Julie Parcells is a fourth generation musician. Her great-grandfather was a violinist and conductor, her grandmother was a professional singer and both parents were violists and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her father was also in the United States Air Force’s “Strolling Strings” for twenty years prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony. Her brother, Ramon Parcells, is Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and her sister, Natalie Willett, is a flutist who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory.
Ms. Parcells graduated high school from the North Carolina School for the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at the University of Toronto. Her primary teachers were Vartan Manoogian and Lorand Fenyves. She has participated in master classes with such renowned performers and teachers as Sidney Harth, Franco Gulli and Joseph Gingold. Her additional studies were at the Meadowmount School of Music, Brevard Music Center, four summers at the Siena Summer Session performing orchestral and chamber music concerts as well as the Spoleto Festival in Italy. She also attended the String Quartet Academy at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Ms. Parcells joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1980. An active chamber musician, she was a soloist with the BSO along with BSO violinist Gregory Mulligan, performing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. Ms. Parcells especially enjoys playing Baroque repertoire and performs with Pro Musica Rara, Baltimore’s early music ensemble.
She is married to BSO Principal Bassist Robert Barney. When not performing with the BSO she enjoys organic gardening, hiking, ballroom dancing and studying the art of living from her two cats, Sky and Taiya.