Adam Kohl was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. From a young age, music and the performing arts were an important part of his life. He performed and toured with the 2002 Boston Crusaders and 2005 Crossmen, Drum and Bugle Corps while attending Brigham Young University – Idaho, earning a degree in Tuba Performance in 2007. Mr. Kohl earned a position as a tubist in the Army Band, being stationed in South Carolina, Colorado, and Alaska, leaving the service in 2013. He is an active performer in the Fairbanks community where he serves as Principle Tubist with the Fairbanks Symphony and sits on the board of directors for Interior Independent Theatre.
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.