Julie Gaisford Keyes made her debut at the age of 15 as a soloist with the Utah Symphony. She is a two time winner of the American Harp Society National Harp Competition winning first prize in the Intermediate II and 2nd prize in the Advanced Division. She is also past winner of the Ruth Lorraine Close Competition. Julie has performed all over the globe in cities such as Glasgow, London, New York City, Los Angeles, Tucson, Denver, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Antonio, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
Julie has appeared on national television specials on PBS and frequently performs on the national radio and TV Broadcast "Music and the Spoken Word" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the 2002 Winter Olympics she performed as principal harpist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in multiple concerts for international dignitaries, athletes and guests.
As a recording artist, Julie has recorded on over a dozen CD's and DVD's with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Telarc and Deseret Book label. Since 1987, she has recorded with Lex de Azevedo, Kurt Bestor, LDS Motion Picture Studios, L.A. East Studio and Big Idea Studio. Julie is in her fifteenth season with the Ballet West's annual Nutcracker performances.
In addition to performing with the Orchestra at Temple Square and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Julie has performed with numerous orchestras throughout the intermountain west including Ballet West Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, New American Symphony (Ogden, Utah) Salt Lake Symphony, Mormon Youth Symphony, Southwest Symphony (St. George, Utah) and BYU Philharmonic, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. As a concerto soloist she has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Orchestra at Temple Square, New American Symphony, Southwest Symphony and BYU Chamber orchestra. Julie performed for a season as 2nd harpist with the Utah Symphony, being the youngest member at the age of 17.
As a composer and arranger, she has published over two hundred arrangements focusing on religious and children's music for the lever and pedal harp. In addition to her publications is a book My Harp's History - a record keeping book for all harps. Currently, she has a large private harp studio teaching beginning to advance students.
Julie is a graduate from the Brigham Young University in harp performance and pedagogy. Her major teachers include Sarah Bullen, Susann McDonald, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Renee Sheranian, and Louise Pratt.
Julie has served as president as the Utah Chapter of the American Harp Society. On the national level, she was chairman of the American Harp Society Tape Library for 10 years. A native of Salt Lake City, Julie is the daughter of Walter and Marie Gaisford. She is married to Michael Keyes and is the mother of five daughters. Julie loves to compete in triathlons and after only two half ironman 70.3 events this spring, she has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria, 2015.