Julia Mosier, a senior at Warwick Valley High School, was recently named to the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus and will have the opportunity to perform virtually with the best music students throughout the Northeast.
Julia is one of just 270 students from Maine to Washington, D.C., named to the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus. All-Eastern Ensembles will meet for a program of rehearsals, master classes and sectionals in March and will be submitting video recordings for a virtual collaborative performance to be premiered in April.
“Julia is an exceptional musician, I have had her since eighth-grade (when Julia was in the middle school drama program),” said music teacher Noreen Hanson. “She is dedicated. She is probably one of the most talented kids I have ever had.”
Music isn’t her only gig. Last year, Julia and her four by 400 relay teammates won the state indoor track championships and they were named All-Americans with the fifth-best time in the nation.
She’s run outdoor track as well and plays volleyball. She also is the Class of 2021 treasurer. And, academically, she’s near the top of her class.
“She’s smart, funny, she works with her peers, she helps out anybody you ask,” Hanson said. “She is always there. No matter what you ask her to do, she does it. She’s a track star and among the top students of her class.”
’Just for fun’
Julia started singing in elementary school. “Just for fun. I always did the chorus or choirs growing up. That was super fun,” she said. “I guess I just got more into it. I started doing NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) and drama club for a while.”
She was in drama club from third through eighth grade.
Julia has been in Meistersingers since her sophomore year. She performed NYSSMA solos since middle school. She’s performed at the All-State, Area All-State and All-County levels. Only the best performers at the All-State level are selected for All-Eastern.
She also sings solos and in choir and plays the piano at her church, Warwick United Methodist Church.
‘To improve business and social interactions’
Julia is looking to continue music in college, possibly as a minor, and perform for the rest of her life, but she isn’t looking at it professionally. She said she is not yet set on a career but is interested in combining neuroscience and business in her college studies.
“I want to harness what we know about the brain to improve business and social interactions,” she said. “It’s kind of a strange career path but I think it’ll be really cool.”
Part of a “musical family,” she said her grandmother played a large role in introducing her to music. “I have memories of dancing and cooking in her kitchen and singing all these different songs. She really introduced me to a lot of classic musicians.”
She met Hanson in the eighth-grade production of “Seussical,” when she played Mayzie La Bird, the female lead. She has also been in Jubilate Choir, which had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall during her freshman year.
‘A big part of it was everyone around me’
How does she do it all?
“I really do love everything that I am doing so it’s not like I am being forced to go to all these things,” she said. “I want to go to them. It keeps me busy. I like having a busy schedule. I am not only more productive, I just enjoy it more.”
She is very thankful to have opportunity to participate in the All-Eastern Chorus and she attributes her success to the support she receives.
“It was such an honor to get in,” Julia said. “I am really proud, but I really think a big part of it was everyone around me. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Ms. Hanson, my parents, my family, all the teachers who have helped me, my piano teacher, and my voice teacher, who I went to, to help me with my NYSSMA solos.”