Director of Operations
Having grown up in a small town in New Mexico, the world opened up for Julie through travel and music. As a life-long musician, Julie played flute/piccolo all through college and grad school and has played in a variety of orchestras and ensembles while living in different parts of the country and abroad. She graduated with a BBA, Marketing degree from Texas Tech University and an MS, Social and Applied Economics degree from Wright State University. Julie has been privileged to be a member of the HSO flute section since 1996, has served the orchestra as Liaison to the Board of Directors, and currently serves as Director of Operations.
Julie considers herself a “Willing Adventurer” and is always looking forward to wherever life takes her. Favorite sayings: “It’s all part of the Adventure!” and “You’re never lost...just sightseeing!”
Pat Barnes was born on St. Patrick’s Day in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and arrived in Las Vegas on August 5,
1975. She has lived in several cities throughout the United States and 3 years in Bitburg, Germany.
With her degree in Hotel Management and a minor in accounting, 1977 saw Pat enter into the hospitality
industry working as a supervisor in the Accounting Department. Some of the hotels she was employed by
were the Rio Suites and Casino, Treasure Island, and the Fremont Hotel and Casino. After 15 years in the
industry she decided it was a time for a change; she became the office manager for a construction
company, and later retired from the Department of Energy.
Pat came out of retirement in August 2016 and accepted the position of Office Manager for the Nevada
School of the Arts. With a student body of over 200 students, 26 faculty members and many different
programs she was able to keep the school running smoothly and without much interruption. Even
COVID-19 did not stop the students from getting their lessons or doing recitals or the daily operations of
Nevada School of the Arts. She retired on August 13, 2021.
As a working mom of five children Pat always found time to support whatever endeavor her children
chose. She was a member of the Football Booster Board for Clark High School for 6 years and attended
all the games for 6 seasons except for one. Her daughters were involved in band, so she shared her time
being on 2 Band Booster Boards at Grant Sawyer Middle School and Durango High School. Throughout
those 11 years she held the position as Board President for 2 terms. You would always know that Pat
would be at every performance, and on the bus for competitions whether in Las Vegas, Northern Nevada
or California and she could be counted on for always having a sewing needle and thread with her for
quick repairs. How she missed those days once they were done.
She loves to cook, bake, and crochet and has started painting once again. Her love for music continues.