Julie Culotta is an active and engaging choral conductor, clinician, presenter and adjudicator. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Deer Creek Youth Choir (DCYC), a community choral organization for singers in Harford and Northern Baltimore counties. In it’s 2nd season, DCYC has doubled its membership with 35 singers from 12 different schools. Mrs. Culotta recently returned to Maryland after living in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned her MM in choral conducting at Georgia State University under the tutelage of Deanna Joseph. Ms. Culotta joined the adjunct faculty at Towson University in 2017, where she has taught courses in choral music education and mentored music education student teachers.
Growing up in Maryland, Ms. Culotta received her bachelors of music education at the University of Maryland – College Park where she studied with Ed Maclary, Martha Randall and Philip Silvey. She taught choral and general music at North Harford Middle School where her choirs consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at County and State Choral Adjudications. Ms. Culotta also served as the Artistic Director of the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis (ACCA), an auditioned community youth chorus for young singers age 7-18. From 2006 to 2014, she helped expand ACCA’s membership to almost 100 singers in three different ensembles.
Ms. Culotta is also a dedicated church musician. She currently serves as Assistant Music Minister at St. Margaret Catholic Parish at St. Mary Magdalen Mission in Bel Air, where she cantors and co-directs the high school contemporary ensemble with Jeff Winfield. She is active on the Maryland Choral Educator’s board and is a dedicated member of ACDA, NAfME and Chorus America. She enjoys working with honor choirs, judging for choral assessments and adjudications, and sharing her love for choral repertoire, rehearsal strategies and conducting gesture at state and regional conferences. Ms. Culotta currently resides in Lutherville, MD with her husband Dave and their children, Adelyn, Cooper and Camden.