Violist Julia Adams attended the University of Washington where she studied String Performance and Music Education. An active performer and pedagogue in the Seattle area, she is the assistant principal viola for the Federal Way Symphony, section viola for the Yakima Symphony, former principal viola of the Bellevue Symphony and Seattle Philharmonic, and section viola for Lyric Opera Northwest, The Sound Ensemble, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. She also maintains a busy private studio and is a sectional coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony. Her principal teachers have included Lisa Dyvig (Principal Violist, Olympia Symphony), Aviva Leonard, Melia Watras (Associate Professor, UW), and Katie Kadarauch (Assistant Principal Violist, San Francisco Symphony).

Julia plays a Jay Haide violin and viola (16 1/2 inches).