Student Symphony and Prelude Orchestra

Prelude Orchestra is open to string students in 4th through 8th grade. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 at Juneau Church of Christ, 8755 Trinity Dr. Registration is now open!

The Juneau Student Symphony is a place for student musicians of all ages to improve their music skills and learn the basics of playing in an orchestra. Basic music reading skills required. Section leaders and instrument mentors provide music instruction and help learning each piece. JSS is not currently rehearsing.

If you have an interest in joining us, please contact the Symphony office at

Alan Young

Student Symphony Director

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. Mr. Young has performed professionally with several chamber music groups in Washington and Alaska on his principal instrument, the tuba. He is the principal tubist for the Juneau Symphony, Juneau Brass Quintet and Juneau Polka Band, among others. Mr. Young also sings with the local chamber choir Vox Borealis.

Mr. Young 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 done both  vocal and music direction for recent TMHS and JDHS musicals. He is thrilled to continue his work with youth and developing musicians as the Juneau Student Symphony Music Director.

Franz Felkl

Prelude Orchestra 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.

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