Board & Staff

Artistic Director

William Ransom

Born in Boston, William 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, Will 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.

Founder

Linda Rosenthal

Concert violinist Linda Rosenthal has lived in Alaska since 1969 and in Juneau since 1974. Linda currently 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.

Executive Director

Sandy Fortier

Sandy Fortier grew up in Colorado and lived in Oregon before moving to Alaska. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Arts Administration with a Performing Arts focus and a Nonprofit Certificate from the University of Oregon.

Sandy Fortier is a flutist and vocalist and is a founding member of the local flute quartet Flutatious. When she is not performing, teaching, and championing the arts, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke Fortier, and their two young daughters.

Program Assistant

Heather Bennett


Board of Directors

  • Zane Jones – Chair
  • Lon Garrison – Vice Chair
  • Laura Haywood – Secretary
  • Alex Smith – Treasurer
  • Vicki Van Fleet – Past President
  • Christy Ciambor
  • Madeleine Lefebvre
  • Jacob Soboleff
  • Janet Schempf

Advisory Board

  • Peter Dammann
  • Nancy DeCherney
  • The Honorable Dennis Egan
  • Elizabeth Evans
  • Sharon Gaiptman
  • Bob Hale
  • Peggy Ann McConnochie
  • Michelle Sydeman
  • The Honorable Fran Ulmer