Julie Huang's interest in organ building and restoration arises from a myriad of sources: a deep respect for Albert Schweitzer, admiration of such organ builders as Cavaillé-Coll, Müller, Ladergast, Casparini and Fisk, exposure to carpentry at a young age under her father's guidance, her love of the instrument itself and a keen curiosity regarding its mechanics.
The story of how Julie came to work at the AOI Pipe Shop is an appropriately long-winded one, with interesting twists, turns (and stops) along the way. Her music education began with piano and violin lessons at the age of five in Potomac, Maryland. Despite winning county and state piano competitions through high school under the tutelage of Mrs. Hyun Park, Julie decided to pursue her passion for athletics, in which she was also equally successful. She was captain of the varsity track and field hockey teams and competed in both sports at the state and national levels.
Recruited to play NCAA D1 field hockey at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Julie made her way into the starting line-up by her sophomore year but a serious head injury the following year rendered her sidelined from the game. However, the unfortunate accident also provided an auspicious opportunity to rediscover music in her life through a new instrument, the organ, which she began studying at the end of her junior year with Dr. Timothy Olsen and Dr. David Yearsley.
During college, Julie spent time abroad on various occasions: from a hockey tournament in the U.K., to a choir tour to Italy; a missions trip to Guatemala to a summer semester in Austria; a monastic retreat in France, to the world fair in Japan. She continued this tradition after graduation by moving to Cape Town, South Africa where she lived for almost two years, during which she held the posts of music coordinator at the Amy Biehl Foundation, conductor of the Pollsmoor Prison Choir, organist at St. Stephen's Anglican Church and music teacher at St. Cyprian's School.
Julie blew into Oklahoma in 2007 upon receiving a scholarship for a master's degree in organ performance at Oklahoma City University. Once again a pupil of Dr. Olsen, in 2008 she won the Troxel Organ Competition in Tulsa, OK and participated in the International Organ Festival in the Netherlands. The same year, she also qualified as an All American by placing 5th at the WCWA National Wrestling Tournament.
Julie was a member of the OCU Jazz Orchestra and Chapel Choir, served as the music intern at All Souls’ Episcopal Church and the organist at St. Paul's School of Theology, is a student at Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys ballroom dancing at Dance Magic Studio.