Guest Artist Bio

Dr. Julie Sorensen comes to ISU from Lubbock, Texas, where she earned her Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a specialty in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock, Sorensen served as the assistant conductor for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra where she conducted for family, children’s, and holiday concerts. She has also served as the assistant director for symphonies at Texas Tech University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sorensen holds a B.A. in Music and Flute Performance from the University of Wyoming and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In the fall of 2011, Sorensen joined the music faculty at Idaho State University as an Assistant Lecturer in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Appreciation and History. In the fall of 2015, Sorensen became the applied instructor of flute at ISU, where she teaches a strong studio of flutists and is the artistic director of the ISU flute choir. Sorensen is also an adjudicator for both flute and orchestra in and around southeast Idaho. She actively participates in the ISU marching band camps as well as the Summer Institute for Piano and Strings. As a chamber and orchestral musician, Sorensen performs with the City Creek Winds faculty wind quintet and served as the principal flute for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. While at ISU, Sorensen has also been the conductor for the ISU productions of Into the Woods and Double Blind Sided. In 2012, she organized and directed the first full student chamber symphony orchestra at ISU.

In 2016, Sorensen was appointed as the artistic director and conductor for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra, a position which she still holds. For the 2017-18 season, she served as the interim conductor for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. After a nationwide search, she was selected as the permanent artistic director and conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony beginning with the 2018-19 season.