Julia is an accomplished composer known for her diversity, keen dramatic sense, and precision. She is currently scoring her 5th season of BONES alongside Emmy winning composer Sean Callery. This past June ASCAP honored Julia with an award for her contribution to BONES. The score was also nominated for best primetime television music of 2011 from the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. Julia also composed music for the BONES spinoff series, THE FINDER. In addition, Julia has orchestrated scores for numerous blockbuster feature films along with her composing work in independent film and video games.
"It was a true pleasure having Julia on my team. Not only is she a gifted and versatile composer, but her skills as an orchestrator are also very impressive. Her charismatic personality and her professionalism will delight those who work with her. I sincerely believe she will go far in this business."
~ James Newton Howard, 7 Time Oscar Nominated Composer (Dark Knight, Michael Clayton, King Kong)
Julia Newmann, along with three-time Emmy award winning composer Sean Callery ("24", "Medium" "Homeland"), is scoring her fifth season of Fox's hit TV series "Bones." "Bones" was nominated for 'Best Television Score' by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2011. his past June, Julia was honored with an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for her work on the "Bones." In addition, she also composed music for Fox's spinoff series, "The Finder."
Before embarking on television, Julia worked for multi Oscar nominated film composer, James Newton Howard. During her time at JNH Studios, she helped orchestrate Oscar nominated score "Michael Clayton," as well as orchestrating on his scores "The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep" and "The Great Debaters."
In early 2012, Julia teamed up with Christian Cardona (Visual Effects Supervisor) and Andrea Folprecht (Editor) of BONES to score the short film, Y: THE LAST MAN RISING, based on the popular Vertigo comic book. The film received critical acclaim at Comic-Con and is currently viral on Youtube through IGN.
Some other highlighted composing credits include Showtime's documentary, "Tapestries of Hope," feature theatrical release-"Freedom Park," indie horror feature, "Tumbling After," MGA Entertainment's DVD game- "The $100,000 Pyramid," and Cirque Mechanic's theatrical circus- "The Birdhouse Factory." This production has gone on Broadway and toured around the US, Canada and Europe.
Julia has won awards and special recognition for her music. In 2005 Julia was a semi-finalist in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composer's Competition. While participating in USC's Film Scoring Program, she was awarded the BMI Award in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Shortly after graduation from the program she was a selected participant of the acclaimed ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. She has also won awards for her concert music-in 2001 her choral piece, "Where Once the Waters of Your Face" was awarded 2nd place in the National Composer's Guild Composition Contest. In 1999 her piece "A Night Without Armor" received honorable mention from the same competition.
Julia is a graduate of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She earned her Bachelors of Music in music composition and double majored in USC's acclaimed Film Scoring Masters Program as an undergraduate. While at USC she met her composer husband Cody Westheimer. Cody and Julia have successfully collaborated on numerous projects and have formed their own music production company, "New West Studios Inc." Julia and Cody recently co-scored Showtime feature documentary, "Tapestries of Hope."
Multi-talented Julia Newmann is also a visual artist. She utilizes her artistic skills to emphasize her keen dramatic sense. Already painting at the young age of eight, Julia started composing music about her paintings, and her music influenced her paintings as well. Film scoring was a natural career choice for her as it the union of her visual and musical story-telling mind.
Julia is also a classically trained pianist and has expanded her musical horizons to singing and orchestrating.
TELEVISIONBONES (2008-present), Fox Television, Seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
THE FINDER (2011-2012), Fox Television
FEATURE FILMSNINAH'S DOWRY (2012), dir. Victor Viyuoh
RADIONMAN (2011), dir. Paul Fisher and Mary Kerr
TAPESTRIES OF HOPE (2008), dir. Michealene Cristini Risley
TUMBLING AFTER (2008), dir. Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt
FEMA CITY (2007), dir. Jamin H. Griffiths
GIVING FOR GIVING (2006), dir. Genevieve Vaughan, Full Circle Productions
PREMONITIONS (2005), dir. Shawn Sourgose, Ludicrous Productions
FREEDOM PARK (2004), dir. Jon Artigo, Ludicrous Productions
SHORT FILMSY. THE LAST MAN RISING (2012), dir. Christian Cardona
NOT ALONE (2012), dir. Billy Higgins
HIRED GUNS (2011), dir. Devin Currys
SQUIRREL'S TALE (2009), dir. Jenny Sherman
ALBERTO'S REVENGE (2009), David Krissman
THE J.H. GUNN PROJECT (2009), Shequeta Smith
GEMINI MAX AND THE GLOWING GODDESS (2007), dir. Ben Shalom
MONKEY (2007), dir. Yoshie Suzuki
SHUGAR SHANK (2006), dir. Meredyth Wilson
NAUGHTY OR NICE (2006), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
JENKIN'S LAST MEAL (2006), dir. Genevieve Gilson
AUDREY (2005), dir. Yoshie Suzuki
EMPTY (2005), dir. Alex Killian
THE BLACK PLUM (2005), dir. Meredyth Wilson
LIVE-IN (2004), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
EVICTION (2004), dir. Devin Curry
BE ASSURED (2003), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
