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Juneau Symphony’s biggest fundraiser of the year is our raffle! Thanks to our generous business donors, the prizes this year were fabulous!

Below are the winners of the 2018 Raffle:

Grand Prize: Malin Babcock
7-day Holland America cruise for 2
1st Prize: Darla Buck
Two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines
2nd Prize: Mike Lukshin
Excursion for 2 on White Pass and Yukon Railroad with flights to Skagway from Alaska Seaplanes
3rd Prize: George Elgee
Flight to Sitka for 2 from Alaska Seaplanes and one night at the Westmark Hotel
4th Prize: Eileen Plate
Wings Airways glacier tour and feast for 2 from Taku Lodge
5th Prize: Steve and Michelle Stricker
Eaglecrest 5 day ski pass and 5 Mt. Roberts Tram passes
6th Prize: Brian Lieb
Gastineau Guiding glacier trip for 2
7th Prize: Mike Barton
SALT Gift certificate
8th Prize: John Matheson
V’s Cellar Door gift certificate
9th Prize: Barbara Pavitt
2 tickets to JSO’s Shaken, Not Stirred Auction Event

Kari Groven


Instruments: Voice (contemporary/non-classic)
Student Ages: Age 10 through adult
Location: Downtown and Douglas
Contact: 500-8713,

Mark Calvert

42867M_ 0079Studio: Downtown Douglas
Instrument: Voice
Student Ages: All Ages
Web page:
Contact: 957-4570;

Mark Calvert is a voice teacher and tenor. Before returning to Juneau in 2010, he performed throughout Europe and America in productions with companies including Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Austria’s Landestheater Linz, in leading and supporting roles. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with New England Sinfonetta and appeared in concert with L’Arpa Festante Baroque Orchestra Munich, as well as in appearances with Switzerland’s Aargauer Symphonie Orchester, Musica Sacra Wien, and Santa Fe Symphony, among others. Mark is a graduate of Yale University and Lawrence University. He and his wife, Sarah, are very happy to finally call Juneau home.

Megan Felts

feltsStudio: North Star Music Academy
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Student Ages: All Ages
Location: Valley
Contact: 500-7455;
Megan Felts is a piano and voice teacher in Juneau, Alaska. She grew up in Juneau and recently moved back after being in Massachusetts for seven years. While in Massachusetts, Megan attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2007 and from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 2009. Megan taught private piano and voice lessons for the past two years in the Greater Boston Area before moving back to Juneau in June 2010. She enjoys performing and teaching in a myriad of genres that include musical theatre, pop, classical, country, and jazz, and hopes to inspire this love of all music in her students.

Mary DeSmet

desmet_pianoStudio: Full Circle Music
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, & early childhood resource & assessment
Student Ages: All Ages
Location: Valley
Website: Coming Soon!
Contact: 789-3933,
Mary has lived in Juneau since 1973. She’s worked for public/Private schools, uas, State of Alaska, and in private sector. She has taught Privately, part-time, since 1975. After exploring completion of her music education degree in the early 90’s she decided that her love of teaching music one-on-one was what she truly enjoyed. In 1992, Mary opened a full-time music studio. Her college training was in Music education & Performance with emphasis in early childhood. Mary enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.