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Young Alaskan Artist Award Gala Reunion Concert
Friday, July 27
7:00 p.m.
UAA Recital Hall

Since 1999, the Anchorage Festival of Music has sponsored the annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition to recognize young, aspiring Alaskan classical performers entering the professional field. Past winners are making waves nationally and internationally as performers and educators. This summer, they’re coming home! Find out what these amazing musicians have been doing since winning the YAA and hear eight prior winners perform in a magical evening of music celebrating 20 years of this prestigious award.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the award in 2018 and in recognition of the many connections to the late Senator Stevens, the Anchorage Festival of Music is proud to re-name the award as the Ted Stevens Young Alaskan Artist Award. The award will be formally re-named and the first winner of the newly named award will be announced during the gala concert.


Christine Renée Keene, Soprano
Anchorage, AK

Molly Emerman, Violin
Austin, TX

Kate Emerman Bass, Soprano
Los Angeles, CA

Megan Bledsoe Ward, Harp
Honolulu, Hawaii

Patrick Hopkins, Cello
Newark, New Jersey

Christine Harada-Li, Violin
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ceylon Mitchell, Flute
Washington, D.C.

Zachary Spontak, Violin
Fairbanks, AK

Come early and enjoy a pre-concert reception starting at 6:00 p.m. in the UAA Recital Hall lobby.

Meet the artists at a post-concert reception following the performance.

This event is generously supported by the Ted Stevens Foundation.

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Artist travel is provided courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

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For tickets and more information, visit or call 263-ARTS (2787)
1-877-ARTS-TIX toll free outside Anchorage.

Anchorage Festival of Music

Founded in 1956, the Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) is dedicated to providing performance and enrichment opportunities to local musicians and audiences. AFM organizes an annual concert series of classical, baroque, and contemporary music. AFM sponsors an annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition to recognize young, aspiring Alaskan classical performers pursuing a college degree or program in music. The Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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