Staff

Joe Davis-Fleming, Executive Director

A Chicago native, Joe earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from Northwestern University and his Masters of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, has served as an international healthcare & community leader for the past three decades.  Joe previously came to Juneau from Austin, Texas in 2008, immediately becoming very active in the Juneau music & performing arts community, including the Juneau Symphony, Juneau Lyric Opera, Juneau Bach Society, Alaska Folk Festival, Juneau Jazz & Classics, Possum Lodge Glee Club, as well as the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Juneau Rotary International Clubs.

Guo Hua Xia, Juneau Student Symphony Conductor

Guohua XiaGuo Hua Xia is a classically trained violinist with decades of string teaching experience. Throughout the years, he has brought the gift of music to hundreds of students of all ages.

A violinist with the Juneau Symphony, he received his Bachelor of Arts in music performance from the Shanghai Conservatory, and a Masters of Music from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Xia is a key figure in Juneau’s musical community. He has taught many of Juneau’s best string students and has been teaching with the Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) program since its inception. He is the musical director for multiple Juneau string ensembles and frequently collaborates with other community music organizations, including Juneau Jazz and Classics and the Juneau School District.

In 2014, Mr. Xia received the Mayors Award for Visionary Application of the Arts. The Juneau Empire described him this way: “Guo Hua Xia has been teaching young violinists in Juneau for 17 years, ….  inspiring our youngest students to take pride in their abilities, to strive to achieve. He continues his private instruction, building a cadre of talented young string players who now perform with the Juneau Symphony, who are continuing their studies in music, and who represent Juneau proudly. Over the years, he has taken two groups of students on tour of China, and is preparing to take a third group this coming summer, using music to provide bridges between countries. A talented violinist himself, he truly can hear the future in our children.”

Taylor Mills, Project Coordinator

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and currently teaches part-time general music at Mendenhall River Community School. Taylor is an active French hornist in the community and is looking forward to supporting the JSO in her position as Project Coordinator.

Bruce Simonson, Production Manager and Choral Conductor

Bruce SimonsonBruce Simonson moved to Alaska in 1981, and has lived in Juneau since 1988. He studied conducting under Helmuth Rilling (at the Oregon Bach Festival and in Stuttgart, Germany), and Renaissance polyphony and performance with Peter Philips and the Tallis Scholars in Seattle.

Bruce’s lifelong love of music, and a sincere belief in music’s ability to build community, has motivated him to form, lead and perform in amateur choruses and orchestras wherever he has lived. His passion for the music of the Baroque, and particularly the music of J S Bach, led to the formation of the Juneau Bach Society. This ensemble celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Bruce is grateful to the community of Juneau and its wonderful people, and for their support of the arts and quality of life. And he is especially grateful for his family for their inspiration, imagination, creativity and love of what is good, beautiful, and true.

Hetty Barthel, Librarian

Hetty Barthel has lived in Juneau since 1980 — with thirteen years in Washington, D.C. in the mix. She received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland. She worked in Juneau as a public librarian at Juneau Public Libraries, continuing presently at Egan Library (Adjunct). Today she considers herself an “audacious” violist in the Juneau Symphony, and considers it an honor to be playing.