Freya Wardlaw-Bailey
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Freya Wardlaw-Bailey is a life-long Alaskan. She has taught piano since 1999 and maintains a full studio of all ages and levels. She also accompanies voice and instrumental students, and is the pianist and organist at St. John United Methodist Church. Freya is the current president of AKTA.

Vice President & Historian

Margaret Turner
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I hold a BA from University of California, Davis and a teaching credential from San Jose State University. I have taken all the Suzuki courses required for teaching all levels of Suzuki piano and four courses of Suzuki flute teacher training. I have taught junior high school and as a Suzuki Piano Teacher at Alaska Pacific University. I helped start the Southcentral Alaska Suzuki Institute and was director for several years. I have performed with the Anchorage Symphony and Opera. I currently play with the Civic Orchestra and Flutissimo. I have maintained a private studio in Anchorage for over 30 years.

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Dean Epperson
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I have been an Alaskan resident since 1954 when my family moved from Los Angeles, California to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula. After receiving a BM in piano performance at UAF and a Masters in Music in piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, I returned to Anchorage and started my private piano studio and also become an Adjunct Professor at UAA. I have taught various classes at the UAA Music Department and currently I am teaching music theory, fundamentals and private piano. I still have a private studio in my home and enjoy working with the intermediate and advanced piano students. I was one of the founding members of the Alaska Music Teachers Association (AMTA) and continue to serve as the Anchorage Keyboard Teachers Association (AKTA) as their treasurer.


Hallie Chiu
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Hallie Chiu is a lifelong Alaskan who has been teaching for 6 years and offers instruction in piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice. She was formally trained in traditional piano repertoire, but also has a performance background in contemporary styles. As a teacher, Hallie’s goal is to encourage creativity and help students discover their own musical style.

Marketing & Publicity

Sara Anderholm
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Sara Anderholm, a local performing musician, was born and raised just outside of Boston, MA and has been teaching, accompanying, and writing for over 10 years. She completed her Bachelor’s of Music Education from UAA. Sara now enjoys connecting the worlds of classical and modern music in her local performances and teaching style.


Gretchen Thomas
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I have been teaching private music lessons for 25+ years.

Sharon Theroux
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