Julie Anne Barnett
Julie Anne Bermel (Barnett) is a native of Los Angeles and has performed on the stage in musicals, operas, Shakespeare, and straight plays over the past thirty plus years. She holds several degrees in the performing arts: an Associates of Theater Arts from Pierce College, ‘05, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) ‘08, and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory, ‘11. She was invited to join the musical honors society of Pi Kappa Lambda in 2011 for her achievements in directing and producing her own student-directed opera scenes at the Boston Conservatory in order to provide more performance opportunities for undergraduate students.
This is now Julie's eighth season performing with SFVMC. With her wide vocal range and versatility, Julie has performed soprano and mezzo roles, including: Princess Ida (Princess Ida), Frau Fluth (Die Lustige wiebe von Windsor), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Yum Yum and Pitty Sing (The Mikado), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Magda (La Rondine), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), Ellen (Miss Saigon), Sara Jane Moore (Assassins), Golde (Fiddler on the Roof), and Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man). In 2008, Julie created the role of First Marketing Director in the premiere of Paul Salemi’s opera “Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast” in collaboration with LA Opera and the National Opera Association. In addition, she’s performed several two-man shows of: Oklahoma, Jekyll and Hyde, Kiss Me Kate, and Brigadoon with Tophat Toy Theatre in Portland, Maine, where she sang all the female roles. Aside from performing on stage, one of Julie’s passions is to teach and inspire people of all ages to sing and become more involved in the arts.
In 2016, Julie and her husband, Steven Barnett, received an invitation from their friend, Charlie Kim, to sing in his debut performance as Artistic Director with the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale (SFVMC) in “Valley Echos.” In 2017, she performed with SFVMC again in Sergio Barer’s premiere of “Moses” at the Wilshire Temple. During the summer of 2018, Charlie Kim came to her again but this time he asked her to take on a more prominent role as SFVMC’s new executive director. Since then she has also taken on the responsibilities of: social media, graphic designer, web designer, programs, photographer, general director, videographer, film editor… just to name a few.
Overall, Julie would like to thank all the volunteers on the Advisory Committee who help keep things running smoothly on a day to day basis allowing SFVMC to progress and achieve our goals! Thank you to the board of directors for their on going support, and to all the friends and family who watch my precious boy, Aiden, allowing me to make my life and job(s) possible!