Meet Your Neighbor – Julie Taylor |

Meet Your Neighbor – Julie Taylor

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Twelve years.

Job: I am the executive director for Twin Cities Concert Association.

Do I like living here? Yes, I like the warmth of community, the tremendous arts and culture, it’s desirable for raising children, and the beauty and serenity of the pines, evergreens and oaks.

What I do in my spare time: Spare time is a rarity as I’m often driving all over. Living in the luxury of Nevada County has one pitfall and that’s having to criss-cross the county to get around.

My family: I’m married to Ken Hardin, a superb husband and musician. I have a 12-year-old son, Tony Taylor, a 22-year-old stepdaughter Cathy Hardin, and an 18-year-old stepson Kurt Hardin. They are all fun, talented and outgoing. I’m the luckiest woman around.

What I like about my job: The music! I enjoy the smiling faces of audience members when they leave their magical musical day, and I enjoy meeting new and upcoming artists. I’ve made many wonderful friendships and I get to work closely with my husband who acts as artistic director, conducts, and performs.

If I won a million: I’d give some to all three kids. I’d donate some locally to the Twin Cities Concert Association, Foothill Theatre Company, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Nevada City School of the Arts, and the Nevada Union choral program. Then, I’d take my husband on the trip of a lifetime and buy him a sports car.

My greatest accomplishment: I don’t believe I’ve had my greatest accomplishment yet. I’ve had many great accomplishments, but the greatest is yet to come.

If I could relive my life I would: Do much better in high school, pay attention to details, and listen to the stories of my elders. I would read much more starting at an early age, learn a musical instrument, and curtail my impatience.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: You can’t change anyone but yourself, but change in oneself may inspire change in others. Be open to learning and trying new things, you’ll surprise yourself. Conquer your fears, or at least try.

The best book I’ve read recently: “Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove” by Christopher Moore. It’s a crack up.

Why I came to this area: I moved to Nevada County originally to help run a family business. It didn’t turn out as well as we had planned, but I stayed anyway.


Who are your neighbors? If you know of a western Nevada County resident to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Becky Trout at or 477-4234.

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