Julie Cooney has been the Orchestra’s conductor and musical director since the beginning of 2007. She has been a cellist with Orpheus since its inception.

With a Graduate Diploma from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and surrounded by a very musical extended family, Julie has a wealth of musical experience. She has enriched the musical life of many Blue Mountains schools and currently teaches music at Blue Mountains Grammar School. She also directs the chamber ensembles at this school as well as an instrumental ensemble at Wentworth Falls Public School.

Julie is in great demand as an organist and piano accompanist for musicians, singers and choirs in the Blue Mountains. On several occasions she has featured as piano soloist when the Orchestra has performed concertos or required a piano continuo. She is also a cornet player with the Blue Mountains RSL City Band