An active performer, saxophonist Julia Nolan has commissioned numerous works by Canadian composers. In 2020, she will be the featured soloist with Sinfonia, conducted by Clyde Mitchell performing Stefan Hintersteininger’s Saxophone Concerto. In 2019, she performed this concerto with the West Coast Orchestra on a tour of Balkan countries. In 2018, Julia released a CD with violinist Joan Blackman and pianist Jane Hayes and a CD of Canadian works with the Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet. In 2016, Julia gave the U.S. premiere of Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Lubbock Symphony and premiered the concerto Cool Cut by John Oliver with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. She recorded new works for organ and saxophone by Denis Bedard (2014) and is the featured soloist with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy (2015) performing Robert Buckley’sPrestidigitation.
Julia has performed and recorded with the Alan Matheson’s jazz groups and played with the Dal Richards jazz orchestra.Julia Nolan has served as a clinician and international judge in Belgium, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States and is currently the Director of Scholarly Publications for the North American Saxophone Alliance. Dr. Nolan teaches saxophone at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Symphony School of Music.
She is also an Artist-Clinician for Yamaha, Canada Ltd and Rousseau Musical Products.