Charlotte Truitt, Executive Director
Charlotte has called Juneau home since 1991. 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 role at the Juneau Symphony.
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.
Franz Felkl, Concertmaster & Youth Education 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.
Gigi Gabeau, Operations Assistant
Gigi is from originally Boston, MA but has been calling Juneau her home since 2020. Starting at the young age of 4, Gigi played several instruments including the piano, guitar, and saxophone. She especially enjoyed her 10 years playing the violin, some of which included time with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rivers Youth Orchestra. She also played violin and saxophone in several school orchestras, ensembles and bands. For several years, Gigi worked as a beginner and intermediate violin instructor at the Immigrant and Family Services Institute’s Summer Program in Boston where she also acted as Administrative Program Coordinator. While she hasn’t professionally played her instruments in several years, her love for the arts did not end with just performing and teaching music, but also led to her joining school a capella groups, dance programs, and musicals, and she continued to dance throughout her four years at Wellesley College.