Musical Directors

Co-Directors Annette Lambrecht and Julie Palagi

About Harmony 500 Co-Director Annette Lambrecht
Ms. Lambrecht has been a professional musician since 1999 and is a seasoned music teacher, having started her teaching career in 2004.  Currently, Ms. Lambrecht is the high school choir and theatre director at Sterling High School, Sterling, Colo., an adjunct music instructor at Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, Colo., and the co-director of the RE-1 Valley Children's Chorale, Sterling, Colo.

She holds an Associate of Arts in Music Education from Northeastern Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Music Education with an endorsement in band, choir and orchestra from Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colo., a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and she is working toward a National Teacher Certification in Adolescent to Adult Music with a Vocal Music Emphasis.

Sweet Adelines International Experience
Ms. Lambrecht has been a member of Sweet Adelines International since 2005 and was the 2017 recipient of the NAfME/Sweet Adelines International Music Educator Award. She is a certified director in Sweet Adelines International and the front-line director of Windsong Chorus of Sweet Adelines International since 2014.  In addition, she is the Sweet Adelines International Region 8 Director Certification Program Coordinator, the Region 8 Young Women in Harmony Coordinator, and sits on the Sweet Adelines International Scholarships and Grants Sub-Committee.

About Harmony 500 Co-Director Julie Palagi
Ms. Palagi is retired from a long career in Human Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.

Although business was her career, singing is her passion; so much so that she pursued vocal music training and education while working.  She undertook postgraduate studies in vocal pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., studied voice privately and performed in recitals for ten years with Dr. Juliana Bishop Hoch, Loveland, Colo., and studied voice privately for one semester with Dr. Melissa Malde, Professor of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.  Around 2006 she opened her own voice studio part-time and continues to work with students in both bel canto and Broadway styles. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and continues to sing professionally.

Sweet Adelines International Experience
Since joining Sweet Adelines in 1978, Ms. Palagi participated in regional competitions nearly every year as a chorus singer, chorus director and quartet competitor. She is a certified director in Sweet Adelines International and has been a front-line director since 1981. She performed on the Sweet Adelines International stage three times, once as a chorus director in the Harmony Classic and twice in a regional championship quartet. Choruses under her direction have earned many regional medals, including four first place Division A awards. She has competed in many quartets over the years, has been in the top five regionally 16 times (with two years as regional champions).  She was a Sweet Adelines Approved Candidate Judge in the Expression category for five years. She served on the Region 8 Management Team, on the Region 8 Education Task Force and is an instructor on the Region 8 Faculty. In addition to directing High Plains Harmony Chorus, she is founder and music director of Greeley Harmonix Chorus.

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