Julie Reaver grew up in Gettysburg where she studied piano with Barbara Braband. Her first accompanying experience came when she was asked to accompany her elementary school chorus at Eisenhower Elementary School. After graduating from Gettysburg Area High School, she continued her music education at Duquesne University where she received an undergraduate degree in music therapy. While at Duquesne, Julie accompanied the Duquesne University Chamber Singers and many vocal auditions and instrumental engagements. She later earned a master’s degree in creative arts therapy from Hahnemann University.
She has practiced music therapy with all ages, from early childhood intervention programs to adults in psychiatric and long-term care. Julie spent 18 years in Fayetteville, NC where she accompanied the All-County Chorus as well as the female choral group Cantate. During this time, she began her studies on the organ and has since accompanied choirs in many churches including St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, NC, Gettysburg United Methodist Church, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. She currently serves as organist and choir accompanist for St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Gettysburg.
When she isn’t playing piano or organ, she provides music therapy four days a week at South Mountain Restoration Center. She is honored to be accompanying the Gettysburg Children’s Choir this semester.
Gettysburg Children's Choir
PO Box 4178
Gettysburg, PA 17325