Julie Nelson is thrilled to be returning to the Denver Pops Orchestra for another season. Julie studied violin with Charles Wetherbee at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Janna Lower at the University of Florida, and Florian Beer of the Mozart String Quartet in Salzburg, Austria. She has performed with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra, Park Lake String Quartet, and Violectric contemporary ensemble.

An active teacher in the greater Denver area, she currently directs the orchestra program at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.

Julie completed her master's degree in music education with an emphasis in violin performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. There she was a graduate teaching assistant and part-time faculty lecturer teaching string techniques & pedagogy courses, conducting the Middle School String Ensemble, and coaching chamber music with the Summer Music Academy. She completed her bachelor's degree in music education, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Florida where she was the recipient of the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling the globe, playing tennis, reading, and playing with her dachshund, Rue.