Julia Solana Jacklein (b.1983), is a composer, piano teacher, writer and visual artist based in Barrie, ON. Her compositions have been described as lyrical, harmonically complex and evocative, and she has experimented actively with different approaches to texture and tonality. Julia is particularly interested in choral writing/arranging and in developing new pedagogical piano literature.
Julia holds a Bachelor of Independent Studies (composition/piano pedagogy) from the University of Waterloo, where she studied under Carol Ann Weaver, Leonard Enns and Timothy Corlis; she furthered her studies under the mentorship of Toronto composer Linda Catlin Smith and Lynda Metelsky (piano pedagogy). Special interests outside of music include art history, mythology, philosophy, etymology, languages, literature and theatre, and she regularly incorporates her knowledge in these areas into her compositions. Her graduating thesis presented four original pedagogical piano works and a study on the integration of visual art and literature into music instruction.
In recent years, Julia has collaborated with choirs and musicians such as Lyrica Chamber Choir, That Choir, the Tost String Quartet, soprano Clarisse Tonigussi, songwriter Hawkins Johnston, and Central Bucks High School West Choir (PA). Three of her vocal compositions were performed as part of the 2017-2018 Canadian Women Composers Project, and her choral composition Through the Forest Alone I Went will be performed during the Toronto Composer Summit in April. Julia’s music is on the 2018 Contemporary Showcase Syllabus, and her artwork was featured in the 2017 CFMTA Canada 150 publication. She has written concert reviews for the Barrie Examiner, and for the Barrie Concerts/Georgian Music concert series, and has also contributed to the Barrie Advance.
Julia has recently completed a Requiem on the subject of war and peace, entitled Requiem for an Unknown Soldier.
- Through the Forest Alone I Went for mixed voices SATB a cappella (text by Johann von Goethe, translated into English by J.S. Jacklein) – 2018 commission
- Requiem for an Unknown Soldier for mixed voices SATB with cello and French horn (Introitus, Kyrie, Lacrimosa, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem, In Paradisum) – 2018
- Where the Wind Cries in the Sedge for mixed voices SATB a cappella (text by W.B. Yeats) – 2017
- Weep You No More for women’s voices SSA a cappella (to an anonymous text) – 2017
- How Sweet the Moonlight, for choir SATB with piano accompaniment (text by William Shakespeare) – 2014
- Psalm 130, for choir SATB a cappella – 2003; rewritten 2015
- Three Summer Songs (Sun, Waves and Stones; Flower on the Wind; Dreams Unfolding) for soprano voice and piano, to original texts – 2017
- Wanderers Nachtlied, for soprano voice and piano (text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) – 2015
- Far from Ourselves, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Hawkins Johnston; with original lyrics – 2014
- Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright, for mezzo-soprano voice and piano (text by William Blake) – 2000
- Beautiful Star: quintet for tenor and bass vocal soloists and string trio, with original lyrics – 2006; revised and re-scored for mezzo-soprano solo with string trio – 2017
- Duo for Trumpet and Bassoon – 2005; rewritten for solo piano – 2015
- A Riddle: quartet for violin, flute, viola and soprano voice; lyrics written collaboratively – 2005; revised 2016
- Theme and Variations for String Quartet – 2004; 2016
- Duo for Violin and Viola – 2005
- Cello Sonata movement in E flat – 2000
- Still Falls the Rain (after the poem by Edith Sitwell) – 2005
- 5 Pedagogical Pieces for Piano – 2012-2016
- Solos for trumpet, bassoon, flute, and classical guitar – 2005
- Piano Sonata Movement in F minor (Classical style) & – Keyboard Prelude in G minor (Baroque style) – 2005
- Perseus and Medusa: piano suite – 2000
- 20 Short Pieces for Piano – 1994-2000