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leftside ABOUT ME: Musician, Director, Performer, Teacher

Prior to living in Anderson, SC. I resided in Raleigh, NC. for over 20 years. After teaching theatre and high school and middle school chorus in Durham and Wake County NC. Schools, I am now the theatre director at Greenville High Academy, in Greenville, SC. While teaching, I work part-time as organist at local churches. I have a Masters in Music in Organ at East Carolina University and also received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from North Carolina Central University. These degrees are in addition to my Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Penn State University and a Certificate in Church Music from Shenandoah University.
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julie After teaching for 13 years and always working part-time in a church during those years, I left to pursue the music ministry full-time. This change in schedule also allowed me to start as Musical Director with many of the local theatres (see Music Direction page). In the capacity of music minister I built upon my choral, organ, and theatre background, building programs of choir, handbells, drama, children’s choirs, and contemporary music.

I am proud to have grown up in a strong musical household and a school district that values music education.The State College Area High School (PA) music program for the district is in the top 100 nationally. I am a testament to that program and to the many wonderful teachers that I had. I met my husband at the 60 year reunion of the high school band, so I can vouch that it has turned out fine musicians throughout the years!

I enjoy motorcycling, walking, Bikram Hot Yoga, and raising cats and turtles.

I am now an Independent Music Professional, playing piano, organ, directing, teaching, and singing with many companies, theatres, schools, local bands, senior care facilities, and individuals. My flexibility is shown in the variety of my work. My capability is shown in the quality of my work.
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TESTIMONIAL:

“Julie Florin provides much more than musical entertainment to the residents in our senior living community, she takes them on a journey through music of their yesteryear. She shares with our residents songs of their day--songs that remind them of their husbands, wives, weddings, and other amazing memories. It is not uncommon to see the residents mouthing the words along with her playing. Her music sparks my residents and they glow for the rest of the day!”

Emily Abbott, Director of Activities
Assisted Living Alta Walk, a Bell Senior Living Community

Some of my Favorite Links:

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American Guild of Organists
The Voice Workshop – Somatic Voicework
Raleigh Little Theatre
University Theatre
Burning Coal Theatre
Hot Summer Nights