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Josie (Nielson) Long has been playing violin since the age of five. Since then, she has developed a broad musical background attending rigorous music conservatories, performing in community symphonies, and starting a professional violin duo. Josie has been a featured guest soloist for non-profits and other private events. Josie was accepted to the School of Music at Brigham Young University on scholarship, where she pursued a degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Monte Belknap and Alex Woods. Josie performed in the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra and various BYU Chamber Ensembles and was featured in BYU Magazine, BYU-TV, and Sharlene Habermeyer’s book, Good Music Brighter Children.


Since 2007, Josie Long has taught private violin lessons, clinics & workshops, and group lessons. It has been her goal to create a supportive learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. Josie’s teaching style is based on a variety of methods and philosophies (i.e. Suzuki and traditional) and promotes healthy posture, note reading, proper technique, ear training, theory, and music appreciation.


Repertoire is drawn from a variety of genres for a broad musical education, tailored to each student's interests and goals. Josie finds joy in sharing her love of music with others who want to learn and develop their musical talent.


  • Guest Soloist for National Federation of the Blind of Utah State Convention (2019)

  • Guest Soloist with We Are the Strike in L.A Debut Show (2013)

  • BYU Solo Recital (2012)

  • Guest Soloist for LDS Philanthropies Banquet (2012)

  • BYU Chamber Ensemble (2011-2012)

  • Guest Soloist for BYU's University Accessibility Center Annual Banquet (2011)

  • BYU Philharmonic Orchestra (2009-2012)

  • Concert Mistress for Heritage Festival of Gold Honor Orchestra in San Francisco (2008)

  • Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory (2007)

  • Treasure Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009)

  • Co-Founder & Soloist in violin/piano duo, Ivory Strings (2006-2009)

  • Credo Summer Conservatory at Oberlin University (2006)

  • Pit Orchestra for various musical productions (2006, 2008)

  • Concert Mistress for Eagle High School Orchestra (2005-2009)

  • Boise State University Chamber Orchestra (2005-2007)

  • Concert Mistress & Guest Soloist for Meridian Youth Symphony Orchestra (2004-2007)

  • Albertson College Symphony (2004-2006)

  • Giovanni String Quartet (2003-2006)

  • Concert Mistress of Boise Honor Orchestra (2002-2006)

Musical Resume


  • Featured in actor/singer-songwriter, Kirby Heyborne's promo video for new show "Making Good" on BYU-TV (2019)

  • Featured Soloist in "Demons" YouTube music video cover (2014) 

  • Interviewed and featured in Sharlene Habermeyer's book, Good Music Brighter Children (2014)

  • Performed as a solo violinist under the stage name, Josie Winter and was recruited for studio recording projects such as EPs, commercials, demos, etc. (2012-2014)

  • Featured in BYU's newspaper, The Daily Universe (2014) 

  • Featured in BYU Magazine and BYU-TV (2010)

  • Accepted to BYU's School of Music on full scholarship as a Freshman (2009)

  • Superior ratings for nine consecutive years from the National Federation of Music Clubs

  • Superior ratings at District and State Solo Festivals

  • Outstanding Musicianship Award for Eagle High School Orchestra

  • Received the Instrumentalist Magazine Musicianship Award

  • Member of MENC All-Northwest Honor Orchestra (2007, 2009)

  • Member of MENC All-State Honor Orchestra (2006, 2008)

  • Outstanding Musician Award for Boise Honor Orchestra

  • National Winner in Music Composition for Reflections Competition

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