Julie Ann Palagi has been directing choirs in Sweet Adelines since she was only 29 years old. She is an experienced soloist, voice teacher, vocal coach, and director. She has performed in nine quartets over the past 30+ years, and placed top five regionally twelve times, most recently in her current quartet Risky Business.
Her music education includes 10 years of private piano study in her youth, 10 years private vocal study with Dr. Juliana 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 and inclusive awareness with both her private students and in chorus rehearsals.
As a director, Ms. Palagi earned her certified status in Sweet Adelines International Directors' Certification Program after passing specific qualifications that include barbershop harmony acumen, music theory knowledge and other music and administrative requirements.
In 2009, Ms. Palagi was the first director in Region 8 to take a small chorus to the Sweet Adelines International Division A Harmony Classic compeition in Nashville, Tenn. Then, in 2012, Ms. Palagi co-founded Greeley Harmonix chorus where she continues to direct.
Ms. Palagi’s passion for choir and a cappella music is evident in her animated, fast-paced rehearsals. She is an enthusiastic director who approaches each reahearsal as an opportunity to teach good singing skills even as her singers work dilligently on improving as an ensemble.