Raised in Syracuse, New York, violinist Julie Davis earned bachelor degrees in Sociology and Music Education from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, she taught beginning and intermediate strings in public schools in and around Chicago. Exploring community engagement initiatives within Chicago, she has interned with the education departments of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. She has worked alongside a Northwestern sociology professor investigating trends and manifestations of income inequality, while also pursuing independent research involving the sociology of education. She wrote a senior thesis investigating the impact of Chicago's street musicians on interpersonal relations. This past year, Julie was an instructor for the El Sistema-inspired YOURS Project (Youth Orchestras United Rita Simo), teaching group lessons in violin and cello, music theory, and orchestral musicianship in inner-city Chicago.