Vocal instruction is available as both private lessons and our Children’s Choral Ensemble.
Amber received her Bachelors of Music Performance from UAA and holds a Masters of Music Performance, Opera from University of British Columbia. She has been teaching for the last three years in the Anchorage area and in British Columbia, while studying there. Amber has performed with the Anchorage Opera and was recently chosen for the Metropolitan International Music Festival in New York.
Edward is a Senior in the UAA Music Program studying Voice. He’s been exposed to music all his life but did not take up singing seriously till about 3 years ago when he auditioned for The UAA Glee Club. Since then, he has hit the ground running, doing some lead/background vocals for local Tower Of Power cover band Power of Ten, performing a lead in UAA’s production of the “The Fantasticks”, singing the Star Spangled Banner at UAA’s fall 2014 commencement, winning the 2015 UAA Talent Competition, and soloing at the spring 2015 University Singers Concert. He has also created several acappella arrangements for the UAA Glee Club such as “Plain Gold Ring”, “Clarity” (collaborative effort), “National Anthem” (collaborative effort), and “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. He was recently seen on stage in the UAA Opera Ensemble’s production of Hansel and Gretel, where he played the witch! While he loves to perform live, his passion is songwriting and arranging. Edward recently released a project called #EdTheEp for free you can check it out here: www.edwashington.bandcamp.
Holly has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (Vocal) and Bachelors of Arts in Theatre (Technical Design & Stage Management) from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Holly taught her first year in San Antonio, TX at Today’s Stars Fine Arts Academy. There she taught voice, acting, and piano. Her second year was spent in Warren, MI where she had a split position of K-5 general music (Cromie Elementary) and 7th & 8th Grade choir (Carter Middle School). Next she taught early childhood music in Toledo, OH and Monroe, MI at various early childhood development centers using Music Learning Theory by Dr. Edwin Gordon. Music Learning Theory begins with listening, tapping the rhythm, saying the rhythm on a neutral syllable, singing the melody on a neutral syllable, and then adding words all while using the musical markings (dynamics, etc.) Holly then moved to Louisiana to live with her husband Mark and taught at Linear Charter School in Shreveport, LA. There she taught 6th, 7th, & 8th grade fine arts. The students explored choral singing, guitar, African drumming, art, and theatre. She also directed two productions and numerous choral concerts. From there she became an employee of the Noel Community Arts Program where she taught private voice and piano lessons and was promoted to Executive Director in 2010. In 2012 the Air Force sent Holly and her family to Alaska and Holly was happy to discover the AFAA right in her own backyard. Holly loves teaching the AFAA Children’s Choral Ensemble because it gets her back to the roots of her love for music education.