Dr. Kathryn Eagles
Dr. Kathryn Eagles is a flutist and educator from Fairbanks, Alaska. She holds both a BM and MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her primary teachers include Dorli McWayne and Christina Jennings. In addition to her studies at the university, she has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Hilary Abigana from The Forth Wall, John Barcellona, Nicole Esposito, Dr. Naomi Seidman, Lisa Garner Santa, Lorna McGhee, Claire Chase, and Carol Wincenc.
As an active orchestral flutist, Dr. Eagles performs with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Mahlerfest Colorado, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard on the newest Indigo Girls album, playing second flute and piccolo with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she held the positions of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra for many years. Dr. Eagles also has a profound interest in both contemporary and classical repertoire for the flute. She has performed chamber music at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C., the National Flute Association Conventions, and the Gumi International Music Festival in Gumi, South Korea.
Dr. Eagles’s duo, The Midnight Sun Two, is finishing their debut album: From Light to Dark. This album consists of new chamber works for flute and percussion, from composers Emerson Eads (Alaska), Lucus Oikle (Canada), Olivia Kieffer (USA), John Drumheller (USA), Molly Joyce (USA), and Derek Charke (Canada).
Dr. Eagles is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Flute Instructor at both the Parlando School of Musical Arts and Rocky Ridge Music Academy. In addition, she maintains an active private studio, teaches chamber music at MSU Denver’s Summer Flute Institute, and served as the interim flute faculty at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Eagles is a certified instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a member of the National Flute Association, and currently, she is the President of the Colorado Flute Association.
Born and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, Candy Rydlinski began her music studies on piano and oboe at an early age. Her teachers include Harvey McGuire of the Cleveland Orchestra, David McGuire, and Jane Green. Ms. Rydlinski holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University.
In 1983 she was appointed principal oboist with the 76th U.S. Army Band, Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Her Army Band experience included numerous tours to England, France, Belgium and The Netherlands as well as many Woodwind Quintet performances throughout Germany. In 1996 she became the principal Oboist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she has been a faculty member of the UAF Summer Music Academy since 1996 and she has performed with Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre and Opera Fairbanks.
Eileen Gillette is the conductor for the Concert Band at SMA. She can also be found teaching music theory courses, flute ensemble, and celtic music. Eileen Gillette was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia and grew up as an Army brat. She began to play the flute in 6th grade and became involved in band and choir at Lathrop High School when her family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. After high school, Eileen began her Music Education degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and completed it at Kansas University in 2007. She studied flute under the guidance of her teachers and mentors, Dorli McWayne and David Fedele. She is currently working toward a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
After moving back to Alaska, she started working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as an elementary band teacher. Currently in her 12th year of teaching, she switched gears 2 years ago and joined the dark side of elementary general music! She is extremely passionate about helping students reach their full potential and to gain the skills that will help them to be more self sufficient musicians. She has adjudicated for Regional Solo and Ensemble and audition recordings for All State for flute. Over the years she has enjoyed playing in the Fairbanks Community Band, UAF Wind Symphony, Fairbanks Flutists, FLOT pit orchestra, and sung in the Aurora Women’s Chorale. She is married with a lovely daughter, Kiaya, and two dogs.