Lynne Tobin grew up in Plymouth, Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, both in Cello Performance.
An independent school educator for 40 years, Lynne currently teaches general music and strings at the Pathfinder School and plays cello with the Traverse Symphony in addition to conducting the unique, multi-generational community orchestras, Civic Prelude and Civic Chamber Strings. Ms Tobin has presented lectures and clinics for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Georgia and Michigan Music Educators Associations, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools in Manila, Philippines and the Alaska String Camps.
Lynne came to Traverse City from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she taught strings and photography at the Emerson School and was director of The Michigan Children of SCORE (String, Choral, Orff and Recorder Ensemble) and the Junior and Sterling String Orchestras through the School for the Performing Arts. She is a recipient of the 2014 Traverse Bay Area Outstanding Educators Award. Prior to Lynne’s work in Ann Arbor, she taught at the Savannah Country Day School in Georgia for 15 years and was principal cellist of the Savannah Symphony. To thank her for many years of work with children in the community, the Mayor proclaimed April 18, 1994 as ‘Lynne Tobin Day’ in the city of Savannah.
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. Michael received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage and teaches at Bartlett High School.
Michael's history with the camp began as a camper, and he has been involved in many capacities since 1998. 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, Inc. for many years, including several terms as president.
Sarah Odom has been involved with Alaska String Camps, Inc for over a decade starting as a camper after 5th grade. Coming to camp continues to highlight her summer as she has evolved from a camper to support staff. When Sarah is not at camp she enjoys being a dietitian. Although her professional career path did not follow music, Sarah continues to support music by facilitating opportunities for others.
More staff biographies will be added as we hire our teachers for this year.