Thanks for stopping by our site, which features woodwind music for the church and for teaching, and a gallery of photographs. We are Jon and Linda Julian, and we really do live on Grace Street, in real life a quiet, shaded residential street with pleasant homes dating from the 'thirties and 'forties ... but that's not why you came.
"on Grace Street" is more about what we do. We are primarily musicians who hold undergraduate degrees in clarinet, and graduate degrees in chamber music - Linda's emphasis, clarinet; Jon's, bassoon - from the North Carolina School of the Arts. In the decades between those degrees, we served as Instructors at the United States Navy School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and as principal players of United States Army Bands in Atlanta, Georgia and Heidelberg, Germany. During those years we performed wind ensemble and chamber music concerts with both military and civilian groups, in forty states and a dozen European countries, in venues from town squares to town halls to historic theaters to bookstores to schools to embassies. More recently we are principal players of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, have performed as principals with several of North Carolina's orchestras, and present programs as a duet, as a trio with piano, and in larger chamber groups. Over the years we have applied our background in wind music to church music, providing service music for the church as performers and writers. We stay fresh and continue to learn by teaching at every level from beginner through college.
Now you know a little about our street, and a little about us. What does our "ongracestreet" site offer?
Think of it as a street of shops you can browse to find a variety of works that we hope you will find helpful, useful, or inspiring.
In the music shop you will find a selection of woodwind music for church. Initially written for our own instruments, as clarinet and bassoon duets, much of this music has been or can be reset for other pairs of woodwinds. There are a few larger settings also, and settings or transcriptions for one or two woodwind instruments and piano or organ.
At the teaching studio next door, look for assorted music designed to help students learn various instrumental and musical skills. - but some may be fun for your own recreation, as well.
We are not major recording artists, but there is a small shop of recorded music. We hope to be able to add to the stock there as time permits us to work out our next recording project, which will include recordings of several of the settings available here.
By now you are probably ready for a change of pace, so why not take a break, step into the gallery, and spend some time looking at some of Jon's photographs?
And be sure to take a look at our welcome page, "Extra!", to "Read All About It!" - what is new, what is coming, stories behind what is there...
Currently Extra! talks about new duets on the way, and about the story behind the latest additions to The Gallery on Grace Street - yes, I thought we'd go ahead and give the virtual gallery a real name! Also, just added, the story behind "ThreeMoravian Hymn Tunes Remembered".