July Newsletter


Happy Fourth of July!


In honor of Independence Day, the Academy will be closed from Friday July 4th to Thursday July 10th.

Classes and lessons will resume Friday July 11th. Have a safe and happy holiday!

July 21st – National Award Presentation, 11 am

Vivaldi Music Academy will receive its official award on Monday, July 21st at 11 am as the “2014 National Music School of the Year” among a field of over 100 private music school competitors. President of Music Academy Success Marty Fort, from South Carolina, will be presenting the award and spending the day with us at the Academy. All students and faculty are invited to attend the award ceremony with refreshments to follow.


Sunday, July 27th, 2 pm


Vivaldi Music Academy will be performing at the Houston Family Magazine’s Family Fun Fest at Discovery Green. If you are interested in participating in a band or ensemble, or performing an individual piece, please let the front desk know ASAP! Stage time begins at 2 pm. This is a free event for families from 12-4 pm so come out and join us!


Teacher of the Month: Julia Engel

Julia Engel is a soprano from Minneapolis, Minnesota and received her Bachelor of Music in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota Ms. Engel studied voice with soprano Jean del Santo, and had the opportunity to perform as a dancer in Seven Deadly Sins, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Karolka in Jenůfa (in English), and Königen der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Engel received her Master of Music degree in May of 2012 at the University of Houston, where she performed Louise in La Vie Parisienne (in English), her second Königin der Nacht (in English), Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor (in English), Nannetta in Falstaff, and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.

During the fall of 2012 Ms. Engel was a part of HGOco Opera to Go! and traveled all over TX singing in their production of Hansel and Gretel as the Mother, Dew Fairy, and Witch. 2013 roles include Zerlina, Musetta* (The CoOperative Program), Olympia (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh), Nannetta, and Norina (Opera in the Heights). In 2014 Ms. Engel will sing with the Virtuosi Orchestra of Houston for their Thirteenth Annual Legends of the Future Gala Concert and Dinner, a concert of arias with the Minnesota Philharmonic, the role of Ismene in W.A. Mozart’s Mitridate re di Ponto for Metamorphosis Opera Theater, and cover Zerbinetta in Kingwood Summer Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

Ms. Engel has placed in a number of competitions over the years, most recently receiving 2nd place in the 2014 Young Texas Artists Competition in Conroe, Texas. Ms. Engel is currently studying with soprano Cynthia Clayton.