Julie Navarrette hails from Hartselle, Alabama, where she studied classical piano for ten years and studied voice with her sister, who trained at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While in high school, she was a member of the Hartselle High School Performers, and played the piano at Hartselle First Church of the Nazarene. She received a Bachelor of Arts in music and journalism from the University of North Alabama in 1996. While there, she sang in the University Collegiate Singers, served as an accompanist in the music department and for local community events, and taught private voice and piano lessons at The Linda Young Music Studio. After moving to Washington, D.C., and getting married, she became interim music minister at National Church of the Nazarene in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she became a licensed Kindermusik educator. She taught Kindermusik classes at the Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center in Arlington, The Butterfly House at Alexandria Episcopal Seminary, and at Metro until 2007. In 2002, she also began teaching private voice and piano lessons at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, where she taught until 2007. She has been teaching private voice and piano lessons at Metro since 2005. She served as musical director for the Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre’s first musical, Honk. She also plays the piano and sings in the Nazarene Faith Band at Alexandria First Church of the Nazarene. In addition, she directs the children’s Christmas and Easter performances and performances by the drama group she began for older kids at her church.