The UAA Department of Music hosted its first annual "Winter Music Fest" on January 19 & 20, 2013. The goal was to invite talented high school music students to campus to experience a high level of music making in a university environment.
High school music teachers from around the state nominated over 200 of their most talented music students for the fest. Approximately 80 students (some from as far away as Juneau!) were selected and came to campus to participate in the festival orchestra, choir and band.
The students mentored and participated with UAA music majors in the ensembles and were directed by UAA faculty members Dr. Lee Wilkins (orchestra), Dr. Grant Cochran (choir), and Dr. Mark Wolbers (band). After one day of intensive rehearsal, the festival orchestra, choir and band presented a fabulous concert in the East high school auditorium to enthusiastic audience applause. We're already looking forward to next year!