Violin Studio



Nanook Strings

Violin/ Viola students enjoy an intense study in our rich repertoire. UAF String Area provides ample performance and collaborative opportunities through Northern Lights String Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Music at One, chamber music courses, faculty collaborations, and weekly performance masterclasses. Two options for study include Class Violin/Viola Lessons or Private Violin/Viola Lessons. 

Class lessons do not require an end of semester jury and meet once a week in a group lesson.  

Private lessons come with a more one on one experience, perfect for students who seek a more in-depth study. It offers a weekly one hour lesson, a large ensemble requirement (NLSO or FSO), piano rehearsals and coaching with collaborative pianist Dr. Lorna Eder, an end of semester jury, and a weekly masterclass. 

String Masterclass occurs weekly on Monday nights and meets from 5:00pm-6:45 pm in the McGown room FA 217.

Northern Lights String Orchestra meets Mondays from 7:00pm-8:30 pm in Davis Concert Hall.

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra meets Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:30 pm.

We encourage non-music majors, music minors, and music majors alike. Extra opportunities include masterclasses and collaborations from world class string artists like Shelia Browne, soloist and Juilliard faculty; David Kim, Concertmaster of Philadelphia Symphony; members of the Cypress Quartet; Gabriel Pegis, Principal second of Cincinnati Symphony; Kathryn Eberle, Associate Concertmaster of Utah Symphony; Daniel Han, section violin in the Philadelphia Symphony; Brian Lewis, soloist and UT Austin faculty; Kevin Lawrence, violin faculty UNCSA; Christopher Luther, violist and fiddler; Svend Rønning, Concertmaster of Tacoma Symphony; and Matthew Thomas Troy, guest conductor.

Recent student successes include:

Lisa Ibias ‘19. Soloist with Juneau Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Juneau Symphony.

Rose Crelli, ’18. Assistant Principal of Huntsville Symphony. Graduate Assistantship at University of Louisville.

Trevor Adams, ‘15 & ’17. Scholarship recipient and Teaching Assistantship at Roosevelt University, Film Composition Degree.

Heidi O’Connor Brooks, ‘15/’16. Hired with Anchorage School District after completing full assistantship MAT program in UASE.


Leah Nenaber

Leah Nenaber

Violin Instructor


Fine Arts 219

Returning to her hometown of Fairbanks after living on the East Coast, West Coast and in between, Leah Nenaber is passionate about how music brings diverse people together. She enjoys a myriad of musical expressions, and helping people communicate via music.  Earning her B.M. and M.M. degrees in violin performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, she studied with Paul Kantor, Stephen Rose and Linda Cerone, as well as Anne Epperson, Peter Salaff, Peter Slowik and the Cavani Quartet for chamber music.  Working on Bach under Judith Ingolfsson’s tutelage inspired her to pursue Baroque violin, which she studied with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has performed in Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, the Westmoreland Symphony, and in front of a broad spectrum of audiences from military families to prison inmates and rehab facilities. Favorite collaborations include those with the Alaska Quartet and a small orchestra of Fairbanks musicians who joined forces to play with the Whitestone Choir alongside Emerson Eads.  Leah's appreciation of the tradition of famous composers quo ting folk music in their masterpieces led to a keen interest in exploring Bluegrass and Scottish styles, among others. Leah is excited to educe the strengths from UAF's upper strings students this year and continue to develop the amazing local talent that Fairbanks has always produced.


For string ensembles details, please visit the Ensembles page