2020 CWR Regional Conference and Auditions

We are honored to include 

the following presenters 

at this year's regional conference.

More information to come! 


Guest Artist

Cal-West Region NATS 2020 Guest Artist: Dr. Julia Nielsen


Dr. Julia Nielsen, a San Francisco native, has been one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after vocal pedagogues since founding her private voice studio in 1999. Her students are currently performing leading roles with opera companies, soloing with symphonies, starring in Broadway musicals, and raising their voices in elite professional choruses across the United States. In the Bay Area, Dr. Nielsen’s students can be heard with the San Francisco Opera, the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. From 1999 to 2014, Nielsen was also on the voice faculty of the award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, teaching young women at the chorus’s professional level.

As a performer. Ms. Nielsen made her stage debut at age five with the San Francisco Opera in a production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, starring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and continues to perform opera, concert, contemporary music, Baroque, and classical cabaret to this day.

As the winner of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s international competition, Ms. Nielsen gave her New York debut recital in 2001 at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall. She debuted the leading role of Rose in the West Coast premiere of Elliott Carter’s opera What’s Next? with the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano. Throughout California and Oregon, she has appeared in roles such as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Maria in West Side Story, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with companies such as Festival Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Eugene Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera, Pocket Opera, Stockton Opera, Sonoma City Opera, Open Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Guild. Internationally, she has performed with the Rome Festival Opera and the AIMS/Graz Orchestra in Austria. Most recently, she was heard as Musetta in Island City Opera’s production of La Bohème, and she created the title role in the world premiere of the chamber opera The Voyage of Mary Magdalene by Bay Area composer Nancy Bachmann.

A dedicated concert artist, Ms. Nielsen has also concertized extensively throughout the Bay Area, including a 2019 recital for the Sausalito Song Society. She has also appeared in concert and recital with Bay Area organizations such as the Oakland/East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, Stockton Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and West Marin Summer Music Festival. Her concert work extends to classical cabaret repertoire. She has appeared in one-woman shows at Don’t Tell Mama, Judy’s Chelsea, and Danny’s Skylight Room in New York City; at the Shaker Mill Cabaret in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and at the inauguration of a new cabaret room in the Hotel La Jolla in California. She was also enthusiastically received as a featured performer at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Third Annual West Coast Cabaret Convention in San Francisco.

Dr. Nielsen has had the privilege of studying voice with several world-famous operatic performers, including Metropolitan Opera legends Martina Arroyo, Margaret Harshaw, Blanche Thebom, and Giorgio Tozzi. However, she attributes her expertise in teaching voice to her own current teacher and mentor, David Jones. Through her intensive apprenticeship with this extraordinary technician since 2006, her teaching continues the traditions of the Swedish-Italian School of Singing. 

Dr. Nielsen graduated from Indiana University with a Doctor of Music degree in Voice under Martina Arroyo and a Masters Degree under Margaret Harshaw. She earned her B.A. in Music from Stanford University, with distinction and with honors. She has also received training from, and works closely with, the Voice and Swallowing Center at the nationally ranked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

Her non-singing passions include studying ballroom dancing, especially West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. She resides in San Francisco with her husband Omar, a Learning & Performance Technology Consultant, and their teenage son, James.


Session Presenters

More info to come soon.