Blue Sky Harmony is lucky to have experienced musical leaders to guide us in all aspects of singing and performance:
Musical Director - Julie Edwards
Assistant Director - Jessica Harriden
Julie Edwards, Musical Director
Julie has been the Musical Director of Blue Sky Harmony since the chorus formed in 2019. She has always loved to sing and play music. She played multiple instruments as a child and has sung in a wide variety of auditioned and non-auditioned school, university and adult ensembles performing both contemporary and classical music.
In 2013, looking for a new challenge, Julie joined a 6-week "learn to sing barbershop" program and discovered Sweet Adelines International. Here she found a vibrant community who loved to learn and continuously improve their singing and performance skills. Within months, Julie was invited to become Tenor Section Leader and she later served in other management and music team roles including Membership Coordinator, Team Coordinator and Assistant Director, as well as gaining experience singing with three quartets.
Julie’s leadership skills and contribution to her chorus were recognised when she was twice named their “Sweet Adeline of the Year”. She also served as Interim Musical Director, prior to taking on the challenge of starting Blue Sky Harmony with a group of experienced and passionate singers.
In addition to leading Blue Sky Harmony, Julie is a registered teacher and qualified trainer. For Julie, singing is a joy and she loves to share this joy with audiences, workshop participants and chorus members.
Jessica Harriden, Assistant Director
Jess has been a member of Sweet Adelines International since 2013 and a performer since she could walk and talk! Before finding barbershop, Jess studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, latin and flamenco dance, and played clarinet and trumpet.
She has been a member of Kit ‘n’ Kaboodle Quartet for many years, and her past chorus leadership roles have included Bass Section Leader, Deputy Section Leader and Visual Team Coordinator.
Jess was voted Sweet Adeline of the Year in 2018 - a worthy acknowledgement of the work and energy she puts into chorus life. Jess brings extensive experience in barbershop singing and performance to Blue Sky Harmony.