UAF Summer Music Academy


Registration is currently open

We are running an early registration discount of $75 dollars off. The coupon for this discount is SMAEARLY24.

How to Register


Save the date: June 3-14, 2024

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SMA is an intensive two week program of music education for middle & high school students on the beautiful University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The UAF Summer Music Academy seeks to provide a quality music educational experience for students who have completed grades 5 –12. It seeks to recruit and retain music students for the UAF Department of Music through educational experiences with UAF Music Faculty, Alumni and Guest Artists. All students of the appropriate age and musical experience are welcomed at the UAF Summer Music Academy regardless of race, religion, gender, or culture. We recognize that each student has a unique style and pace of learning, and we seek to provide opportunities for students to learn in their own style and at their own pace while fitting into the larger musical community.


Full Day Registration

 $675 + $75 Non-refundable registration fee = $750 Total

Half Day Registration

 $350+ $75 Non-refundable registration fee = $425 Total


The UAF Summer Music Academy Jazz Band performs at the Davis Concert Hall, Friday, June 15, 2012. | UAF Photo by JR Ancheta

Mentorship and Scholarship Applications due by Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 5pm.







Faculty & Staff

The Academy faculty is drawn both from UAF Department of Music and local music teachers. Fairbanks is fortunate to have outstanding musicians. many of them UAF Alumni, who can offer an intensive, high-level musical and educational experience.




High Strings



Nathan Arnold

Guitar / RockBand



Michael Austin

High Strings



Artistic Director/Voice


Jenna Dreydoppel

Voice and Crew Lead


Faculty / Alumni


Caleb Herron





Program Coordinator/ Voice


Tristan Hovest



Stuart Hudson





Suzanne McBride-Ruedy





Shawn Savageau









Charles Woodward

Low Brass




Educational Goals


  • To develop to the fullest, the artistic potential of each student through a broad musical educational experience.


  • To encourage community involvement and public service through performances and activities in Fairbanks community settings.


  • To promote excellence in music education with an “emphasis on Alaska, the North, and their diverse peoples" in accordance with the University of Alaska Fairbanks mission statement. 
UAF Summer Music Academy students perform at Charles W. Davis Concert Hall on Friday, June 16, 2023. | UAF Photo by Marina Santos
UAF's Summer Music Academy students watch peers perform on stage at the Davis Concert Hall during their daily concert hour performances. | UAF Photo by JR Ancheta


The UAF Summer Music Academy is made possible with generous contributions. You can contribute to this amazing program here or by mailing a donation to UA Foundation, P.O. Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5080. Checks should be made out to the UA Foundation with "UAF Summer Music Academy <level of Sponsorship>" in the memo line. 


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

  Title Sponsors ($5,000 or more)
The Bentley Trust Fund | Design Alaska
  Advocate ($1,000-$2,999)
Jack Wilbur | Usibelli Foundation | Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
  Supporter ($500-$999)
Sandy Clark | Jane J. Zimmerman
  Friend ($50-$499)
Barb A. Hameister | Maggie M. Billington

and the Lyndsay Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund.




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