Julie Nord (MA ’11)

Julie Anne Nord (née Heikel)’s thesis for her MA in Musicology and Performance (2011), Constructing Chivalry: Symbolic Representation of King Marke in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, undertook an examination of Wagner’s adaptation Gottfried’s Tristan to construct a character that represents the courtly chivalric society of the opera in opposition to the new order represented in Tristan’s passionate pursuit of love and, ultimately, of death. Since graduating from UVic, she has attended the University of Michigan (MA: Historical Musicology, 2013) and the University of Western Ontario in London where she recently received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship to support her continued study of orchestration and meaning in the works of Richard Wagner.

Julie has presented her research in Canada, the United States, and the UK at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the Royal Musical Association. An active educator in musicology, theory, and performance, Julie thrives on challenging her students to make connections between their academic and performance studies.