Julie Ann Dieltz is a Piano, Voice, and Song Writing Teacher at Gray School of Music
Julie Ann Dieltz, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been called “an operatic rarity” and “a powerhouse.”
Her musical career began at the age of 5 when she sang in her church with her mother accompanying. She also began playing piano at the age of 8, as well as playing percussion throughout middle and high school.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s of Music from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Julie Ann was the recipient of the Meadows Artistic Scholarship and was a finalist in the annual Aria/Concerto Competition.
With the Orchestra of New Spain, Julie Ann performed as Cofieta in Ifigenia en Tracia, Jose de Nebra’s zarzuela in Dallas and Albuquerque.
By invitation of the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, she was the guest artist for the first concert of the season. Julie Ann sang arias with the orchestra and with singers from Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, TX) in “All In! Opera.”
In November 2014, Julie Ann won an encouragement award at the Minnesota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Singing with the new music group in Dallas, Voices of Change, in February 2014 Julie Ann was acclaimed as “…the substantive soprano, with a thrilling gleam on top” (Dallas Morning News).
In addition, in September 2013, she sang the role of Rebecca in the World Premier of A New Nation, the story of Jacob and Esau, in Abilene and Fort Worth, TX.
She performed with Meadows Opera Theater (SMU) as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Lady Billows in Britton’s Albert Herring as a result she was commended for having “…all the regal bearing and powerful voice that this difficult role requires” (Theater Jones).
In 2011-2012, Julie Ann was also a performer in Dr. Miracle as part of The Dallas Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, TDO2Go. In addition other roles include Magda Sorel (The Consul), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge).
In 2010 she was a finalist in the South Dakota division of NATS.
Julie Ann has taught at the Gray School of Music since 2011, teaching both private voice and piano. Furthermore in January 2014, she began teaching at Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District as an Adjunct Professor of Voice. During the Fall of 2014, Julie Ann signed on as the accompanist for the Cedar Valley Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Kathryn D. Brown.
Outside of music, Julie Ann enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and the Minnesota Twins!