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 holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and education from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2003), and a master’s in piano accompanying from the University of Oregon (2007). Freya’s professional experience includes accompanying voice and instrumental students, performing with choirs and the singing group Bel Canto, and teaching music theory at UAA. She is also the pianist and organist at St. John United Methodist Church. After ten years as secretary, she became president of AKTA in 2018. Freya lives in Anchorage with her husband, James, and their three young children: Melody, Felix, and Tallis.
Margaret Turner 2020-2022
Vice President & Historian
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
Dean Epperson 2020-2022
Treasurer & Membership Chair
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 piano master class, functional piano 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.
Secretary & Hospitality
Gretchen Thomas 2020-2022
Gretchen is a life long Alaskan, growing up in the valley under the amazing view of Pioneer Peak.
She received her B.M Ed (k-12) from UAF. She taught Music Theory for 10 years at Southcentral’s Alaska Suzuki Institute, has been teaching private piano and saxophone lessons for 25 + years in her home based studio, and recently added General Music Classes for a Eagle River based homeschool group. She is Immediate Past President of AKTA, having served for 10+ years. She enjoys the daily interaction with her students, which fill her up with laughter and love.
Cindy Epperson 2019-2021
Cynthia Epperson has taught private piano in Anchorage since 1986. A nationally certified teacher with the Music Teachers National Association, Ms. Epperson is actively involved in the local, state, and national levels of MTNA and is President of the Alaska Music Teachers Association. She is much sought after as a skilled instrumental and vocal accompanist. In addition to her work as a musician and teacher, she is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the rehabilitation of repetitive motion injuries and is frequently consulted by local insurance companies and physicians. Pianists, piano teachers, and other instrumentalists also consult her when they or their students experience pain and other symptoms of the upper extremities.
Marcia Stratman 2019-2021
A graduate of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Marcia Stratman has been involved in careers of music and education for decades. As a retired church organist she subs when and where needed and plays for weddings and funerals. As a freelance piano accompanist for teachers and students in Anchorage, she plays for various recitals, competitions, community and school activities. She teaches at private students at her studio and at UAA.
Hayatt Chettfour 2019-2021
Hayatt was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where she has taught through her studio for two years.
She earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2014). In 2016 she completed a master's degree in piano pedagogy at the University of Oregon.
With this background, Hayatt places a strong emphasis on well rounded curriculums including reading, rhythm, theory, technique, and strategies for handling performance anxiety.
Hayatt welcomes students of all playing levels (beginner through advanced.)
Outside of musical activities, Hayatt enjoys pilates, swimming, and reading!