Julia Bastuscheck, Conductor

Julia Bastuscheck moved to Bend, Oregon in September 2009 after retiring from a 21-year career teaching beginning strings and orchestra in Juneau, Alaska. Julia is co-conductor of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra and Junior Symphony, a full symphony orchestra program for musicians ages 6-18.  She is also one of the instructors of the Awesome After School Orchestra, a beginning string class for elementary aged students, through the Cascade School of Music in Bend. She has a private studio of beginning through advanced viola and violin students.

Julia received her B.A. in music at Western Washington University, where she studied viola with Charmian Gadd and chamber music and orchestra with Barton Frank.  She completed teacher certification at the University of Washington where she studied viola and chamber music with acclaimed violist Paul Coletti.

Julia currently serves as principal viola of the Juneau Symphony, conducted by Troy Quinn. She is a regular section player with the North State Symphony in Chico/Redding, CA and plays with the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, OR.