After a short break following high school, Bill Klemm enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served at the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Cherry Point, NC. In 1991, he returned to his home state of Texas playing bass trombone for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra while studying at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. His teachers were Houston Symphony co-principal John McCroskey and Houston Ballet and Opera Orchestra principal Brian Kauk. While at UH, Bill won the auditions for all of the top tier ensembles such as jazz orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphony orchestra. During the summers, Bill also played for several summer music festivals. At the Texas Music Festival and Round Top Music Festival orchestras, Bill enriched his experience playing a wide variety of new music and standard orchestral repertoire under the batons of renown conductors such as Leon Spierer, Sidney Harth, Maxim Shostakovich, and A. Clyde Roller. Bill also worked as a private lesson instructor and adjudicator for area UIL competitions.
After earning a Bachelors of music in music composition, Bill continued to moonlight as a free-lance musician playing in several orchestras in the greater Houston area including the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Energy Corridor Houston Orchestra (ECHO), and The Texas Medical Center Orchestra.
At the end of 2017, Bill took early retirement from Rice University in Houston, TX, and traveled to beautiful Southcentral Alaska where he now calls home.
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.