2018 Distinguished Alumni
B.A. Music '06
Colte Julian is a proud Oklahoman and graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Music ’06. He was a voice student of April Golliver and a piano student of Heather Shea Lanners. During his time at Oklahoma State, he sang with the Concert Chorale and served as an accompanist for various performing ensembles and artists. It was through this experience that he gained an interest in theatrical performance and began performing in main stage shows –Into to the Woods and Crazy For You – under the direction of Peter Westerhoff. Following graduation, Julian completed an M.M. in Musical Theatre Performance at Arizona State University, where he began his professional acting career.
Julian was cast in the Chicago company of Million Dollar Quartet as Jerry Lee Lewis in 2011 and from there was a part of the National Tour, Vegas and Norwegian Cruise Lines casts, having performed well over 1,000 shows. In Chicago, Julian has performed in numerous productions, his favorite being Curly in Oklahoma!, for which he earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Currently, he is performing in Chicago as a part of the original cast of Heartbreak Hotel. He is also a staff accompanist and vocal coach at Northwestern University and serves as Music Director of the Oklahoma and National FFA Choirs.
Julian enjoys teaching young performers and encouraging them to reach for the seemingly unimaginable. He is a product of hard work and dedication demonstrated by his parents and thanks them for putting him on his path to success with their encouragement and love. Go Pokes!