Handel and Haydn Society violinist Julie Leven is Founder and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston. She was the first-ever classical musician to receive the Boston Neighborhood Fellow award in April 2014 and in 2013 was named a Social Innovator by the nationally renowned nonprofit accelerator: Social Innovation Forum. International festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Casals Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and the Krakow/Warsaw Beethoven Festival. Ms. Leven has performed throughout the US, Japan, and Korea as a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She has been a member of the Jerusalem Symphony, and in Denmark, the Aarhus Symfonieorkester. Ms. Leven is a soloist on the Boston Baroque recordings of Handel Opus 6 Concerti Grossi and the Grammy nominated performance of the Monteverdi Vespers. She is a graduate of the BU School of Management Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Oberlin College, and Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in English and Violin Performance.