Mezzo-soprano Julie DeBoer joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 2015 after singing professionally in Chicago for several years. She has performed both as an ensemble singer and as a soloist with many acclaimed choirs in the Midwest, including Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Bella Voce, Transept Consort, and South Dakota Chorale. Recent operatic roles include Third Lady in The Magic Flute at Aspen Music Festival, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at Bay View Music Festival, Prince Orlosky in Die Fledermaus and Nancy in Albert Herring, both at Northwestern University.
Described by the New York Times as a “talented and entrepreneurial pianist” and an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide). He is active as a soloist, having performed all across the United States and abroad, and has released several CDs. His newest release, Shift (Panoramic Recordings, 2019), features world premiere recordings of works by eight living women composers.