Julia Johanan was born in Minneola, New York and raised in Miamisburg, Ohio. Twenty nine years ago she began taking piano lessons at the young age of five. Her piano teacher noticed she had a natural musical talent and encouraged her parents to continue giving her lessons. Julia continued taking lessons for the next twelve years, participating in bi-annual recitals, talent shows, and accompanying school and church choirs. Noticing a natural ability to create melodies, Julia’s piano teacher encouraged and showed her how to write music. From there her desire for self-expression took off. She delved deeply into writing, entering song writing competitions and studying song-writing literature to hone her craft. During high school she found that while a great instrument to play, the piano was a bit hard to carry around and started teaching her-self guitar.
After graduating high school with an emphasis in music and art, Julia was accepted at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music for Composition in 1996. A fact that she is proud of, Julia was one of the two students accepted to the Composition department that year. Deciding to take a different path for her musical career she went on to earn her degree in Electronic Media specializing in Audio Engineering. This way she could pursue her own creative endeavors while learning the technical side of the music industry. Julia graduated from CCM in 2001.
After graduation Julia played in a number of bands. In 2003 Julia, with her friend Annie, started iolite, an original award winning Cincinnati band. Julia is thankful for the talents granted to her and acknowledges her teachers that have helped her along her journey. Like her first piano teacher, Julia hopes to encourage the creative process of writing music with her students. The power of self-expression and it’s ability to inspire confidence and a passion for learning is invaluable. She is looking forward to spending her life playing music, sharing the love of music and the piano with her students and her community.