Hannah Wagar

Hannah Wagar has studied piano for 22 years, including six years of collegiate level studies and has been teaching piano since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011, including the performance of two solo concert performances un the direction of Dr. Eduard Zilberkant.

Her goal as a piano instructor is to provide the solid foundation needed for developing the musical abilities of young musicians while inspiring them to enjoy sharing their music for the enjoyment and aid of others and encouraging a love of music as a valuable part of each student’s life.

Suzanne McBride-Ruedy

Suzanne McBride-Ruedy currently lives in North Pole, Alaska. She owns her own business of piano teaching and piano accompanying, and has been actively teaching for over 35 years, and accompanying for 18. Suzanne loves teaching people of all ages and abilities to play the piano. She currently enjoys accompanying for the UAF Choir of the North, Fairbanks Symphony Chorus, University Baptist Church, and individual vocal students.

Suzanne studied at UAF under the instruction of Dr. Edward Zilberkant and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Piano Performance and Accompanying both from UAF. Suzanne is excited to work for the UAF Summer Music Academy as an accompanist and piano teacher. This will be her 12th year working for SMA.

Jim Spontak

Bio coming soon!

Paul Krejci

Paul Krejci holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His research combines the disciplines of music and anthropology and examines musicultural change and early musical processes of globalization among indigenous cultures of northern Alaska and northwestern Canada during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. His ethnohistorical studies also include current ethnomusicological fieldwork focusing on the state of present-day indigenous musical forms. In the summer of 2013, he conducted musical and historical research on a 46-foot motorsailer, spending six weeks traveling along the Arctic coastline from Nome, Alaska to Baillie Island, Canada. In the summer of 2014, Krejci participated as a 38th Voyager, a project organized by Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, marking the return of the Charles W. Morgan, the last of America’s 19th-century whaling fleet to the sea. His study highlights the global importance of whaling music during the 19th and 20th centuries with a particular focus on the Arctic.

Dr. Krejci currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history (MUS 221, MUS 222, MUS 421, MUS 422, MUS 423, MUS 424, MUS 625), music theory (MUS 131 and MUS 132), and Alaska Native and circumpolar music (MUS 223). He also teaches for the UAF Department of Philosophy and Humanities. Additionally, Krejci has worked as a staff piano accompanist and taught courses for the UAF Music Department in general world music (MUS 124), music appreciation (MUS 123), and the history of popular music (MUS 122). He is presently working on book projects focusing on the historical role of music in the Western Arctic and the lives and careers of Arctic traders/explorers active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his past projects was the organization and interpretation of the archival documents of the late Dr. Thomas Johnston, the UAF Department of Music resident ethnomusicologist until 1994.

Dr. Krejci holds Bachelors degrees in Music and Philosophy from UAF, both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from UAF, and a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He is active as a solo pianist, piano accompanist, piano teacher, organist, and studio musician. As a keyboardist, Krejci performs, composes, and arranges for local bands and presently leads various groups experimenting in fusion styles including jazz, funk, rock, classical, and world music. He has composed, arranged, and produced music for television and film and was an Alaska Public Radio Network Song of the Year Winner in the Instrumental Category in 2004. Finally, Dr. Krejci volunteers his time serving as board vice president and artist selection committee chair for the Fairbanks Concert Association, which actively promotes and presents high-quality performing arts events and educational outreach opportunities to Alaska’s Interior.