Create Your Career in Music


Vocal Students
Share your musical talents with those around you while you prepare for a meaningful career pursuing your passion

The UAF Department of Music strives to prepare its students for 21st century musical careers by providing a rigorous coursework curriculum and opportunities for a variety of musical experiences and numerous community partnerships. The UAF Music Department is a cultural hub of Fairbanks and by extension the rest of Alaska. It provides graduating students with performance and educational skills in preparation for the workforce in Alaska and beyond, as well as a broad skill-set of knowledge to meet the needs of an every-changing world. Graduates of our program go on to diverse careers in music, or continue their studies in graduate programs in the United States and internationally.

The Department of Music has three distinct degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music in Education, each with its own specialized focus. Starting your first year, you’ll gain valuable performance experience through a variety of large and small ensembles, workshops with guest artists, apprentice programs, master classes and state and national competitions. You can also specialize your degree to explore and shape your particular musical interests and career paths.

Each degree path stresses the importance of instilling a lifelong commitment to learning, creating music research opportunities that generate new artistic knowledge and insights as well as new perspectives on traditional knowledge. Part of this approach involves an understanding of non-Western frameworks of knowledge as cultivated in Alaskan indigenous musical culture and neighboring regions. Students are trained to engage the public as musical ambassadors in Fairbanks and other communities around Alaska and beyond.

Dr. Jaunelle Celaire, Steve & Cynthia Holmberg Choral Director Endowed Music Department Chair
Professor of Voice and Director of Choir of the North 

Dr. Celaire holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Anderson University, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Greta Domenic, Myra Merritt and George Shirley.

Fine Arts 215

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