Julie Ann Giroux was born in Fairhaven, Mass on Dec. 12, 1961 and began playing the piano a few years later. By the age of 8, she began composing. Several years and family relocations later, Julie attended Jack Hayes Junior High School. She composed her first Concert Band Work in the 8th grade at the age of 13. She attended Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Louisiana graduating in 1979. She played the French Horn in the school bands and played piano for the Choir all the while composing various types of music, including piano works, band works, solo instrumental works and vocal works.
Julie attended college at Louisiana State University receiving her bachelors degree in music performance, all the while continuing to compose band and orchestra works. At this time, she also began composing commercially. In 1981 she published her first band work. Literally days after college graduation, Julie had the opportunity to arrange & conduct several arrangements for a live ESPN broadcast for the National Sportsfest held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Composer Bill Conti had also been hired to compose and conduct music for the same event. Shortly after that, Mr. Conti invited Julie out to Hollywood to work on the mini-series "North and South."
Julie went on to compose & orchestrate music for many Television and Films and received her first of three Emmy nominations in 1989-1990. In 1991-1992, Julie won an Emmy Award for
"Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction" for the 64th Annual Academy Awards, ABC."
When she won her first Emmy Award, she was the first woman and the youngest person ever to win the award in that category. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), her credits include White Men Can't Jump, Masters of the Universe, North & South & North & South II, Broadcast News, Blaze, Dynasty and multiple Academy & Emmy Awards shows. During her career Julie has had the honor of scoring for Celene Dion, Paula Abdul, Jerry Orbach, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Bryan Adams, Peabo Bryson, Angela Lansbury, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Reba McIntyre, Little Richard, Billy Crystal, Michael Jackson and many, many others.
Ms. Giroux is an extremely well rounded composer with works for Symphony Orchestras (including chorus), Chamber music, Wind Ensembles, Soloists, Brass and Woodwind Quintets and many other serious and commercial formats. Her first published work "Mystery on Mena Mountain" with Southern Music Company was composed while still in college. Since that time, she has composed and published numerous works for professional wind ensembles, military bands, colleges, public schools and professional orchestras.
In 1998, Ms. Giroux decided to go back to her roots full time, composing primarily for Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and other various "serious" forms of music.
A recording of Julie Girouxs music has been overdue but this solid collection by UTEP Wind Symphony was worth the wait. Girouxs works have been receiving plenty of attention in the programs of bands and wind ensembles everywhere. While Girouxs earlier works are in the catalog of Southern Music Company, this recorded collection of more recent works are in the catalog of Musica Propria, Inc. The compositions featured are Vigils Keep, La Mezquita de Cordoba, Journey Through Orion, Glenbury Grove, the appropriately named Let Your Spirit Sing and a most descriptive work entitled KHAN. Also included are a pair of Girouxs most popular compositions To Walk With Wings: Fanfare & Overture and the Finale from the three movement suite Culloden. The listener will find Girouxs style very appreciable, imaginative and free from the clutter, clichés, and tedium of so many other composers in their writings for school, community and professional bands. Ron Hufstader and the UTEP Wind Symphony have outdone themselves with this ideal recording of Girouxs music. I eagerly await Volume 2!!
--Ira Novoselsky - Band World 2010
A Time to Dance
All Good Things
Arcus IX (for solo f tuba and band)
Cordoba (for solo piano and band)
Crown of Thorns
Fantasie in French
Fort McHenry Suite
Hands of Mercy
Husaria Cavalry Overture
I'll Be Home A'fore Ye
Journey Through Orion
La Mezquita de Cordoba
Let Your Spirit Sing
Louisiana Parish Sketches
Mambo Perro Loco
March of the Sun Dried Tomatoes
Medalist Fanfare & Celebration
Movin' On Down the Line
Mystery on Mena Mountain
Nothing That Is
To Walk With Wings
West Wind Overture
What Goes in the Night
When Country Comes to Town
Symphonies for Concert Band and Wind Ensembles
Culloden (3 Movements)
I. Heilan Lochs, Bairns & Heather
II. I Hae Grat for Tho' I Kend
III. We Toomed Our Stoops for the Gaudy Sodgers
No Finer Calling (3 Movements)
I. Integrity March
II. Far From Home
III. Honor Above All
A Symphony of Fables (5 Movements)
I. The Lion and the Mouse
II. The Pied Piper of Hamelin
III. The Tortoise and the Hare
IV. The Ugly Duckling
V. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Ms. Giroux's love for Christmas & Holiday music is evident by her many arrangements and re-imaginings of dozens of holiday songs and carols. She prefers to think of them not as holiday or christmas music but as our modern folk/traditional music. Her approach to them ranges from the humorous and outlandish to the serious and difficult. Some are quite poignant and heart breaking to listen to. Many of her arrangments take the original carol or melody and transcends them into much more than just a holiday tune becoming true works of art in their own right. Her latest album featuring the University of North Texas Symphonic band with Dennis Fisher conducting released in October of 2012 is a spectacular example of this. Some of these charts feature not only amazing arrangements but also some of the most difficult scoring for wind band you will ever hear. Nutcracker Fantasia is a much needed addition to the Concert Band Repretoire in that it contains many of the melodies not just from the Suite, but from the entire ballet as well.