Melanie Bieniek has taught music in our schools for the past 18 years. Her principal instrument is the euphonium. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education (Instrumental emphasis) from the University of the Pacific in 2001. She received her Master’s of Education in Arts Integration from Lesley University in 2014. She has played with the Valley Concert Band (a professional wind ensemble in the San Joaquin Valley), the Fairbanks Community Band, and the University Wind Symphony. She is excited to be part of this program.
Tristan Hovest is a trumpet player and drummer who loves making music. When he is not playing music, he is teaching it at Lathrop High School. This will be his first year at Summer Music Academy, and he is very excited to work with such an amazing staff and fantastic students.
Rebecca Dunne studied horn performance at Northwestern University under Gail Williams and Dale Clevenger. She was awarded a Fulbright grant in Germany, where she pursued her studies at Folkwang Hochshule fuer Musik in Essen with Frank Lloyd. In the following years, she played second horn with Stadttheater Giessen and performed horn and Wagner tube in the Oper Bonn production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Rebecca currently performs with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Opera Fairbanks.
Laura Bergh is the Executive Director for the Fairbanks Symphony and part of the UAF Summer Music Academy Administrative Team.
Laura began her horn studies in the 4th grade at Denali Elementary and chose horn because her mother had one! She continues to play the instrument her mother purchased in 1953. Laura began performing with the Fairbanks Symphony in 1979 and studied with Jane Aspnes during high school and college. Laura has played with many different ensembles over the years including the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, FLOT Orchestra and the University Horn Choir.
Laura’s interest in hand bells began when a solo bell ringer was to perform at her church and offered to teach a group a couple of songs to play on her concert. She was hooked and in 2001 founded the Jubilee Bells Handbell Choir at University Baptist Church. In recent years Jubilee Bells has been featured with the Fairbanks Symphony at the annual Holiday Concert.