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, a native of Bourbonnais, Illinois, graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013, where he earned his degree in Music Education. He has also served as assistant principal cellist for the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and Indiana University Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was the assistant principal cellist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and attended the Aspen Music Festival. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the Fairbanks Symphony. His notable teachers have included Emilio Colón, Marc Coppey, Helga Winold, Richard Aaron, and Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the Indiana University Young Winds Band Program, Indiana University Pre-College String Academy, and the Indiana University Fairview Violin Project under the direction of ASTA president, Dr. Brenda Brenner. From January to May of 2013, Mr. Fitzpatrick taught at both Concord Junior High and High School in Elkhart, Indiana, and at the Assumption Senior Girls’ National School in Walkinstown, Ireland. He was the Orchestra Director at Limestone Middle School in Herscher, Illinois, and is currently teaching cello and music education and performs with the Alaska Trio at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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.