Dawn Lindsay is recognized as one of Alaska’s leading violinists, enjoying a diverse career that includes orchestral, chamber, broadway, crossover and baroque music. She has performed baroque violin locally with Anchorage Festival of Music and Alaska Chamber Singer’s Bach Cantata series, as well as completing baroque studies at Queens College and Vancouver EarlyMusic summer programs. Dawn began her musical training at age five as a Suzuki violinist. She studied at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig, and holds a degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas. Ms. Lindsay recently joined the faculty of University of Alaska, Anchorage as a violin instructor. She is also a member of the Anchorage Symphony and holds the position of concertmaster with Anchorage Opera Orchestra. Outside of Anchorage, she performs regularly with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, Juneau’s Amalga Chamber Group and is a guest artist with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. A champion of education, she enjoys a studio of young violinists.
Born and educated in Chicago, Illinois, George holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University. He has studied bassoon with James Berkenstock and Norbert Nielubowski of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, and with David Muller of Los Angeles California. In 1983, he joined the Army and has served as bassoonist with the 76th Army Band, in Kaiserslautern, West Germany. He has also played with the Fourth US Army Band at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, the US Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, Virginia and with the 9th Army Band at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, where he retired as the First Sergeant of the Band.
In 1996 he became the principal Bassoonist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2001. He was appointed Director of the UAF Wind Symphony in the Fall of 2016. Mr. Rydlinski is active throughout Alaska as a woodwind coach and guest performer.
Nathan Arnold is a guitarist who has performed in a wide variety of styles and venues. From popular styles to classical and jazz, he has been an active participant in making and teaching music where he lives.
Mr. Arnold joined the UAF Summer Music Academy Faculty in 2014. His teaching duties include guitar master classes, guitar lessons, guitar ensemble and ukulele. His early studies in music where at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, before transferring to the University of Idaho to study classical guitar at the Lionel Hampton School of Music. He has performed numerous solo works for guitar as well as guitar ensemble and has performed in many popular styles with modern groups. An advocate of new music and guitar education, he is passionate about the development of guitar programs in schools.
For the past three years Mr. Arnold has taught general music at North Pole Elementary. In addition to current trends in music education, his classes offer students the opportunity to study the guitar and ukulele. His guitar students have performed with Orff Ensembles as well as Orchestras. He also maintains an active private studio of guitar students in the Fairbanks area, instructing a wide variety of students and styles.
Avalon Lee, born and raised in Fairbanks began studying the double bass as an elementary student with teacher, Sheryl Fry. She continued her studies with Bob Olson, Vince Cee, and Paul Sharpe. In addition to four years of Solo Ensemble Avalon was the Gold Medalist for three of her four years at Alaska All State Orchestra, attended All-Northwest, and National High School Honors Orchestra. She was fortunate to be able to perform and travel with the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra throughout her high school years.
Avalon was a finalist in the Concerto Competition at the Strings International Music Festival where she performed at Kimmel Hall in Philadelphia. She twice attended the Eastern Music Festival where she was Principal Bass, studying under Meredith Johnson. Avalon graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in 2013, with a Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance. She was Principal Bass of Peabody Concert Orchestra and Peabody Symphony Orchestra three of her four years. While there, she studied with Paul Johnson and attended/performed in master classes with Hal Robinson, Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, Jeffrey Weisner, Ranaan Meyer, Ira Gold, Alex Hanna and many others.
Avalon was invited to the University of Manitoba in Canada on a full scholarship where she earned her Masters of Music in double bass performance in 2015. She is currently the Principal Bass of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. Avalon has been a substitute bassist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent guest artist at various Manitoba events. She teaches double bass and volunteers in the community.
Avalon has performed with ensembles in Germany, Greece, Canada, and South Korea as well as many states in the U.S.