Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet Juneau's New String Quartet-in-Residence

Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), the Juneau Symphony, and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) are proud to announce their scholarship recipients who will serve as members of the Juneau String Quartet-in-Residence while pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching (MAT) with certification in K-12 Music.  The Juneau String Quartet will conduct their teaching internships at JAMM school sites and music classrooms within the Juneau School District, as well as perform in the Juneau Symphony.  These musicians passionate about education and music for social change will contribute to Juneau's vibrant arts community.

Lindsay Clark (violin): Lindsay was born and raised in Juneau and has participated with many musical groups locally and in Salem, Oregon, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Willamette University.  In addition to classical music, Lindsay performed in many bluegrass, old time, and free improvisational bands.  She hopes to share her love for the diversity of the violin to students and peers.  Lindsay enjoys swimming, traveling, and everything the great outdoors of Juneau have to offer.

Heidi O'Connor-Brook (violin):  As a musician and former collegiate athlete, Heidi is passionate about the importance of arts, culture and healthy living in the lives of children and youth.  Graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Heidi grew up in the rural Yukon Territory near Whitehorse.  Heidi spent four years as a private instructor for the Young Native Fiddlers.  She has also taught Suzuki violin and traditional fiddling for community programs and public schools in Whitehorse.

Sophia Butler (viola): With a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Olaf College, Sophia is classically trained, but also has a love for folk music and ethnomusicology.  Having taught private lessons to a range of ages, Sophia is motivated by her students' diverse ways of learning and enjoyment of playing their instrument. Having also studied peace and conflict in Northern Ireland, Sophia is interested making music in order to build stronger and more peaceful relationships and communities.
   
Ruth Hogle (cello):  With a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from DePaul University, Ruth has dedicated her time to teaching cello with various El Sistema programs in Chicago, including The People's Music School and Ravinia's Reach, Teach, Play program.  She has also spent her past two summers teaching cello with a nonprofit called VivaPeru and the El Sistema program, Arpegio Peru in Trujillo, Peru.  While teaching is her main passion, Ruth has also greatly enjoyed performing chamber music and playing in DePauls' Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.

The quartet's first summer class is Voices on the Land where participants will learn how to apply brain research into their classroom practice and understand how the arts increase student engagement and achievement.  A particular focus will be the cultural arts of Southeast Alaska and performing arts that can amplify the stories of this region - in person and via media.  The quartet will work with teachers, local artists and cultural leaders to explore a variety of arts activities that they can use to integrate the performing, visual, cultural and media arts into their curriculum.

For more information:  University of Alaska Southeast's MAT in Secondary Education with a Certification in K-12 Music program.

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