Julie McKnight

Julie McKnight hales from Huntington Beach California, where she began singing at the age of 4 with her mom, dad and sisters on family road trips.  She fell in love with guitar and folk music in the 2nd grade when her teacher brought a guitar to class and sang with the students.  She grew up singing folk, soul and pop music from the 60’s and 70’s, but was also given an informal education in classical music by her father who had an operatic Baritone voice and a love a many composers.  In secondary school, she was placed in the advanced ensembles and frequently cast as a soloist.  As a college student her vocal skills and musicianship grew as she performed with multiple college ensembles including Chapman University, University of Tennessee and San Francisco State University where she often a soloist.  While at SFSU, Julie became an opera singer (performing in many operas in the Bay Area), as well as a soloist for St Ignatius Catholic Church of San Francisco.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology, and post graduate work in Education.  She is a current member of the Pacific Chorale and has been teaching voice for several years in Southern California where she coaches the soloists of the award winning Show Choirs form Los Alamitos High School.  Several of Julie’s students have graduated and received scholarship to attend college.  Julie recently returned to Phoenix, AZ and is teaching voice, ukulele, and beginning guitar.  She calls her teaching method “side by side”.  Through this method, she engages with the students “on their level” working on ear training, harmonizing, musicianship, balance, dynamics, artistry, and confidence.  She also coaches students on acting, performing and audition skills.  Julie encourages each student to find and develop themselves as an artist and in life.