Freya Wardlaw-Bailey 2020-2022
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.
Gretchen Thomas 2020-2022
Secretary & Hospitality
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 2021-2023