Julie has been a featured teacher and performer in Europe and South America. One of her most special experiences was working with underprivileged students in Medellín, Colombia. As a student, Julie performed with many prestigious ensembles. These include the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, the Music Academy of the West and she held the Piccolo Fellowship with the Aspen Music Festival for three summers. In High School, Julie was a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine General Motors National Concerto Competition and the National Flute Association High School Solo Competition.
Julie holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Master's Degree from the Eastman School of Music. She also completed her coursework towards a Doctoral Degree at Rice University. Her primary teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Carol Wincenc, and Anne Diener-Giles. Julie is married to Michael Thornton, Principal Horn of the Colorado Symphony. They are the proud parents of their two daughters.