By Lindsey Bonte, Lakeside Marketing Intern
Although it will be her first musical performance at Lakeside on Wednesday, July 6, Julie Koenig has been visiting and taking part in the Lakeside experience since she was a teenager.
She was first introduced to the Chautauqua community when her father, Steve, took a job managing Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn. He continues to work at Lakeside, now within the Programming Department.
Julie’s first summer job as a high schooler was at the Lakeside shuffleboard courts. She’s also worked the gates and mini golf, and during her college years, spent her summers working at the Rhein Center.
Julie received her bachelor’s degree in music education with classical voice primary from Otterbein University. On campus, she was involved in Opus One, a 16-voice jazz ensemble that performs a wide variety of music.
Post-graduation, she taught elementary school music for a few years. She also performed in the Co-lumbus area with the jazz duo Duplicity, as a solo artist and as a member of the Columbus Symphony Chorus.
Julie has always been passionate about jazz, and in 2017, she moved to Colorado to pursue her master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado. She even notes that Lakeside helped her make this decision.
“While I was at Lakeside working at the Rhein Center, that was when I realized I wanted to go to grad school for jazz,” she says. “My co-workers were some of my biggest fans.”
She graduated in 2019 and has performed at several northern Colorado venues as a self-accom-panied soloist and as part of a group. She currently works as a lead vocalist and pianist at New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living. One day, she and her fiancé will “make their way back to Ohio.”
Julie’s biggest supporters of her music are her par-ents. Her father has a strong background in theatre and got her into music.
“My parents played Ella Fitzgerald often, and she quickly became my biggest vocal influence,” says Julie. “Both of my parents are very musical.”
A pianist since she was younger, Julie appreciates the challenge of singing and playing the piano at the same time, as did some of her major inspirations – Nina Simone and Carole King. This is an element she wanted to include on her self-produced 2021 al-bum, titled Renaissance Woman.
The Julie Koenig Trio will make their debut at the Steele Memorial Bandstand at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. The trio features Julie on vocals and piano, Domi Edson on bass and Mckenna Reeve on drums.
“It’s going to be a really special show,” says Julie. “I know it will be nostalgic to be back at Lakeside. A little more nerve-wracking because I love Lakeside so much and my family and friends will be there, but overall, I’m very excited!”
A Lakesider is coming home; this is a show you won’t want to miss!