Julie Gramolini Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2007 after two
seasons as a member of the Omaha Symphony. She previously held the principal oboe
post with the United States Air Force Band of the West, stationed in San Antonio, Texas.
During her enlistment, she was a soloist with the concert band, and she performed and
toured with the Southwest Winds Woodwind Quintet.
Gramolini began studying the oboe at the age of 11 in her hometown of North Smithfield,
Rhode Island. She received a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College, studying
with James Caldwell, and a master of music degree from Rice University, where her
principal teacher was Robert Atherholt. After completing graduate studies, she continued
honing her skills under the tutelage of Mark Ackerman. She lives in Plymouth with her
husband, Gregory Williams, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Principal clarinetist.
When she is not performing or teaching, she enjoys running, biking and strength training.