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Julia Pal – speech arts and drama teacher, jazz vocalist

Julia is an experienced Speech Arts & Drama teacher, and a respected adjudicator and examiner. She is also an accomplished vocalist known for her rich mellow sound and elegant stylings of jazz favourites. Her diverse training and experience influence her creative pursuits as well as her teaching practice.

Julia6010cropShe began her career as an independent theatre artist and workshop leader and continues to divide her time between teaching and performing. Inspired by her improvisational comedy training at Second City, she co-wrote and and performed in several original shows and musical revues in Toronto and at Fringe festivals. She became a key player in a soap opera spoof called The Wedge of Night; episodes were created and performed each week before a live audience.

Writing songs for the musical revues re-awakened her interest in singing jazz and in expanding her theory knowledge. She returned to school and since graduating from the Humber College Jazz program, continues to sing professionally with the Julia Pal Trio.

Julia recently released two CDs she’s been working on. She sings original songs on Frail Gesture, which were created using eight poems by E.E. Cummings set to music written by Julia, and arranged by Andrew Downing for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion. For her Imprint CD, Julia compiled a very personal selection of jazz and pop standards arranged for piano, bass and voice by Jordan O’Connor. Both CDs are available for purchase. (see Recordings )

In addition to her creative projects, Julia is a workshop leader for Learning Through the Arts (LTTA at the RCM), teaches speech arts & drama, adjudicates for speech arts festivals across Canada and is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners for Speech Arts & Drama. When she’s not teaching or performing Julia’s other interests include hiking, snowshoeing, and beach combing as well as photography, creative writing and experimenting with papier mâché and collage.