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 where she applies body mapping, the Alexander Technique and inclusive attention with her voice students, with very positive results. She also is a certified director in the Sweet Adelines International organization.
Before Greeley Harmonix, she was one of the founders of the Sweet Adelines Mountain Shadows Chorus in Greeley back in 1979. Later, Mountain Shadows merged with a Fort Collins Sweet Adelines chorus to become Centennial Blend chorus. Under her direction, Centennial Blend was the first Region 8 Division A chorus to go to the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic compeition in 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. In 2010 she took a brief hiatus and returned to co-found the Sweet Adelines Greeley Harmonix chorus, which chartered in 2012.
Ms. Palagi’s passion for a cappella music is obvious in her animated, fast-paced rehearsals. She introduces good vocal technique at each rehearsal and is a stickler for vocal blend and in-tune singing. Ms. Palagi believes there is pride through achievement. Much is accomplished each week, and the pride and cameraderie among the singers is evident.