Our Staff

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Providing Unique Orchestral Experiences for Violin, Viola,
Cello & Bass students in Alaska and Across the Country

Sharon Dunckle - Camp Administrative Director
Sharon Dunckle has been always an active supporter of music, however, when her son attended Alaska String Camps in 1994, she immediately fell in love with the camp and the program. When Sally Jungreis stepped down in 1995 after incorporation (as a nonprofit) of the camp, Sharon was asked to step in as Camp Director. She continues as Camp Director, recently in conjunction with Michael Preskitt. Under her oversight the camp has evolved over the past 20 years. A high school camp was added and additional days were added to Intermediate camp. The remainder of the year, when not planning camp, Sharon runs Mike's Music, a music store in Eagle River. In 2003 Sharon's dedication to music was honored when she received the Music Advocate Award from the Alaska State Music Educators Association.

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Mari Jamieson - Violin and Mixed Ensemble Teacher
Mari Jamieson currently enjoys teaching 6th grade beginning orchestra in seven elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. Previously she taught South High School orchestra for four years. Before working for the Anchorage School District, Mari taught private and group viola and violin lessons for thirteen years, and before that, during a hiatus from the world of music, she taught job skills to people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities.

She is a member of the Anchorage Symphony and the folk group "Acoustic Banana," and has performed with the Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers, Alaska Klezmer Band, and the Anchorage Festival of Music. Her education includes a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota, graduate coursework at Indiana University School of Music, and numerous short-term Suzuki Teacher trainings, as well as continuing education through UAA, the Ohio State Teacher's Workshop and Indiana University's Retreat for string teachers. She loves to play music outdoors and has taken her "camping violin" kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, and rafting. She will teach violin at Alaska String Camps this summer. 

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Amber Mattfield - Improvisation and Violin Teacher
Amber Mattfield is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. During her undergraduate work, she maintained a private violin studio and served as a violin instructor for El Sistema Oklahoma. Amber's teaching experience ranges from teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestra, as well as adult beginners. She has coached sectionals for various string ensembles, and has a performance history with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Smith Symphony. Amber also maintains an active musical career as a collaborative studio musician, violinist, pianist, and singer/songwriter in classical, indie folk, and Christian music genres. Amber will be teaching violin, small ensembles, and improvisation at the three String Camps this summer.

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Kim Moore - Administrative Assistant
As the Administrative Assistant for Alaska String Camps, Kim Moore is the first contact with the public regarding all registration duties. Her concentrated work begins in March, and she works closely with the Camp Director to make sure that all preparations for campers are ready when camp begins. She is at camp to register all campers on the first day of each camp and continues to do administrative work needed by the directors during camp. Kim's daughter attended String Camp for several years, and when Kim was asked to be Administrative Assistant in 2006, she was already an ardent supporter. Kim has lived in Anchorage for forty five years, most of her life, and has worked with Carrs/Safeway for thirty years, where she is now the District Administrative Assistant.

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Wendy Parsons - Camp Nurse
Since 1994 Wendy Parsons has been the String Camp nurse who serves twenty four hours a day for the duration of the camps. She moved from the lower 48 in 1982 and has lived in Anchorage ever since. She graduated from a 4-year nursing program in Seattle in 1970 and has been a school nurse since 1988. Wendy has a bachelors degree in nursing, and in 2013 earned a masters degree in Public Health. She has received her National Certification in School Nursing through the National School Nurses Association. Wendy Parsons works at Campbell Elementary as a full-time school nurse during the school year.

Michael Preskitt - Camp Program Director
Michael (Mapy) Preskitt has been teaching music privately since 2003, and continues to run a successful private studio specializing in orchestral strings, guitar, and electric bass. He maintains a busy schedule as a freelance bassist. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014 and is an elementary classroom music teacher at Eagle River Elementary. Michael's history with the camp began as a camper, and he has been involved in many capacities since 1998. Michael has been Assistant Director of Alaska String Camps for many years and In addition to his responsibilities in managing the campers, he teaches cello and ensembles. He has served on the Board of Directors for Alaska String Camps for many years, including as the president.

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Mary Schallert - Theory Teacher
Mary Schallert is the founder and director of Alaska Folk Arts in Anchorage, a youth camp for kids' community music and dance which has been active since 1993. Mary has taught violin, fiddle, guitar and other traditional music instruments for over 30 years in Alaska. She has produced several CDs. She taught fiddle at the Anchorage Suzuki Institute for 15 years and she has a very active studio that involves private students and group classes. Mary is currently teaching orchestra at the Anchorage Waldorf. In the fall and spring of 2011/12 she helped to organize an adult community orchestra with violinist Kathryn Hoffer. In 2013 Mary was named the BP Teacher of Excellence. She is a former Board member for The Anchorage Folk Festival and currently a board member for the Alaska String Camps. Mary has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a minor in Music from Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles California. She worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for Outpatient Mental Health for ten years, as well as a substance abuse nurse. She has made music her full time job since 1989. Mary has taught fiddle and violin at Alaska String Camps off and on since the 90s. This year she will share her skills in a new way, teaching Theory.

