Julie Desbordes

About: Julie Desbordes

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  • Role : Winds, Brass, & Percussion
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  • Specialist in : Saturday Music Project Faculty (Clarinet)

Why do you teach? I have been passionate about music since the age of seven. To me, the best way to appreciate music is to share it with others. Now that I have gained a lot of experience in my field, I love sharing it with students of various ages and backgrounds. I think music is a wonderful tool to learn how to navigate the world: to listen better, to feel more fully, and to share beauty with others. I work on creating a safe, exciting, and inspiring environment in class so all students can unlock their full potential and creativity.

Teaching Biography:Julie Desbordes started teaching the trumpet in France at age 22. She never stopped since then, having a private studio in Montréal during her Masters studies, and now teaching at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore as well as the TBMS in NYC. She had students from 5 to 75 years old, from various background, and developed inspiring classes for all brass players, from private lessons to chamber groups, to brass orchestra section coaching. Mrs Desbordes is also teaching how to play in an orchestra by using approachable yet positively challenging repertoire that fits the needs of the students that she works with.

Performance Biography: Mrs. Desbordes harbors a passion for education and outreach. She started teaching in France, and then became a teaching artist in Harlem in 2010, for the Harmony program. She is a leader in the El Sistema movement, being invited to conduct many El Sistema inspired youth orchestras internationally, having been runner-up for the Directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s El Sistema-inspired Youth Orchestra program (YOLA), being a featured guest at El Sistema programs nationwide, as well as being featured in a powerful documentary about El Sistema-inspired programs in the US: “Crescendo! The Power of Music” (available on Netflix), by Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein).


Ms. Desbordes holds multiple degrees in both conducting and trumpet from three different Music Conservatoires: Limoges, Bordeaux, and Montreal. Her conducting teachers have included Raffi Armenian and Gustav Meier. In parallel of her professional commitments, she is completing her Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she studies with Marin Alsop.