Julie Dolphin's love of Spanish was first kindled by years of travel throughout México and Central America, most of it by thumb. Her graduate studies in Ethnomusicology, at Columbia University, included detailed musical and textual analysis of Nahuatl wedding music, and the uses of music as barter in highland Central American communities.
Ms. Dolphin especially enjoys teaching Spanish to beginners, drawing on her experiences as a non-native speaker throughout the course of her travels. She also teaches preparation for TOEFL in the English Language Institute, where the challenges for non-native speakers of English often recall those faced by her students of Spanish. In either case, comfortable and effective communication is always the goal.
Ms. Dolphin has set poetry by, among others, Federico García Lorca, Jorge Guillén, and Jose Ramón Samper Bernad, for voice and piano. Her original compositions have been premiered at Carnegie Hall, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and Merkin Concert Hall.