James Spontak has had a broad and varied musical background. He has studied both piano and trombone at the collegiate level. He began studying piano in his hometown of Chicago and continued his studies here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has served as accompanist for the Fairbanks Suzuki Strings program for more than 25 years and the Aurora Women’s Chorale since its inception. In addition, he currently is accompanist for the Northland Youth Choir and the recently formed Borealis Men’s Chorale. He teaches piano privately and serves as accompanist for many students in Fairbanks.