Milwaukee Area Technical College - Music Occupations & Audio Production Programs
Julie Brandenburg

Julie Brandenburg has been teaching, composing, recording, and performing music in the Midwest for a number of years. She earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she focused on music education and vocal studies. She earned her M.A. from UWM in Music Theory and Composition with an emphasis on electronic composition and sound design. Her graduate thesis incorporated the procedure of turning data graphs into audio events which were then sculpted into music.

As a composer, she has written for various musical genres, such as rock bands and string quartets and many of her pieces have been performed throughout the Midwest. Her music has served as scores for several films and a play. A feature-length film she scored, “The Monkey”, was shown at an independent film festival in New York in 1993. Among her awards for composition are: Alpha Sigma Iota Composer’s Competition Winner, Madison, First Place MacDowell Club composition contest winner, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board.

Ms. Brandenburg’s experience as an educator is extensive. She has been an instructor at MATC since 2003. She has given private piano, voice and composition lessons in her studio and taught group lessons in the Milwaukee Public Schools. With Present Music, Milwaukee’s premier new music performance group, she serves as supervising composer in the Creation Project for young artists. She published an article about this program in the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Journal in 2000. She is also an adjunct professor at Lakeland College. Besides music she loves painting, camping, knitting, crocheting, and mountain biking.