Master Director Julie Starr has been directing Bay Area Showcase Chorus since 2002. She has led the chorus to Regional championships every time they were eligible to compete, earning them the right to represent Region 12 at the International level. The chorus was proud to have placed 14th at their last International competition in New Orleans in 2019!
Julie combines a love of people, music, and ensemble singing to make every Thursday night the highlight of each member’s week. In her own words, "I can't think of another group of women I'd rather sing and laugh and work with than Bay Area Showcase Chorus! Our music transcends age, race, religion, and so many other potential barriers, and brings us all together in harmony. Barbershop is 'feel-good' music, and there's a natural high that comes with ringing chords and making music together with our voices. I love being a part of it."
Julie is a voice teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Barbershop Harmony Society. She joined Sweet Adelines in 1989 and served as Bass section leader and Assistant Director before being named Chorus Director. She is an arranger and composer, and a well-respected coach for quartets and choruses.
As a Bass singer, Julie has been in numerous Regional medalist quartets. She has appeared on the International stage several times, placing in the top 15 with three different quartets in three different decades!
Julie has a BA degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and has studied Music Education at Boston University. She is a retired technical writer and lives in Sunnyvale.