Director of the New Horizons Orchestra
Julie Elliott Maskow (Violin/Viola) is a retired Orchestra Director having taught in Ohio and Kansas Public Schools, teaching 35 years. Julie served as a String Specialist in each school district she worked in, specializing in grades 4 – 12. Her teaching career includes the following districts: Berea (Berea-Midpark), Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Shawnee Mission (Kansas City, Kansas), Twinsburg and Fairview Park City Schools. Julie is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Ohio Music Education Association as well as the National Association for Music Educators. She has served as Chairman for the Greater Cleveland Solo & Ensemble Contest Association for many years, where her students consistently earned high ratings. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University, studying Violin with Carol Sindell, Ora Shiran and Gary Kosloski. She also attended Kent State University, studying with Ma Si-Hon. Julie served as an Assistant Orchestra Director with The American Music Abroad European Tours in 2001 and 2004 touring with 300 High School Orchestra, Band & Choir students performing in Italy, France, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria.
Julie is an active Violin performer in the greater Cleveland area. She is the founding member of the Western Reserve String Quartet and has served as Concertmistress of The Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, The Canton Symphony, and the Lorain County Civic Orchestra, just to name a few. She currently performs with The Cleveland Women’s Orchestra where she serves on the Board and as Orchestra Librarian.
During her public-school teaching career, Julie was named Fairview Park Business Advisory Council Teacher of the Year 2009 and PTA Teacher of the Year in Fairview Park City Schools 2011. Julie is a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society TAU Chapter and Board Member of the George Varouh Cretan Club of Cleveland. She lives in Parma with her husband Brian, who is an active Jazz Musician and the Assistant Conductor of The Strongsville Community Band. They share the joy of dog life with their Wire Fox Terrier named Baxter! During their free time the Maskows enjoy golfing, camping, and boating near the Lake Erie Islands.