Education & Outreach
Board of Directors
History & Vision
Education and Outreach
This is a major component of the Festival that reflects our strong commitment to education, community, youth and accessibility. This year, Juneau Jazz & Classics will serve an estimated 4,000 students through workshops, school concerts, clinics, a scholarship program and a host of free informal concerts, all an integral part of our mission to make our artists and their music accessible to everyone.
Jane & Thomas B. Stewart Education Fund
The Board of Directors of Juneau Jazz & Classics has created the "Jane and Thomas B. Stewart Education Fund" in honor of two of our most dedicated supporters.
Jane was a dedicated music teacher to Juneau for almost forty years, and a master organizer of amateur musicians and singers. My first experience with Jane's direction was as a flute player in the little orchestra for the Juneau Lyric Opera's production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti" in 1979. She started us rehearsing a good five months before the scheduled performance.
Tom Stewart was an equally stalwart supporter of Juneau Jazz & Classics. He sat in the front of the house for all of our classical concerts as far back as I can remember, and was always available for sage advice. We remember him as a visionary in the creation of the State of Alaska 50 years ago as well as a cultural leader.
Every year at the first classical concert of our festival, we light a candle and leave it burning during the concert, in memory of Jane and Thomas B. Stewart.
—Kathy Ruddy, Board Chair
Concert violinist Linda Rosenthal has lived in Alaska since 1969 and in Juneau since 1974. In addition to serving as the Artistic/Executive Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, Linda maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching. She has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician. She is also Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar and Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Southeast.
In 1995, Linda was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create and premiere Strings & Stories, a two-person show for young audiences that combines storytelling, theater, mime and music for solo violin. She, along with Los Angeles actor Bill Blush, perform this show in schools, libraries, museums and theaters for thousands of children across the country each year under the auspices of the New York based Piatigorsky Foundation.
Linda has commissioned and premiered many works for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano and violin and narrator. Her solo CDs include Three American Sonatas, Favorite Violin Encores, Fiddle-de-Bop and Glacier Blue—Concerto For Violin and Big Band by Evan Solot, commissioned by Juneau Jazz & Classics in 2000.
Linda received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1978 and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2005.
Born in Boston, Ransom began his musical studies at an early age. He was a scholarship student of William Masselos at the Juilliard School in New York (BM and MM), and he also worked with Theodore Lettvin at the University of Michigan (DMA) and Madame Gaby Casadesus at the Ravel Academy in France. Ransom is currently the Mary L. Emerson Professor of Piano and head of the piano faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and has collaborated with such artists as cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Isserlis; clarinetist Richard Stoltzman; members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, St. Petersburg and Lark String Quartets; violinist Robert McDuffie; guitarist Eliot Fisk, and members of the Empire Brass Quintet and the percussion group Nexus among many others. In the summers, Ransom is Artistic Director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina and also an artist-faculty member of the Kamisaibara Pianists Camp in Japan and now Artistic Director for Juneau Jazz & Classics.
Reggie joined Juneau Jazz & Classics as Festival Administrator and Production Manager in 2014. She has worked with Linda for the past 3 Festivals and looks forward to working with Will Ransom to continue the mission of JJ&C. Prior to coming back home to Juneau, Reggie has been involved with local community music festivals in Montana since 2006. She has been co-director, fund development chair, advertising/marketing director and treasurer. Reggie worked as a community development specialist grant writer/administrator for a non-proft organization, marketing coordinator for a microbrewery and worked in the financial/banking world. She has been recognized by the Alaska State legislature for her dedication to local non-profits.
Board of Directors
Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, Chair
Vicki Van Fleet, Vice Chair
Zane Jones, Secretary
Adam Sycks, Treasurer
The Honorable Dennis Egan
Peggy Ann McConnochie
The Honorable Fran Ulmer
In 1986 world-renowned violinist Linda Rosenthal had a dream to share the music she loves with the community she adored. the beautiful natural setting, the community’s love and support for music, make Juneau the perfect place for a spectacular celebration of world-class jazz and classical music. In May of 1987, Ms. Rosenthal along with Jazz Coordinator and fellow-founder Bob Banghart and a hard-working group of local musicians, community leaders and loyal supporters of the arts, launched the 1st annual Juneau Jazz & Classics. The Festival has evolved and expanded each year, touching so many lives with an appreciation and love for classical, jazz and blues music.
Each year JJ&C continues to provide high quality performances, educational concerts, instructional workshops and outreach programs that benefit people of all ages, capabilities and economic backgrounds. JJ&C is excited to bring the worlds of jazz, classical and blues to our Juneau community with live performances and interaction with great artists.
Juneau Jazz & Classics, Inc. believes that music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression and imagination, resulting in new knowledge and appreciation of music. Therefore, every individual should have the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.
Juneau Jazz & Classics is an annual festival whose mission is to provide a variety of rich musical experiences and instructional seminars at different venues in Juneau and remote towns in Southeast Alaska. The festival is designed to offer the highest quality music performances and instruction opportunities to inspire, enrich and educate persons of all ages and economic backgrounds. The festival features a diversity of styles within jazz, classical and blues genres, introducing these styles to a new generation while appealing to music lovers and attracting visitors to our community.