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Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John Cody Birdwell


Julie Giroux’s Symphony No. 6: The Blue Marble (2022) is an original work for wind band that is quickly rising in popularity among instrumental conductors and ensembles throughout the world. The purposes of this document are to

1) provide biographical details regarding Julie Giroux and her musical career;

2) provide a background of the work’s conception from a musical and multi-media perspective through interviews with Giroux and the first conductors of the work;

3) provide a multi-parametric structural analysis of the work and its companion film;

4) provide conductors with useful information for programming and rehearsing the work.

Chapter one discusses biographical and historical details regarding Giroux and Symphony No. 6 that provide context for better understanding of the work. Chapter two, three, and four contain structural analysis that dissect elements of form, melodic structure, harmonic structure, textural structure, orchestration structure, rhythmic structure, temporal structure, and other important elements in movements 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Chapter five provides further context of The Blue Marble companion film alongside a thematic analysis of the film’s scenes. Chapter six provides useful information for conductors who plan to program the Symphony. An appendix of information provides further insight of the Symphony through interviews with composer Julie Giroux, and leading wind conductors Brad Genevro and Lowell Graham.

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