UAF Summer Music Academy

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Save the date: June 5-16, 2023

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SMA is an intensive two week program of music education for middle & high school students on the beautiful University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The UAF Summer Music Academy seeks to provide a quality music educational experience for students who have completed grades 6 –12. It seeks to recruit and retain music students for the UAF Department of Music through educational experiences with UAF Music Faculty, Alumni and Guest Artists. All students of the appropriate age and musical experience are welcomed at the UAF Summer Music Academy regardless of race, religion, gender, or culture. We recognize that each student has a unique style and pace of learning, and we seek to provide opportunities for students to learn in their own style and at their own pace while fitting into the larger musical community.

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Full Day Registration: $600 + $75 Non-refundable registration fee = $675 Total

Mornings only: $300 + $75 Non-refundable registration fee = $375 Total

Need Help: How to Register

Mentorship and Scholarship Applications due by Friday, May 19, 2023 at 5pm.

Scholarship Application

Mentorship Application

Course Offerings, Concert Schedule, & Placement Audition Info


Faculty & Staff

The Academy faculty is drawn both from UAF Department of Music and local music teachers. Fairbanks is fortunate to have outstanding musicians. many of them UAF Alumni, who can offer an intensive, high-level musical and educational experience.

Trevor Adams (Alumni), High Strings

Nathan Arnold, Guitar/RockBand

Michael Austin (Alumni), High Strings

Rebecca Dunne (Faculty/Student), Horn/Fiddle

Dr. Jaunelle Celaire (Faculty), Artistic Director/Voice

Dr. Sean Dowgray(Faculty/ Alumni), Percussion/Jazz/RockBand

Dr. Kathryn Eagles (Faculty/Alumni), Flute

Steve Holmberg, Enrichment

Amy Horstman Ingram (Faculty/Alumni), Program Coordinator/ Voice

Tristan Hovest (Alumni), Band/Trumpet/Jazz

Avalon Lee, Bass

Suzanne McBride-Ruedy (Alumni), Piano

Jay Million (Alumni), Woodwinds

James Spontak (Alumni), Piano

Dr. Daniel Strawser (Faculty), Cello

Hannah Wagar (Alumni), Piano

Charles Woodward (Alumni), Low Brass

Educational Goals

To develop to the fullest, the artistic potential of each student through a broad musical educational experience.

To encourage community involvement and public service through performances and activities in Fairbanks community settings.

To promote excellence in music education with an “emphasis on Alaska, the North, and their diverse peoples" in accordance with the University of Alaska Fairbanks mission statement. 


The UAF Summer Music Academy is made possible with generous contributions. You can contribute to this amazing program by visiting

Or by mailing a donation to UA Foundation, P.O. Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5080. Checks should be made out to the UA Foundation with "UAF Summer Music Academy <level of Sponsorship>" in the memo line. 

Past SMA Sponsors Include: Design Alaska, The Bentley Trust Fund, Steve Holmberg, The Lyndsay Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, Sandy Clark