CMS February Spotlight - Julie Johnson
Julie grew up in a very small town in eastern Montana on the Canadian border. Her mother was a kindergarten teacher and her father was a farmer/rancher. Her love for music came early. Her father played piano and loved to play “Let me call you Sweetheart." The summer of her senior year of high school she lived with an exchange family in Omuta, Japan. After high school, she attended the University of Montana and studied music, did a study abroad with the UM Chamber Choral in Vienna Austria, and lived and worked in Brownsville Texas for three years before starting work at The College Music Society in 1994.
We recently had the opportunity to reach out to Julie to talk about her many contributions to CMS through her role as Director of Information Services, and we hope you enjoy reading her responses!
Q: Can you share a bit about your professional background and journey and how that led to your role with CMS?
A: I studied music at the University of Montana and had moved back to Missoula from Brownsville, Texas where I was the BISD staff accompanist. My dear friend and future colleague Beth (Rice) Mast suggested I apply for the part-time reception position, so I did. Robby Gunstream then hired me to answer phones and help the other part-time receptionist. I later took over the Directory of Music Faculties, CMS National Conference exhibits, and helped with the CMS Symposium online platform.