Born in Livermore, California, Julie Rohwein moved to Albuquerque New Mexico during high school.
She studied physics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where she met Michael Iatauro, who introduced her to composition. She has participated in research projects in thunderstorm physics and acoustics, done systems programming, and worked as a professional costume designer.
Julie holds a master's degree in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic and earned an M.M in composition from New England Conservatory. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University, where she studied with Mario Davidovsky. Her other teachers include Bernard Rands, John Heiss, John McDonald, and Robert Kyr.
Her music has been performed by artists such as Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, Francis-Marie Uitti, the Hilliard Ensemble, Elizabeth Keutsch, Evan Ziporyn and Gabriela Diaz in venues across the United States and Canada.