Bryan Emmon Hall

Hailed by Cincinnati City Beat as “extraordinarily evocative” for his performances, Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall has enjoyed success as both a performer and teacher. He has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Winston- Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, Cincinnati Accent Festival Orchestra, Central Texas Orchestra, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor. In 2010, Bryan gave his Austin debut recital in collaboration with UT faculty pianist Anton Nel at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hall is currently the violin/ viola professor at The University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he also serves as concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Fairbanks Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra.

Nathan Arnold

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Alaska-based cellist Ryan Fitzpatrick has an active musical career across the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has been an active member in orchestras across the country, including serving as assistant principal in Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is currently the principal cellist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and performs in the Alaska Piano Trio, which is set to perform in the Sitka Winter Classic chamber music series in 2019. His notable teachers have included Emilio Colón, Marc Coppey, Helga Winold, Richard Aaron, and Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Fitzpatrick has worked with schools and ensembles in Ireland, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Alaska. Recent programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the University of Alaska Summer Music Academy, the Fairbanks School of Talent Education, and the Alaska Cello Intensive. He currently serves on the board for the Alaska Music Educators Association and presented at its most recent state conference. He is also President-elect of the Alaska chapter of the American String Teachers Association and a certified Suzuki Method instructor.

Mr. Fitzpatrick earned his degrees from Indiana University and the University of Illinois.

Mr. Fitzpatrick currently teaches cello and music education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and performs on two cellos; a 2017 William Whedbee and a Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello.

Avalon Lee

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.