Julianna Strings Solo and Two t’ Suite Duo

UnknownCellist Julianna performs Solo Cello and Chamber Music throughout Southern California for special events such as Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events. Her solo performances include various musical genres ranging from Classical Music, Standards and Comptemporary Rock.

She brings a wealth of experience as a performer, teacher and pedagogue. She studied for her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Southern California. Cello recording performance credits include Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Jackson Five, Eagles, Olivia Newton  John, Dick Halligan, Marty Davich, Waylon Jennings, Jesse Coulter, Dinah Shore and numerous jingles. Live performances for Melissa Manchester, Keely Smith, Eagles, Carole King, Diana Ross, Chuck Mangione, The Jacksons, Gladys Knight, George Benson, Charlie Rich and Barry White.

She has served as Principal Cellist for USC Chamber Orchestra, Musique de Chambre, Idyllwild Master Chorale and the Buffum ensemble.  Julie has taught music for St Margaret’s Episcopal School and the Quadrille Academy, Cedar Creek Sinfonia and the Wilde Woode String Program. She is the solo cellist for Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. She also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, the governing body of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.

Add Nelms McKelvain and we have Two t’ Suite Duo.

Nelms McKelvain began his advanced musical studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1968. In 1972, he returned to his native Texas to study with artist-teacher John Perry at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, Nelms relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 to continue doctoral study with Perry and serve as an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California. For ten years he pursued a wide variety of musical activities in Los Angeles, including chairing the piano faculty of the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, and musical directing several award-winning equity-waiver musical shows in and around Hollywood. Nelms joined the Music faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy in September of 1989 and became Music department chair in 1990. He was appointed Dean of the Arts in 1992 and served in that capacity for sixteen years. Returning to full-time teaching as an Academy piano faculty member in the fall of 2007, Nelms performed with members of the Idyllwild Arts faculty, the LA Opera and the Redlands Symphony for several years. This past June he left the mountain and relocated to Palm Springs to found and direct ARTS-ED PLUS, an independent international college counseling firm for the next generation of college-bound performing artists. He loves performing as half of Two t’Suite.

Sample Music Here:

Love Story

Over the Rainbow

The Prayer

Le Cygne

Gabriel’s Oboe

Eleanor Rigby

A Thousand Years

Bring Him Home

When I’m 64

Two t' Suite