Harpist JULIA SEAGER-SCOTT is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Master of Music studying with Judy Loman. Currently, Julia is principal harpist of the Stratford Festival Orchestra (performing most recently in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music) and teaches at a private studio in Toronto. She is also a freelance harpist doing solo, orchestral, choral, chamber, radio and television work. Julia has recently performed with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, as well as at weddings and other private functions.
Julia has studied Baroque music on her Italian triple harp with Maxine Eilander and is a founding member of the Toronto Continuo Collective. A highlight in Julia’s Baroque harp career was accompanying Dame Emma Kirkby with the Tafelmusik Orchestra. She has also performed with the Toronto Consort, Opera Atelier and the Catacoustic Consort of Cincinnati. Upcoming appearances include performances of Händel’s Harp Concerto with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, a recital for Kitchener’s Registry Theatre, and numerous concerts with other choirs and ensembles.
With the recent addition of a Clarsach, or traditional Gaelic wire-strung harp, to Julia’s harp family, she has embarked upon an exploration of the music of this amazing instrument and its culture ranging from O’Carolan in the 17th century to music composed in 2016. Julia hopes to explore music even further back in time as well.
At the other end of the musical spectrum, Julia has played harp on Canadian Idol and performs with Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene in his Happiness Project, a 2010 JUNO Award winner. Happiness Project opened for Feist in Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas on her Metals tour.