Julie Shiely performs regularly in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. She is a troupe member of the Murder Mystery Company, has worked with Explore Theater of Chicago acting in student written plays, and performed the role of Bobo in First Stage Children’s Theater of Milwaukee’s productions of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin in 2015 and 2017.
She made her professional debut at age 17 as a member of the dance ensemble in Skylight Music Theater’s production of White Christmas in 2007 and more recently performed in the ensemble and the cover of Eliza in their 2015 production of My Fair Lady. Julie made her professional operatic debut as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor and was the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the 2014 Southern Illinois Music Festival.
Julie attended Luther College, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Music/vocal performance in 2012. Roles performed as an undergraduate include Mae Jones in Street Scene and Despina in Cosi fan tutte.
She went on to attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where she completed a Master’s in Music and Opera Theater degree in 2014. Roles performed as a graduate student include Mother in Ragtime, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. Julie won the SIUC 2013-14 Concerto Competition and sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the University Orchestra under the baton of Edward Benyas
Also being an accomplished dancer, she won three Fred Astaire ballroom pro-am regional championships in both latin and smooth. Her dance background includes 12 years of ballet, tap, and jazz instruction and 5 years of ballroom lessons.
Julie is highly proficient in German, having attended the German School at Middlebury College in Vermont in the summer of 2012. Other pre-professional training programs she attended include the Up North Voice Institute, University of Miami’s Salzburg program, and Wichita State’s Canta in Italia.
Julie loves teaching and is the voice faculty member for Musica Oramus Conservatory of the Arts. She also gives private voice lessons every other week in her hometown of Brookfield, WI. She continues her own vocal studies and is a student of Rebecca Schorsch and Connie Haas.
Julie resides in Chicago with her husband Daniel.