A native of the Chicago area, Julia Erdmann Hyams is currently a sought after freelance horn player. Prior to moving to Albuquerque in 2014, Julia was acting fourth horn with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for five years. During her time with the St. Louis Symphony, she performed in Carnegie Hall annually, was part of a Grammy award-winning recording of John Adams’ City Noir and travelled with the orchestra to Europe in 2012.
Julia has also held positions with the Houston Grand Opera, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Travelling around the United States and the world, Julia has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic and The Santa Fe Symphony.
After college, Julia received a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. She has played in various summer festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. Julia earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Julia is married to trumpet player Mark Hyams. They met in 2007 and were married the following year at the Grand Canyon. Both Julia and Mark were avid backpackers before they met. In 2010 they hiked the 220 miles of California’s John Muir Trail together, and they have hiked all over the West, with the Grand Canyon and the San Juan Mountains being their favorites. Their local Sandia Mountains are one of the highlights of living in New Mexico.
Julia became orchestra librarian for The Santa Fe Symphony in January 2015. She became interested in music library work after serving for two summers as a music librarian for the Interlochen Arts Camp at her high school alma mater, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Julia also did library work throughout college and helped the music librarians at the St. Louis Symphony after the head librarian retired.