caixa Trio, Julie has performed in Peru, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. She is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and functional in Spanish.
Julie is a winner of the University of Tennessee at Martin's Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, the Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship Award, the UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, and the inaugural recipient of the University of Tennessee President’s system-wide Educate Award. She has also received Member Laureate distinction from the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Julie is the principal percussionist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as the Co-Editorial Director for Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of the International Percussive Arts Society of which she serves as a Past-President. Julie is the co-author of an audition method book entitled All Inclusive Etudes (Row-Loff Productions) and a collection of solos/duets entitled Music for Multi Percussion: A World View (Alfred Publications). Julie has numerous percussion ensemble publications with Innovative Percussion and Row-Loff Productions. Her scholarly research has been published in Percussive Notes and the Garland World Music Encyclopedias.
Julie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Julie Hill is an Artist and Educator for Zildjian Cymbals and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She is an artist and endorser for Innovative Percussion, REMO, and Grover Pro Percussion. For more information, visit Julie Hill’s website at www.juliehilleducator.com