MONSTER (2002), dir. Devin Curry
MAN'S BEST FRIEND (2002), dir. Shan Makor Prum
DANCE (2002), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
DYSFUNCTIONAL (2001), dir. Ari Sandel
LOST SOUL (2000), dir. Eli Murphy
WEB SERIESSQUEEGEES (2008), ABC.com, Stage 9 Digital Media
THE BIRDHOUSE FACTORY (2004), dir. Chris Lashua, Cirque Mechanics
VIDEOGAMESBRATZ BABYZ DARE-A-OKE (2006), DVD Game, dir. Lawrence Everson, MGA Entertainment
THE $100,000 PYRAMID (2006), DVD Game, dir. Lawrence Everson, MGA Entertainment
INTERACTIVE MEDIAQI GONG TI CHI II (2007), dir. Lee Holden, Exercise to Heal, LLC
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY (2005), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
QI GONG TI CHI (2004), dir. Lee Holden, Exercise to Heal, LLC
UNIVERSITY OF LAVERN (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
USC PHYSICAL THERAPY (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
ORCHESTRATIONULTRA MARATHON MAN (2008), dir. J.B. Benna, Journey Film Productions
SPACE CHIMPS (2008), (additional orch.), dir. Kirk De Micco, Vanguard Animation
EASTERN STATE: LIVING BEHIND THE WALLS (2008), dir. Tony Alosi
MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007), dir. Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros./Castle Rock Entertainment
THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007), dir. Denzel Washington, The Weinstein Company
THE WATER HORSE (2007), dir. Jay Russell, Revolution Studios
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL (2006), dir. Martin Guigui
SMILE (2005), dir. Chris Mais, Earthbound Entertainment
SPARTACUS (2004), (TV mini series), dir. Robert Dornhelm, USA Network
MUSIC PREPARATIONMERRY DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE (2008), dir. Leslie Hope, Lifetime
ULTRA MARATHON MAN (2008), dir. J.B. Benna, Journey Film Productions
HEART ATTACK! (2008), dir. Chris Mais, UCLA Animation
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL (2006), (copyist), dir. Martin Guigui
SMILE (2005), (copyist, librarian), dir. Chris Mais, Earthbound Entertainment
THE RUNNER (2005), (copyist, librarian), dir. JB Benna, Journey Film Productions
KING SOLOMON'S MINES (2004), (MIDI transcription), dir. Steve Boyum, Hallmark Hall of Fame
SPARTACUS (2004), (MIDI transcription, copyist), dir. Robert Dornhelm, USA Network
OTHER MUSIC CREDITSTHE HAPPENING (2008), (scoring co-coordinator), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (2007), (scoring assistant), dir. Mike Nichols, Universal Studios
I AM LEGEND (2007), (scoring assistant), dir. Francis Lawrence, Warner Bros.
THE LOOKOUT (2007), (scoring intern), dir. Scott Frank, Miramax Films
BLOOD DIAMOND (2006), (scoring intern), Edward Zwick, Warner Bros.
LADY IN THE WATER (2006), (scoring intern), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
RV (2006), (scoring intern), dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, Columbia Pictures
KING KONG (2005), (scoring intern), dir. Peter Jackson, Universal Pictures
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTSMART RECOVERY (2000), dir. Don MacDonald
"Julia Newmann is a superb and gifted composer--one can hear her love for music in each and every moment. She is also that rare breed of composer who continues to master different musical styles and genres, evolving and growing each and every time. These are the qualities of any great artist. She is the real deal."
- Sean Callery, 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Composer of BONES, 24, MEDIUM, HOMELAND
"Julia is easy to communicate with and brings an ability to elevate a project musically with a keen sense of mood and instrumentation that fits the feel that you want. For a director who doesn’t know the "language of music composers" it was very easy to explain what I wanted and get the desired result. She handled comedy and drama in the same score and it really helped make the scenes work."
- Ari Sandel, Academy Award Winning Director for Best Short Film,, WEST BANK STORY
"Julia Newmann is one of the brightest new composing talents on the horizon. One can expect to hear great things from this inventive young composer"
- Robert Kraft, President of Fox Music
"Working with Julia Newmann has been an absolute delight from start to finish. She has been professional, flexible, collaborative, easy to work with, and hit deadlines like a champ. And she must be kind of telepathic, because she knew exactly what we wanted sometimes even before we did. Always quick to implement our notes, but always ready with her own ideas and inventive solutions to problems, she quickly became not just a gun-for-hire, but a collaborator in our film. We can't wait to work with her again."
- Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, Directors of, TUMBLING AFTER
"With patience and sensitivity, Julia engages with the goals of the picture to create a rich and meaningful score. Her insight allows her to reach into subtext and draw out creative solutions to the composition of a moment."
- Meredyth Wilson, Writer/Director, BlACK PLUM and SHUGAR SHANK
"Julia has a great and varied command of different genres and orchestral colors. Bravo and keep on writing!!!"
- Brad Dechter, Orchestrator THE DARK KNIGHT, SIN CITY, SUPER 8
"In addition to being a wonderful composer, Julia does great music preparation work. She prepared a lot of music for me very quickly, and did it with precision and a lovely attitude. When the players comment on how beautiful and clear the parts are, it's a great comfort - it's one less thing to worry about when conducting a session."
- Zack Ryan, Composer , MERRY DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE