Director Bio

Julie Nelson is currently in her second year as the Orchestra Director at Douglas County High School. Prior to her appointment at Douglas County, Ms. Nelson was 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 has previously served as an 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 has previously conducted the Aurora Public Schools High School Honor Orchestra and this spring will conduct the Southern Connecticut Regional Middle School Honor Orchestra. She has attended the CU Boulder Conducting Symposium for two summers.

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