Julia Karstens


Music Librarian

2023 - Present
Norfolk, VA

Principal Librarian

2023 - Present
Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Festival Orchestra Librarian

2022 - 2022
• Prepared music for all Aspen Festival Orchestra concerts and two repertoire reading sessions with the Aspen Conducting Academy. • Staffed Benedict Music Tent Library and assigned work for library student workers. • Collaborated between two campuses with a team of six librarians and over ten student workers. • Provided library support for the annual Fourth of July Special and Melissa White Recital. • Advised incoming Aspen Conducting Academy Librarians • Prepared Festival’s closing concert; including coordinating all six librarians for concert duty and preparing vocal score for visiting choirs.

Aspen Conducting Academy Librarian

2021 - 2021
• Supported Conducting Fellows and Music Director, Robert Spano, for concerts, repertoire readings, score study sessions, and self-published student compositions. • Actively cooperated with four members of ACA team (additional librarian, two orchestra managers, and stage manager). • Prepared opera scene masterclasses with coaches: Robert Spano and Patrick Summers. • Collaborated with a team of 5 librarians between two campuses. • Provided library support for the annual Fourth of July Special (concert band).
Miami Beach, FL

Library Fellow

2021 - 2023
• Research, acquire, prepare, and distribute music for over 42 concerts in a 35-week season, including a 2-week festival with 6 unique concerts. • Prepare a variety of programming including educational, kids/family, conducting workshops, repertoire readings, side-by-side concerts, annual gala, chamber and, new music. • Create audition excerpt books (collecting excerpts, notating selections, etc.). • Produce a concert (including live webcast and WALLCAST®) with two other Fellows as a part of the NWS BLUE Project. This included working with staff and community partners on fundraising, negotiating licenses, and obtaining city event permits. • Participate in community engagement concerts and programs (such as: annual Side-by-Side concert, Concert for Kids, educational concerts, and Mobile WALLCAST® events).
Brevard, NC

Assistant Librarian

2019 - 2019
Cooperstown, NY

Library Intern

2018 - 2018
• Assisted conductors, assistant conductors, orchestra members, young artists, and festival staff with library needs. • Revised parts through rehearsals, including: marking cuts, transferring bowings, correcting errata, adding conductors’ notes, and retouche. • Acted as main librarian for the performance of Soldier’s Tale at the opera’s Pavilion venue. • Cataloged donations to the library and performed general maintenance on the library's collection.
El Segundo, CA

Spring Intern

2017 - 2017
San Diego, California

Library Intern & Library assistant

2013 - 2016

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