Annie Nielson has over 20 years of string performance experience on violin, viola, cello and bass, and 9 years of string teaching experience, including large ensembles and private lessons. She holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Colorado State University (2016) and a and Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Utah (2008). She is a licensed education teacher in the state of Utah.
Annie offers private music lessons and has taught over 130 string students between the ages 4 and 60 years. Her students perform in top orchestras in their schools and receive high marks at competitions. While she sets high standards for her students, it is Annie’s teaching techniques that bring out the best in her students. They are always willing to work hard because of her vivacious personality.
As a teacher, Annie loves to have the “lightbulb” moment with her students. She is driven to help her students understand new concepts and develop confidence to achieve anything. Creating unforgettable music experiences for students and parents is a highlight of her career. She has arranged joint concerts with Brigham Young University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, jazz musician Sam Payne, and recording artist Aaron Ashton.
Recently, Annie was the Orchestra Director at Providence Hall charter school in Herriman. With over 100 music students, she conducted several string ensembles. Prior to that, Annie was the Orchestra Director at Riverton High School in the Jordan School District and conducted two large ensembles: the RHS String Orchestra and the RHS Symphonic Orchestra. In addition to these two groups, she also taught the AP Music Theory, Electronic Music and Beginning Guitar courses at RHS.
Annie has been fortunate to study conducting with Wes Kenney at Colorado State University; viola under John Englund and Julie Edwards, both members of the Utah Symphony. She was a faculty member for the Lyceum Music Festival and has performed under the direction of David Cho, Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony, and in concert with The 5 Browns. She has also taught at the Blue Sky Music Camp with Aaron Ashton.
Some of Annie’s favorite things are spending time with her husband and newborn daughter, reading, baking cookies, exploring new places and eating chocolate. Her dream is to visit Ireland and study Celtic fiddling.