Organization: The Minnesota Orchestra
Instrument / Position: Violinist
Bio: Julie Ayer is Assistant Principal second violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra. She was a member of the Houston Symphony for a brief period before coming to Minneapolis. She is a founding member of the Hill House Chamber Players, based in St. Paul, now in its 20th season.
In 1999 she arranged a three-month exchange with retired Sydney Symphony principal second violinist Gary Andrews. She has organized numerous Twin Cities benefit concerts, most notably Symphony for Survival in 1984, which featured members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras and other Twin Cities musicians. Speaker Garrison Keiller, conductor Neville Marriner and pianist Emanuel Ax also participated. Ms Ayer was active in the Minnesota Orchestra Adopt-A-School program for many years. She performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in the summer of 2000, in numerous Sommerfest chamber concerts, and is a former ICSOM representative.
In June of 2005 she and pianist Edie Orloff presented their second annual concert in San Clemente, California at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.
Her immediate family includes her husband, Carl Nashan, retired violinist of 34 years with the Minnesota Orchestra, stepchildren Erica and Jeffrey Nashan, and five grandchildren, Andrew, Eolyne and Rosie Arnold, Keegan and Cole Nashan.