College Of Humanities and Fine Arts

Julie MillerVillalobos

Studio - Voice, Choir, Musical Theatre

Hailed for the “arresting color” (Cincinnati Enquirer) of her voice, Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S.A.  As a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago she appeared on the stage of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Emilia in Otello, Annina (La Traviata), Ida (Die Fledermaus) and Krystina (The Passenger). Other notable assignments with the company include Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker's Yardbird plus understudies of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Waltraute in Die Walküre. She recently performed the title role in Handel’s Ariodante which Chicago Classical Review described as an “admirable and professional performance" and the Chicago Tribune called "deeply musical."

Elsewhere, she has appeared with Madison Opera and in London with Hackney Empire as Baroness Nica, Vero Beach Opera as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Sugar Creek Opera as Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Opera Idaho as Charlotte in Werther and Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto.  Other notable roles she has performed include Jo (Little Women), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors). 

She has appeared on the concert stage as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata No. 6, Handel's  Messiah, Durufle’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem. Orchestras with whom she has appeared include the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Mozart Players. She was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of Ryan Carter's Doot, the Ravinia Festival in Bernstein's Songfest, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and Apollo Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. A regular guest of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared with them as Mezzo-Soprano Soloist in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8

Ms. Miller is the recipient of the the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship and the Rose McGilvray Grundman Award (American Opera Society of Chicago), the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation) the Edith Newfield Scholarship Award (Musicians Club of Women).  She earned Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Sacramento and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.  She also participated in the Georg Solti Accademia Bel Canto in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany.

Portrait of Julie MillerVillalobos
Course Instruction
  • MUSC 110F Voice: Studio Instruction
  • MUSC 310F Voice: Studio Instruction