Native to Dallas, Texas, Julia spent her childhood playing the violin starting at age 5 through the Suzuki method. She holds a diploma from the world-renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Following her high school education, she earned a degree in String Music Education and Performance from the University of North Texas College of Music. During her time at UNT, she performed and travelled with the Concert, Symphony and Baroque Orchestras. This is now her third-year teaching in Oregon, currently teaching for the JOY music program and running a full-time private lesson studio. When Julia is not teaching or performing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and spending time at home with her husband and dog.
Danielle Howard, a Washington native, graduated from George Fox University where she studied Violin Performance and Music Education. She has taught strings in both classroom and private environments and currently holds a private studio. She has been teaching since high school when she served as a violin tutor for the Seattle El Sistema program. In college she served as the Collegiate Volunteer Coordinator with the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA) at the All-Northwest Conference in Portland where she worked with other music educators across six states in the Northwest region. A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), she has completed Books 1-3 training for Violin and Viola.
Danielle has performed in a variety of groups, including the George Fox (Chehalem) Symphony Orchestra, George Fox Chamber Orchestra, Tilikum Chamber Orchestra, New Vintage String Ensemble, and local artist Joel Martin.
She values inclusivity in music and as Program Manager for JOY will work towards cultivating lasting musical community in Yamhill County. Danielle will also serve as one of JOY’s Teaching Artists, teaching viola.
When she isn’t involved in music, Danielle likes to read, write, try new recipes, hike, and spend time with loved ones.
Sadie Lapiers, a violinist and teacher from Washington State, graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Violin Performance. During her time at George Fox, Sadie performed with the University’s Chamber Strings in Portland at the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Northwest Conference, and also had the opportunity to perform in George Fox University’s Honors Recital. Currently, Sadie works at the Bach to Rock School of Music in Tanasbourne, runs her own private lesson studio, and is a new addition to the JOY Teaching Artist team where she instructs on viola.
In her free time, Sadie loves to read, write, play video games, go out dancing, and create ceramics.
Quiyan Zhou is a Chinese cellist and teacher who strives to ignite the passion of music in her students through teaching. She holds a Bachelor degree in Musicology from Northeast Normal University and a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Eastern Illinois University.
As a cellist, she has participated in various performances across countries. The awarded groups she worked with included Northeast Normal University Symphony Orchestra, Normal University Choir and Eastern Symphony Orchestra.
In her career of music education, Qiuyan has both classroom and private teaching experiences with all ages in China and Illinois. In 2015, she coached the music band in Changchun Foreign Language School as an intern teacher. During her training in Charleston IL, she started to teach cello privately to all ages. She will also serve as the Cello Teaching Artist for JOY in academic year 2019-2020. Her aim as a teacher is to provide students with the skills to enjoy and explore music for themselves.