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Julia Brasher Thorn
Associate Professor of Music
Email: thorn@susqu.edu
Office Location: Ccma Rm 238C

Academic Credentials:
DMA, Univ of Alabama Tuscaloosa
MM, Loyola University New Orleans
BM, Loyola University New Orleans

Mezzo-soprano Julia Thorn is a multifaceted musician with choral conducting, voice, and music education as areas of specialization. During ten years of study at the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute in New York, she trained under the batons of many of the world’s finest conductors, including Robert Shaw, Brock McElheran and Eugene Ormandy.

As choral director and elementary music specialist in Dekalb County Schools, Decatur, Ga., her choirs consistently received superior festival ratings and she was selected to conduct two vocal ensembles in national recording projects for Silver Burdett and Macmillan Series textbooks. She was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus and the Atlanta Vocal Arts Ensemble. She holds B.M. and M.M. Degrees in Vocal Performance from Loyola University in New Orleans, and the D.M.A. Degree in Conducting from the University of Alabama. While pursuing the doctorate under the direction of Sandra Willetts, Thorn taught in the choral and music education departments at the University of Alabama and served as director of choral activities at the University of West Alabama.

Thorn was the Louisiana president-elect and repertoire and standards chair for youth and students of the American Choral Directors Association, a member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda and was nominated for Who’s Who of America and Who’s Who of American Teachers. In the summer of 2004, Thorn was selected as one of an elite group of musicians to conduct in joint ventures with Helmuth Rilling at the internationally acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival. Centenary College honored her as the Outstanding Teacher of the 2008-09 academic year. She comes to Susquehanna after 15 years as professor of music at Centenary College.

Thorn performs frequently as a guest conductor and is an active clinician and adjudicator. Choral ensembles under her direction have given critically acclaimed performances at national, divisional and state conferences of ACDA, NAME, NCCO, the Spivey Hall Educational Concert Series and are featured on recordings from Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Thorn, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Susquehanna University, made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on February 18, 2007.


  • MUED-339 Public School Music I
  • MUED-340 Public School Music 2
  • MUED-351 Secondary Choral/General Methods
  • MUSC-039 Voice Class
  • MUSC-077 Choral Training Ensemble
  • MUSC-082 University Choir
  • MUSC-086 University Chamber Singers
  • MUSC-369 Beginning Conducting
  • MUSC-372 Choral Conducting
  • MUSC-501 Independent Study
  • MUSC-506 Independent Study in Music-Capstone


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