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Freya Wardlaw-Bailey

Freya Wardlaw-Bailey was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up in Eagle River. She started piano lessons at the age of six with Christine Kastanopolous, and from the age of nine with LaVella Briggs. In 1996 she began studying with Svetlana Velichko, a former professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. Freya received her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance and education from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2003.

Freya has performed in numerous recitals and competitions, including the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Piano Competition. In 2004 she won the Young Artist Northwest Division of the MTNA and competed at the national level. While at UAA, she began accompanying singers and instrumentalists as well as teaching private piano lessons. She continued this work after graduating from UAA, and in 2005 went to the University of Oregon in Eugene to study piano accompanying under David Riley. She also studied solo piano with Claire Wachter and Alexandre Dossin. She received her Master’s Degree in piano accompanying in June 2007.

Freya lives in Anchorage with her husband, James. They work together as accompanist and director of a church choir and teach piano and cello lessons in their home studio. Freya is also very active as an accompanist in the Anchorage area, coaching students of all levels in recital and competition preparation. She has taught music theory at UAA, and is on the board of the Anchorage Keyboard Teachers Association.

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Freya received a BM in piano performance and education from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and MM in piano accompanying from the University of Oregon. Her teachers include Svetlana Velichko and David Riley. She teaches piano and is in high demand as an accompanist in Anchorage, coaching students of all levels in recital and competition preparation. Freya has taught music theory at UAA and is on the board of the Anchorage Keyboard Teachers Association.

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James Wardlaw-Bailey

Originally from Michigan, James has been an Alaskan resident since 2004, first living in Fairbanks, and moving to Anchorage in 2011. He attended Albion College where he majored in mathematics and chemistry, the University of Maine, where he studied physical chemistry, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied cello and music theory. Since 2009, James has worked year-round helping to organize the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He teaches private cello lessons, and enjoys playing cello in chamber groups and singing in choirs. His favorite parts of being involved with music are meeting new people, forging new relationships, and creating music together with others.

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