Director Bio

Julie Nelson is currently in her third year as the Orchestra Director at Douglas County High School. 

Since Ms. Nelson's appointment at DC, the orchestras have been recognized with Superior ratings at the CHSAA regional orchestra festival, and have performed at the CU Boulder Orchestra Festival. Students of the DC Orchestras are also regularly selected for Continental League Honor Orchestra, Western States Honor Orchestra Festival, & All-State Orchestra. 

Ms. Nelson was previously a graduate teaching assistant and part-time faculty lecturer at the University of Colorado in Boulder, teaching courses in string techniques, string pedagogy, and instrumental music methods. She also has served as the Assistant Director of Camp Life at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in Michigan and as Head Counselor for the CU High School Summer Music Academy in Boulder. A violinist, she is currently the Concertmaster of the Denver Pops Orchestra.

Ms. Nelson enjoys appearing as a guest clinician working with student string orchestras and full orchestras. She recently conducted the Aurora School District High School Honor Orchestra and the Southern Connecticut Regional Middle School Honor Orchestra. She has also presented sessions on research and pedagogy at the Colorado Music Educator's Association State Conference.

Ms. Nelson earned her Master of Music Education degree with emphasis in violin performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Florida, where she was a recipient of the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. She maintains active membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA). 

In her spare time Ms. Nelson enjoys spending time with her family which includes her fiance and her dachshund, Rue. She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and enjoying all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer!