Professor, music theory and jazz composition

Patricia Julien is a Professor of Music at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses in music theory, creating music for video, and jazz composition and arranging. Before arriving at UVM, Ms. Julien taught at Skidmore College, George Washington University, and University of Maryland, College Park. She has presented her research at the national conference of the Society for Music Theory, at regional New York State and New England SMT meetings, and, by invitation, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and various U.S. universities.

Memorable performances: Ms. Julien has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Concert tours with Persian singer Dariush included the eastern United States, Canada, and Europe. While living in New York City, she performed frequently at Birdland, The Knitting Factory, The New Music Café, CBGB’s, and The 55 Bar, and has worked with such artists as Ari Hoenig, Ron Elliston, Atilla Engin, and Kenny Wessel.

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Ms. Julien has published articles and reviews in Jazz Perspectives, Theory and Practice, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Jazz Education Journal, and Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. As a flutist, recordings include a CD as leader of the fusion band Fragile Zoe (Frame Problem, 2010) and three CDs as leader of the jazz quartet the Patricia Julien Project (Glee, 2006, Still Light at Night, 2012, and Swimming in the Sun, 2015). She has composed the music for more than fifteen theatrical productions, including The Taming of the Shrew, Marat/Sade, The Witches, The Arabian Nights, Peter Pan, The Clean House, Eurydice, Ostentatious Poverty, and India Song. She also wrote the music for the 2015 musical O, Caligula! A Mvsical. Patricia has composed the music for three short films, including the animated short & Gretel Hansel KinRumpelStilts premiered at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in 2022, and various commercials and webcast themes and underscore. Several of her works are published with Imagine Music Publishing.

Awards and Recognition

College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Lecture Award, Outstanding Scholar & Teacher, 2018
Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant, 2015
Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, Assistant Professor, 2006
Faculty Research Support Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2009
Lattie F. Coor Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2020
Dean’s Fund Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, 2004, 2008, and 2017

Associations and Affiliations

Ms. Julien is a member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Society for Music Theory, ASCAP, and Society of Composers, Inc.

Patricia posing with her instrument. Photo by Dok Wright

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Music theory, jazz composition and arranging


  • Ph.D. (Music Theory), University of Maryland
  • M.M. (Jazz and Commercial Studies), Manhattan School of Music
  • B.Mus. (Flute), Ithaca College


  • (802) 656-7760
Office Location:

Southwick Hall, 304

Courses Taught

MU 103 – Jazz Harmony

MU 109 – Harmony and Form I

MU 110 – Harmony and Form II

MU 160 – Creating Music for Video

MU 209 – Harmony and Form III

MU 210 – Harmony and Form IV

MU 257 – Jazz Composition and Arranging