Natalie Wilson has served 35+ years as a music educator in the Camas, Washington school district. Following her first 18 years teaching choir/vocal jazz at the secondary level, she currently teaches K-5 General Music and vocal jazz at Grass Valley Elementary. She is an active conference presenter, composer/arranger, clinician, and author.
Natalie’s elementary (grades 3-5) ensemble “Grass Valley VOCAL JAZZ” (GVVJ) has earned several DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance in the junior high division and were a 2019 co-winner of the division. Her elementary ensembles also performed at the 2006 IAJE NY and 2012 WMEA conferences. Natalie composes and arranges many of the pieces they perform. As a clinician, Natalie has presented sessions on elementary vocal jazz concepts for university student organizations and at state, regional, and national conferences of ACDA, NAfME, WMEA, and JEN where she also leads the K-8 Education Committee for General Music and Vocal Jazz.
Natalie is recognized in the WMEA 2020 Hall of Fame and as a semi-finalist for the 2019 Give a Note Foundation “Innovator” Award. She has received a 2018 “Tenuto Award” from the Friends of Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival, a 2014 and 2012 Regional Outstanding Music Educator Award, and “The Innovator” Camas School District 2013 Employee of the Year Award. Natalie holds an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and a master’s degree from Portland State University. She continues to compose, arrange, present, and thoroughly enjoys sharing jazz as America’s cultural music.