Department of Music

Northern Lights String Orchestra

The Northern Lights String Orchestra, under the music direction of Dr. Kathleen Butler-Hopkins and conducted by Dr. John Hopkins, is dedicated to the performance of large and small scale works written for string orchestra. The group has explored the gamut of string orchestra repertoire from early Baroque through contemporary literature. The NLSO also adds wind, brass, and percussion as needed to perform works for full orchestra. It had its beginning as an outgrowth of the North Star Strings, as advanced members were interested in a more intense string orchestra experience. The North Star Strings is a group of adult string players who operate under the umbrella of the Fairbanks Symphony organization. The members of the NLSO benefit from an in-depth experience in string techniques as they relate to orchestra playing.      

The NLSO is comprised of music majors and minors, students in other disciplines, and community members. The group has been in existence for over fifteen years, has featured student soloists, and has supported performances by The Choir of the North and the UAF Opera Workshop