After completing her Master of Music degree in Canterbury and winning the National Concerto Competition at the age of 22, cellist Julie Garner studied, performed and lived firstly in Europe and then the United States. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts with Suren Bagratuni at Michigan State University, where she received a full scholarship. During this time, Garner performed with the Lansing Symphony, Midland Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Orchestra and Jackson Symphony, where she was also the Personnel Manager. After completing her Doctorate in 2003, Garner moved to New York to work as an Artist Manager with Wentworth & Associates before moving back to New Zealand in 2004. Since this time, Dr Garner trained as a secondary school teacher, teaching at St. Peter’s College, followed by ACG Parnell College, where she has overseen substantial growth through her work developing the Music programme. She enjoys conducting and coaching Chamber Music groups, taking the Parnell College Symphony and String Theory to Gold Awards at the KBB Music Competition over the past few years.