Julie Hanney - Pianist, Composer, Performer



Julie Hanney

Julie has been writing music since she was a young child. Learning to play the piano first from her grandmother, then from other mentors, Julie became serious about music in high school. After studying music at George Fox University for one year, she transferred to the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a special focus on composition.  She did post-graduate studies in composition with Dr. Robert Kyr at the U of O. 

Julie is a published composer under her previous name, Julie Wheeler.  She has composed for piano, choir, string quartet and a variety of other ensembles.  Her compositions and arrangements for choir are available for sale on websites such as JW Pepper. https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=julie+wheeler 

The piano was Julie's first love and she has played professionally for many years as a soloist, as the director of a community choir, in churches and as an accompanist.  Painting in Sound is her first official album release, and it represents a lifetime of learning, experiencing and growing.  Her second released is titled A Peace-Filled Christmas and the 12 songs on this album certainly do impart peace and an invitation to pause, to breathe and to be grateful for the present moment. 

Julie's music is inspired by the natural world.  From waterfalls to forests to oceans and falling leaves, the beauty and natural music of creation is something that Julie loves to capture with her musical paintings.  This is especially evident on her first release Painting in Sound. 

In addition to performing as a solo pianist, Julie is one of two members of 20 Fingers Piano Duo.  Kyle Pickard, a talented pianist with an affinity for jazz (who just happens to be Julie's son), is the other member. 20 Fingers Piano Duo performs at a variety of venues and is working on recording their first CD.

(Image: Julie and her duet partner/son Kyle Pickard of 20 Fingers Piano Duo)


Julie teaches piano lessons privately in Bend, Oregon and loves to inspire people to pursue music for the pure joy of creating music.


Julie's CD release concert for Painting in Sound was in August of 2019 at Central Oregon Community College's Wille Hall. 

(Image: Julie and her kids, accomplished musicians Kyle Pickard and Amy Wheeler.)



Julie is the Director of the Gospel Choir of the Cascades as well as the One Day Gospel Choir.  These choirs are currently on hiatus, but gather together a few times of year for special concerts, usually a Christmas concert and a spring concert.

(Image: Julie with the Gospel Choir of the Cascades)


When Julie isn't engaging with music in one form or another, she loves to go on adventures with her husband, her dogs and her kids.  Kayaking, hiking, camping and exploring are how Julie recharges and gains inspiration for her compositions.

(Image: Julie and husband Derwyn kayaking at Ochoco Lake)


(Image: Julie and Derwyn in the Wallowa Mountains)



Julie's beloved "doodles."

(Image: Ella the Sheepadoodle, one of Julie's #1 fans.  She loves to lay under the piano while Julie plays.)  :-)

(Image: Lily the Labradoodle.  She also has an affinity for under-the-piano-laying.)  :-)