Charlotte Truitt, Executive Director
Charlotte has called Juneau home for 27 years. She and her husband have raised four daughters here and have been an active part of the Juneau arts community since 1993. She earned her BA in Music from Oral Roberts University in 1989 and has worked in church music, musical theater, private voice instruction, and sung with our own Juneau Symphony Chorus. Her background includes serving as Board President of Juneau Dance Theatre, working in non-profit arts administration and tourism marketing, and holding a staff position in the Alaska State Legislature.
Growing up in a musical home and pursuing a music degree, it was no surprise that her first date with her husband was at the Tulsa Philharmonic. Music has always been a part of her life and she is thrilled to combine her love of music and her experience in marketing and arts administration in her roll at the Juneau Symphony.
Taylor Young, Director of Operations
Taylor has been part of the JS team since 2017 and is thankful to be part of the vibrant Juneau arts community. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and currently teaches elementary general music at Mendenhall River Community School.
Bruce Simonson, Production Manager and Choral Conductor
Bruce 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.
Alan Young, Music Director of the Student Symphony
Alan Young was raised in Juneau and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School. He then attended Pacific Lutheran University and earned a Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude. Alan has performed professionally with several chamber music groups in Washington and Alaska on his principal instrument, the tuba. Alan is the principal tubist for the Juneau Symphony, Juneau Brass Quintet and Juneau Polka Band, among others. Alan also sings with the local chamber choir Vox Borealis.
Alan teaches music at Thunder Mountain High School, where he directs the orchestra, choir, and percussion ensemble. Staying active as a conductor and performer, he has directed both vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as large musical theater productions at TMHS and JDHS. Alan is thrilled to continue his work with youth and developing musicians as the Juneau Student Symphony music director.
Franz Felkl, Student String Ensemble Director
Franz Felkl was born and raised in Juneau. He started his violin studies with Guo Hua Xia at age four and continued his studies in high school with Linda Rosenthal. Franz received a BS in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education K-12 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2012 he won the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. As an educator he has worked as a coach in a chamber music setting for young artists, taught at music camps for young musicians, and worked with the Fairbanks Youth Symphony Orchestras. From 2016 to 2019, Franz was the second violinist in the Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University. Franz has moved back to Juneau to teach violin privately and also has been appointed concertmaster of the Juneau Symphony.