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Adam Stewart - Fiddle and Violin Teacher
Adam Stewart's love of music began at the age of three after discovering his mother's elementary-school violin in a closet. Since then, he has earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, won awards for performance and composition, and performed on hundreds of stages around the U.S., and Internationally, along side well known Country Music recording-artists and as a member of other award-winning ensembles. After living in Nashville, Tennessee for seven years, Adam returned to Anchorage in the summer of 2015 where he is proud to continue the tradition of high-quality Music Education in Alaska. In addition to his private studio, he works with school orchestras and music programs throughout Anchorage. Adam also performs regularly with the Anchorage Symphony, the Praise & Worship Team at Muldoon Community Assembly, and Alaska's premier Country group - the Ken Peltier Band. Adam is happy to be teaching at Birchwood String Camp, which he attended as an elementary school and middle school student.

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Rebecca MacLeod, Guest Music Director
Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she directs the string education program and conducts the UNCG Sinfonia. Prior to joining the UNCG faculty, she was the assistant artistic director and conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in Tallahassee, Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and was orchestra director and chair of music activities in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Dr. MacLeod is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of String Research, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Psychology of Music and the American String Teachers Journal. Her research on at-risk string programs, effective instrumental rehearsals, vibrato technique, and music perception has been presented at the National Association for Music Education Conference, American String Teacher's National Conference, International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Society for Music Teacher Educators and various state conferences.

Dr. MacLeod received a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and MME and PhD degrees from Florida State University. She serves on faculty at the Florida State University summer music camps and is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.

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Katie Eakes, Bass and Ensemble Teacher
Katie Eakes started playing bass in 6th grade. As a high school student she studied with Jeanne Bruhn and graduated as principal bassist of East High School Orcestra, the Anchorage Youth Symphony, and the All State Orchestra. In addition, she was selected for All Northwest Orchestra. At Texas Tech University she studied bass with Paul Sharpe, orchestra under Gary Lewis, and music education with Bruce Wood. She graduated as principal bassist of the Texas Tech University Symphony, with a degree in Music Education, emphasis on bass. As a student she was a tenured member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and traveled around Northwest Texas playing for many smaller events. After completing college she moved back to Alaska and started teaching Orchestra in the Anchorage School District. A year later she received tenure with the Anchorage Symphony. and has played with the orchestra for ten years. She has played with the Anchorage Opera for over seven years, sometimes as principal bassist. She is currently teaching the-8th grade orchestras at three schools in addition to her symphony and opera responsiblities. Mrs. Eakes will teach bass in the High School Camp this summer.

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Ruth Hogle, Cello and Ensemble Teacher
Ruth Hogle has played the cello for fifteen years and finds deep fulfillment in using her music to work with people. Her passion for performing was ignited as a high schooler during her time at the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued through her time at DePaul University in Chicago as a cello performance major. While in college, she discovered her love for using music to reach people of all cultures, spending four years teaching in various Chicago neighborhoods and two summers teaching in Peru. Ruth moved to Anchorage to pursue teaching full time as a sixth grade orchestra teacher. She also greatly enjoys performing with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra as a cello section member. Ruth will teach cello in the Elementary and Intermediate String Camps.

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Bob Olsen, Bass and Ensemble Teacher
Bob is the longtime principal bass of the Fairbanks Symphony, Juneau Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. He holds degrees from University of Wisconsin and Western Oregon with post graduate work at the Peabody Conservatory. Retired after 29 years with the Fairbanks North star Borough, Bob is the current bass instructor at University Alaska Fairbanks.

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Dori Olsen, Violin and Ensemble Teacher
Dori is a lifelong Alaskan, who started playing the violin at the age of 9 in the Anchorage School District. She received a Bachelor of Music Ed. From University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a Master of Science in Education from Western Oregon University. During her college years she also studied music at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. She is retired from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District where she taught orchestra for 27 years. She is a violinist in the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and the Juneau Symphony.

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Karen Tornfelt, Violin and Ensemble Teacher
Karen Tornfelt graduated from Willamette University with a BMED and has taught all levels of orchestra both in a private studio and public institutions. Ms. Tornfelt is a certified Suzuki Violin Method instructor and has had a successful violin studio for over 40 years. She has directed the training orchestra at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and taught privately while raising her five children. She is on the board of the Alaska String Camp and has taught violin at the camp for many years.

Ms. Tornfelt was active in the Challis String Quartet and has played violin with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra., and many other performance groups.

Ms. Tornfelt currently teaches orchestra at Dimond High School and Wendler Middle School.

When Ms. Tornfelt is not teaching she likes to ski, both alpine and cross country, or ice skate. In the summer she like to camp and hike in Alaska and travel outside Alaska. Her indoor hobbies are crafts, which include creating fused glass pieces and many different sewing projects.

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Janeen Wilkins, Viola and Ensemble Teacher
**Janeen Ceparano Wilkins** is a performing violinist and violist who completed her Master's and Bachelor's Degrees of music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Her studies there, in addition to viola performance, involved string pedagogy combined with arts administration. Janeen is the recipient of several awards including the Career Development Grant from the American Association of University Women, the Eubie and Marion Blake Memorial scholarship, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship given to artists and musicians studying in Paris, France and the Rochester Chapter LINKS scholarship for African American students of the Eastman School. She is a former faculty member of both the Hochstein Music School and the Eastman Community Music School. She has run her own private music teaching business where she taught students ages 3 through adult for the last 16 years. She performs regularly throughout Anchorage, Alaska and currently teaches Orchestra full time at East Anchorage High School and runs an after school Suzuki program at the Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences. She enjoys Argentinian tango dancing and rock climbing in her spare time.

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