At the age of five, Julia Scott Carey developed her own notation system to record her compositions. She has been composing music ever since. Julia began her formal musical training in piano and theory at the age of six with Barbara Roth-Donaldson. For eight years, Julia attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a composition student of Rodney Lister. At her graduation from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Julia received the Lanier Prize, becoming the first composition student elected most outstanding graduating senior by faculty vote. Julia attended Harvard College and was one of the first students accepted into the New England Conservatory—Harvard University combined degree program (AB Harvard 2008 / MM NEC 2009).
Julia’s chamber music compositions have been performed by the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Portland Chamber Festival, the Contemporary Music Festivals of the New England Conservatory, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her orchestral works have been performed by nineteen orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra under Keith Lockhart, the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, the Boston Civic Symphony under Max Hobart, the Wellesley Symphony, The New Hampshire Philharmonic Symphony, the North Shore Symphony, the Salem Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, the Gainesville Chamber Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony of Florida, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Youth Repertory Orchestra and the Preparatory String Orchestra of the New England Conservatory.
Julia has received a number of awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), beginning with a citation for a three-movement string quartet written at age nine. She has received seven consecutive Morton Gould Young Composers Awards and ASCAPlus Awards for the past four years.
Ms. Carey was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1986, and grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her parents and her younger sister, Elizabeth.