Julie Ann Palagi has been directing in Sweet Adelines since she was only 29 years old. She is an experienced soloist, voice teacher, director and quartet singer, having won two Sweet Adelines regional championships with her quartet, Flashpoint!.
Her music education includes 10 years of private piano study in her youth, 10 years private vocal study with Dr. Juliana Bishop Hoch, and graduate classes in vocal pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has a private studio in her home. Her lessons include the application of body mapping, Alexander Technique and inclusive attention with both her private students and in chorus rehearsals.
As a director, Ms. Palagi earned Certified status in Sweet Adelines International Directors' Certification Program after passing specific qualifications that include barbershop harmony acumen, music theory knowledge and other musical and administrative requirements.
In 2009, Ms. Palagi was the first director to take a Region 8 small chorus to the Sweet Adelines International Division A Harmony Classic compeition in Nashville, Tenn.. Afterward, in 2012, Ms. Palagi co-founded Greeley Harmonix chorus. Under her direction, Greeley Harmonix continues to be one of the top 5 Division A choruses in the seven-state Region 8.
Ms. Palagi’s passion for a cappella music is obvious in her animated, fast-paced rehearsals. She continually teaches vocal production techniques in rehearsals and encourages each singer to learn about her own voice to be able to sing to her fullest. Ms. Palagi believes confidence is gained through achievement. Much is accomplished each week, and the pride and cameraderie among the singers is evident to anyone who joins a rehearsal or attends a Greeley Harmonix performance.