Stuart was born in Tachikawa, Japan and traveled across the country as an Air Force “brat” and then moved to Alaska as an officer in the United States Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard,serving with the 6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, the 354the Fighter Wing, and the 168th Air Refueling Wing. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in German at Auburn University in Alabama and a Master of Arts in Clarinet Performance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has studied clarinet with John Colbert, Dr. Robert Greenleaf, and Dr. Theodore DeCorso. He has been a member of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Arctic Chamber Orchestra for over 25 years and has also performed with the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, the UAF Wind Symphony, the UAF Jazz Band, and a variety of other ensembles.
Stuart has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on numerous occasions, teaching private and class lessons in clarinet, and preparing students for juries and other performances. As a graduate assistant he was also an instructor for music theory and ear training classes for undergraduate students. He has enjoyed helping students of all ability levels develop their musical skills.
Stuart has been the band and orchestra director at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks since 1998, teaching four elementary school groups and two combined junior/senior high school groups. Working with this wide age range has allowed him to be a part of the musical and personal growth of many students. He has enjoyed teaching these students their first notes and helping them hone their talents until they reach their full potential. It has been very fulfilling to watch students’ accomplishments as a performers, composers, or in other endeavors. During his tenure he has had students earn honors for All-State Band and Orchestra, Regional and State Solo and Ensemble, and All-Northwest Band and Orchestra.
It remains Stuart’s privilege to work with students of a wide variety of ages and experiences, and it is his goal to make music an enjoyable, lifelong experience for all them.
Dorli McWayne has been principal flutist of the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras since 1974 and a member of the UAF Music Department faculty since 1981. She was active in bringing a Suzuki Flute program to Fairbanks, and was the Artistic Director for the UAF Summer Music Academy for seven years. She has been the director of the Fairbanks Flutists since founding it in 1981 and a performer with the Aurora Chamber Players, the Northwind Trio, Chinook Winds, the Fairbanks Light Opera Theater, Opera Fairbanks, and the Western Opera Company. While serving on the Fairbanks Youth Orchestras Council for she participated in the formation of the Concert Orchestra. She taught at the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and has maintained a private flute studio in Fairbanks for over 40 years. Ms. McWayne has appeared as soloist with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra and the UAF Wind Ensemble. As a member of the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir, she has performed in cities across the country and served as conductor of the ensemble in Columbus, Ohio in 2000. She can be heard on 10 CDs with the National Flute Choir.
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.
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