Julia Mermelstein

Workshop Session in Ottawa

I've been spending the last couple days in Ottawa workshopping a new collaborative dance piece with choreographer/dancer Sarah Hopkin for interactive electronics, three dancers, and projections to be performed in Ottawa with the Movement Gallery in November, 2018. It's been an intense and inspiring couple of days solidifying our ideas and adjusting and tweaking the tech.

Din of Shadows II Concert

THIS SATURDAY is the premiere of my multi-disciplinary piece, drifting, vividly for mixed quartet, electronics, and dancers with Din of Shadows! Performed by the amazing Olivia Shortt, Emilie Gelinas-Noble, Jonny Smith, Markéta Ornova and choreographer/dancer Angela Blumberg and Ming-Bo Lam. Can’t wait to share this piece alongside a theatrical new work by Quinn Jacobs.

Din of Shadows II Rehearsal Footage

Here's some rehearsal footage for my new piece drifting, vividly to be premiered on May 5th!

(Rehearsal of Angela Blumberg and Ming-Bo Lam)

Choreography session with musicians: Emilie Gelinas-Noble, Olivia Shortt, and Jonny Smith.

Musicworks'2017 Electronic Music Competition

I'm really happy to hear that my piece wonted II-III has placed third in Musicworks' 2017 International Electronic Music Competition! So thankful for being selected amongst these amazing artists.

Catch the acousmatic performance of the whole work at the Spark to Stone Concert co-presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the Association of Canadian Women Composers in Toronto on March 24 at 7:30pm at Array Space. Other featured composers include new works by Amy Brandon, Sarah Belle Reid, Ivana Jokic, Bekah Simms, and Toronto premieres of pieces by Hope Lee and Lesley Hinger. It's going to be an amazing concert that's not to be missed!!

Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018 Young Composers Competition

I'm really excited to announce that my new orchestral work, in turn, has won 2nd place in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018 Young Composers Competition. Many thanks to the orchestra for this wonderful opportunity and to the judges: Gary Kulesha, Sabatino Vacca, and Dr. Mark Whale.

New Year, New Projects


It's been a busy start to the new year so far! I recently finished a piece, through shade light moves, written for the Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic a part of their Composer Project through the Canadian Music Centre. The piece will be workshopped on January 25th, 2018 at the SPO Reading Session.

I'm also thrilled to be working on two new works: a piece for flute, piano, and electronics for Amanda Lowry and Jason White to be premiered in April in Waterloo and an interdisciplinary work involving four musicians and two dancers for Din of Shadow's second show this season in May in Toronto

Premiere at Singles Vol.3 with Caution Tape Sound Collective


I’m so excited for Caution Tape Sound Collective‘s Singles Vol. 3 concert this Saturday featuring amazing performers Evan Bowen and Jonathan MacArthur! My piece “Woven, Still” for multi-percussion and electronics will be premiered with 5 wonderful new works by Bekah Ann Simms, August Murphy-King, Janet Sit, Patrick Arteaga, and Tyler Versluis. A show not to be missed!

A big thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for awarding a commissioning grant for this composition.


Featured on Puslar CISM 89.3 FM

Thrilled to have my music featured on this week’s show on Pulsar CISM presented by Alexandre David with works by composers Meng Wang and Lasse Thoresen.

Here’s the archived link in case you missed it: http://cism893.ca/emissions/pulsar 

New Electronic Work

We had our last EQ session last week and what an inspiring 5 months it’s been! I’ve met such a great group of artists and learned so much about how to approach electronics in my compositional practice from Rose Bolton and the other participants. I hope this program continues on to keep building a foundation for women in electronics.

Throughout the workshop, I’ve been composing a series of electronic pieces that are finally finished! This has been new territory for me, composing solely in this medium and it’s been an eye- opening process from start to finish. Check out my new piece wonted below: