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2017 Biographies — Strings

Charly Akert

Charly Akert

Cello

Charles Akert has captivated audiences around the world as both soloist and chamber musician. Some of his more recent engagements include concerts in Weill Recital Hall with Ensemble: Périphérie, on NPR Tiny Desk with The Family Crest and recording music for ABC's Grey's Anatomy. An Alaska native and cellist from age 5, by 13, Mr. Akert joined the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with James Fittz, Mark Kosower, Jennifer Culp, and Mark Sokol. He has served as a faculty member at the Kinhaven Music School, Blue Lake Music Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Festival. As a member of the Nexus String Quartet, Mr. Akert was awarded residencies at the Banff Centre, Aspen Music Festival and in 2010, he won the Grand Prize at the National Plowman Chamber Music Competition.


Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake

Viola

Jennifer performs with the Boise Philharmonic and the Boise Baroque Orchestra in addition to acting as director of Boise's City of Trees Chamber Music series. She also directs the Serenata Chamber Orchestra, and founded Idaho Viola Camp, the largest and most fun camp for violists in the Northwest. She teaches over 50 private viola students. She has performed at the 33rd International Viola Congress.


Kathryn Eberle

Kathryn Eberle

Violin

Violinist Kathryn Eberle is the Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. She performs annually as soloist with the USO and has also made solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Eberle has collaborated with such artists as Edgar Meyer, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, and Ricardo Morales. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Missillac, Sewanee, Laguna Beach, Innsbrook and Festival Mozaic. A graduate of The Juilliard School, The Colburn School and the University of Southern California, Ms. Eberle studied with Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Lipsett and Cornelia Heard.


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Cello

Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education. He has been an active member in orchestras across Illinois and Indiana. He served as principal cellist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his master's degree. Programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the Indiana University Pre-College String Academy, and the Indiana University Fairview Violin Project under the direction of ASTA president, Dr. Brenda Brenner. From January to May of 2013, Mr. Fitzpatrick taught at both Concord Junior High and High School in Elkhart, Indiana, and at the Assumption Senior Girls' National School in Ireland. He is currently a cello instructor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and principal cellist of the Fairbanks Symphony.


Bryan Hall

Bryan Hall

Violin

Hailed by Cincinnati City Beat as “extraordinarily evocative” for his performances, Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall has enjoyed success as both a performer and teacher. He has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, and Cincinnati Accent Festival Orchestra. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor. In 2010, Bryan gave his Austin debut recital in collaboration with UT faculty pianist Anton Nel at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received an award for Outstanding Master of Music Degree Recital. Recently Dr. Hall has joined the faculty at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the violin/ viola professor and pedagogy coordinator. He will also serve as Concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.


Maureen Heflinger

Maureen Heflinger

Viola

Violist Maureen Heflinger is a multifaceted performer and educator who feels equally at home premiering new works, leading a viola sectional, and getting in and out of a headstand. After growing up in Fairbanks and studying with Marcus Thompson at New England Conservatory, Maureen enjoys a varied freelance career in Boston. She currently holds titles of Principal Violist and Chamber Fellow with Symphony Nova, and plays for Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Maureen is the Director of Chamber Music at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, teaches viola sectionals at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and maintains a private studio in Boston.


Brian Hodges

Brian Hodges

Cello

Cellist, Brian Hodges is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With his wife, Betsi Hodges, he has given recitals across the US, Canada and Italy. Brian is Associate Professor of Cello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Boise State University and is principal of the Boise Baroque Orchestra. He performs regularly with Classical Revolution: Boise, which has been featured at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and on Radio Boise. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he soloed with the San Antonio Symphony as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music earning his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and stayed on to complete his Master of Music degree in cello performance where he was the teaching assistant to Marcy Rosen. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence.He has been on the faculties of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, as well as Spring Arbor College and Albion University and has served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. During the summers, he has been on faculty at the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival in Las Vegas, the Summer Music Institute in San Antonio, TX, and the String Camp of Rochester.


Kathryn Hoffer

Kathryn Hoffer

Violin

Kathryn Hoffer, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, recently retired following a successful 40-year career as an educator in school orchestra and private studio settings. She is the director of the Society of Strings, an orchestra for intermediate level adult musicians, and is responsible for the orchestra program at Hiland Mountain Correctional Institution where there are three orchestras made up of approximately forty female inmates. Ms. Hoffer has been a member of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra since 1974 and concertmaster since 1983. She also plays for the Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Chorus and Alaska Chamber Singers. Honors include Music Educator of the Year from the Alaska Music Educators Association, BP Woman of Achievement, the Individual Artist Award in the Mayor's Arts Award program, and the American String Teachers Association Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award.


Lisa Ibias

Lisa Ibias

Violin

Lisa started playing the violin in Bend, Oregon with Wilma Hens at age 8. When she moved to Alaska, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study with Linda Rosenthal. Lisa studied violin performance at University of North Texas with Phil Lewis. She is currently the Concert Master of the Juneau Symphony, and owns and operates Alaskan Dames Consignment Shop in Juneau, Alaska.


Dawn Lindsay

Dawn Lindsay

Violin

Dawn Lindsay is recognized as one of Alaska's leading violinists, enjoying a diverse career that includes orchestral, chamber, broadway, and Baroque music. Dawn began her musical training at age five, studied at Indiana University and earned a degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas. She has performed Baroque violin with Anchorage Festival of Music and Alaska Chamber Singer concert series and studied Baroque violin at Queens College and Vancouver Early Music summer programs. Ms. Lindsay recently joined the faculty of University of Alaska, Anchorage as a violin instructor. She serves as concertmaster of Anchorage Opera Orchestra and is a member of the Anchorage Symphony. Outside of Anchorage, she performs with the Juneau Symphony and is a guest artist with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. A champion of music education, Dawn enjoys teaching a studio of violinists ages 3 to 63.


Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe

String Bass

Paul Sharpe is the Artist-Teacher of Double Bass at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is active internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. In the past several years he has performed in recital and presented masterclasses at Brazil’s International Double Bass Encounter, France’s Bass2008, the World Bass Festival in Poland, many national and regional double bass symposiums, the Cleveland Institute, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, University of North Texas, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He has performed as soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Anchorage Symphony, Orquestra de Camara Theatro Sao Pedro (Porto Allegre, Brazil), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. He greatly enjoys performing with the eclectic bass quartet, “Bad Boys of Double Bass,” and in the cello-bass duo with Brooks Whitehouse, “Low and Lower.” Prior to his appointment at UNCSA, he was a tenured professor at Texas Tech University, adjunct faculty at University of North Texas, and an instructor at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), and the Preucil School of Music. His principal teachers are Jeff Bradetich and Diana Gannett.


Andie Springer

Andie Springer

Violin; New Music Coordinator

Andie Springer is a violinist specializing in new and experimental music and theater. She is a founding member of and violinist in the ensembles Redshift, TRANSIT and Hotel Elefant, and has also performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, David Byrne, and many others. In 2016 James Moore and Andie Springer released their premiere album "Gertrudes" on New World Records. 2017 will see the release of "Dandelion," an audio-visual album of music for violin, voice, electronics and video. Andie is active in the theater through her work with New York City Players and Object Collection, whose pieces resulted in performances around the globe on mandolin, accordion, electric bass, percussion and voice. A native of Alaska, Andie is the Music Director and cofounder of Wild Shore New Music — a presenting organization dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music to the communities in and around Kachemak Bay, Alaska — and the New Music Coordinator of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Andie earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Andres Cardenes, and her MFA at New York University with Professor Arturo Delmoni. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the faculty the Larchmont Music Academy and St. Lukes School.

"The best joining of human and machine since RoboCop." - I Care If You Listen
"Model new-music citizen," -The New York Times


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