Master of Music
- Master of Music
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist 2007/2008
- Hillary Medal Award recipient 2007
- Wallace Corporation Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year 2008
- New Zealand Aria Competition in 2008
For most of 2014, soprano Julia Booth became Christine – the star of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera, performing with the Hamilton Operatic Society.
Julia has a Masters of Music in performance from the University of Waikato, so playing the role of Christine was an enjoyable challenge. "Musical theatre demands a different set of skills – for me, I feel there is more scope and freedom," she says.
Performance is Julia's passion. She is a Pricewaterhouse Coopers Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist 2007/2008, a 2007 Hillary Medal Award recipient and Wallace Corporation Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year. She also won the New Zealand Aria Competition in 2008.
Julia thoroughly enjoyed her time at Waikato, and points to the close-knit, collaborative and friendly community of the music department as one of its biggest draws.
"People are genuinely looking out for your musical interests. It's a small department, everyone knows each other and you get a lot of opportunities to perform. There is a huge focus on performance."
Julia is currently furthering her training to be a Certified Master Teacher in Estill voice training, a specialist qualification that helps refine voices and improve vocal function.
But singing and performing remain her first love. "I love teaching, but I will always perform and always sing."