Julie Baumgartel has performed with Tafelmusik and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra across Europe, North America and Asia. Since moving to the Waterloo Region in 2000 she has focused her activities as close to home as possible: the Music Room, Maureen Forester Recital Hall and the Registry Theatre being her favoured venues, mainly because they are within easy biking distance to her house, and the Centre in the Square, because of its great acoustics. Most of all she is focused on her two boys, Zack and Buzzy. She performs frequently with the KWS and Nota Bene Period Orchestra.
She also has played chamber music regularly at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Elora Festival, the Perimeter Institute and co-founded the Grand River Baroque Festival near Ayr, Ontario with her husband oboist James Mason. Julie appears in various chamber music series in southern Ontario including The Gallery Players of Niagara and INNERchamber in Stratford. In 2003 she was appointed conductor of the KWS Youth Sinfonia, in 2005 joined the string faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University as a part time instructor and, most recently, has become an instructor for the Laurier String Academy. She performs on a 1740 Paulo Antonio Testore violin.