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The staff at ROOTS is pleased to welcome its newest mentor, Julia Fisher. She first heard about ROOTS from mentor Joe Tounge. Once she heard all the good things he had to say about ROOTS, she had to check it out. We’re glad she did. Welcome to the team, Julia.

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Julia Fisher (violin) grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and has been playing violin for nearly 20 years. After attending Belmont University for her undergraduate degree, she decided Nashville was the place to be!

Her sister and her family were living here, and it’s where she met her soon-to-be husband. They’ve found a really solid church family at Mosaic Nashville, where she plays violin and and sings background vocals.

She earned her Bachelor of Music in Classical Violin Performance (2013) from Belmont University and was awarded a Fellowship Award at Ohio State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance (2016).

In addition to being a graduate teaching associate, she has performed at concerts, operas, plays, weddings and special performance opportunities like opening for Amy Grant at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN with The Anna Johnson Band.

Julia loves the creative art of collaboration by “joining different kinds of music, collaborating with other types of art (movies, visual art, dance, etc.), performing in chamber ensembles with interesting instrumentation and/or new sounds, and recording to make new music.”

Teaching is the ultimate collaboration project, as it provides adventure, a creative outlet, purpose, and a unique identity for everyone involved. Teaching students and helping them along in this journey is extremely fulfilling!”

Her goal as a teacher is to inspire students to enjoy the process of learning – including practicing! – so their love of music and the violin increases each day. “I value the importance of reading music, and forming a solid foundation of violin technique so that the student is ultimately able to play whatever kind of music interests him/her.”

In addition to teaching, she currently performs for weddings, musicals, chamber performance opportunities like the Nashville Composers Collective, and others. During the work week, she is a barista at Starbucks. Her favorite place to hang is at home, where relaxes and spends time with her husband and younger sister.

Q&A with Julia

What is your favorite downtime activity to reduce stress?

I really enjoy writing in my journal, and doing small crafts like crocheting.

Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?

Napa Valley, California. It’s beautiful weather all of the time! And the scenery is breathtaking.

What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?

When I was young, I had three particular CDs that I listened to consistently: Rosemary Clooney, The Beach Boys, and Relient K. I still have and love each of those albums! But now I’ve added lots more! — oldies, bluegrass, Christian, folk, and a wide range of albums created by my friends and family.

What is your favorite all time movie and why?

White Christmas – I love Christmas! It has some of my favorite musicians in it (Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney). The story is wholesome and heart-warming. And the music is wonderful. Every song is creative and memorable!

If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what wold you ask them?

Alison Krauss – How did you learn to play the fiddle with such beautiful tone and ease? It’s stunning!

What is your favorite quote?

“When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” –Erma Bombeck

What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you?

John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” I tend to get anxious easily, and this verse reminds me that whatever I go through, that Jesus is ultimately in control. My salvation has nothing to do with those daily details that stress me out. No mistake or catastrophe can take away my inheritance as a child of God! He has truly overcome the world.

 

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