Dr. Julie Koidin is a solo flutist and chamber musician as well as an author and scholar specializing in Brazilian choro music. She is a six-time Fulbright scholar. Her grants include two lecture-research grants to Brazil (2002 and 2014-15) and Specialist Grants to Norway (2005), New Zealand (2006), Serbia (2008) and Sweden (2011). Through the Fulbright program she has taught at over 15 international universities. Dr. Koidin served 5 years on Fulbright's Peer Review Committee for the Specialist Program.
In Brazil, Dr. Koidin has performed and taught at various music festivals including the international festivals in Brasília, Campos de Goytacazes, Domingos Martins, and Campina Grande. 2015 marks her 20th visit to Brazil since 1997. Koidin is the author of two major works about choro: Os Sorrisos do Choro: Uma Jornada Musical Através Caminhos Cruzados (2011: São Paulo) and its English translation, Choro Conversations: Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil's Musical Identity (2013; Fremont, CA). She has also published many articles in various national and international music journals such as the Luso-Brazilian Review, the Instrumentalist, theFlutist Quarterly and Flute Talk Magazine.
In January 2016 she will be producing a nationally and internationally syndicated choro documentary on the WFMT Radio Network to be aired during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the fall 2015 she launched the Chicago Choro Club in collaboration with the Musical Offering music school in Evanston, IL. The club offers classes and performances in choro to the community. She is a founding member of the Ondas Ensemble, Dois no Choro and Choro de Lá pra Cá. With the latter she has done several Brazilian and US tours. She has recorded three CDs with Dois no Choro: Carinhoso, Juntos, and Asa Branca. The latter two projects were supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.
Dr. Koidin has her doctorate and master's degrees in flute performance from Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Champaign.