We’ve got a fabulously talented crop of counselors who will join us this summer. We’re still collecting their bios but wanted to make sure you had a chance to get to know our staff – who will, in turn, get to know your campers! Several of them are returning counselors, so you or your camper may note some familiar names in this batch of bios. All in all, these guys and gals are the hardest working folks at camp, so we’re thrilled to share them with you.
Jaclyn is a student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She loves arts and crafts, theater, dance, and all sorts of self-expression. Throughout high school she was very active in theater, and she directed “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsey-Abaire her senior year. Recently, her artistic pursuits have been more focused on the fine arts.
She has studied drawing and photography at Carleton and hopes to delve into the worlds of printmaking and ceramics in the coming year. Jaclyn is a founding member of the Do-It-Yourself Art Club, which is a student organization that promotes creative collaboration and learning. She also loves traveling, reading, journaling, and being outdoors.
Hannah Edlen is returning to SFAC for her second year as a counselor. Originally from Illionis, Hannah happened across the SFAC website when desperately looking for interesting jobs outside of the Midwest last summer. She succeeded. Hannah is currently studying Music Education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She is a clarinetist and bass-clarinet enthusiast. Hannah will earn her Bachelor’s in Music Education, and hopes to go on to graduate school to study performance. Her aspirations are to teach clarinet at the collegiate level. Hannah is a musician by choice but is always interested in broadening her horizons!
Hannah is a recent graduate of Dickinson College with a major in sociology and a concentration in International Development. She is originally from Sitka and is a SFAC alum. She has dabbled in several different art forms including music, creative writing, and documentary and looks forward to dabbling a bit more this summer!
Max Karler completed a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Puget Sound this spring. In Fall 2007 Max was elected President of the Collegiate Washington Music Educator’s Association of the University of Puget Sound and is currently still holding this position. In addition, Max is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, the men’s music fraternity. He has served as the warden for three years and is currently serving as the Director of Musical Activities. In addition to performing on trombone, Max has appeared as guest conductor of the UPS Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. After graduation he plans on attending the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Puget Sound.
Andrew Krahn is a musician and student who has just completed his third year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he is currently studying music therapy. Andrew plays saxophone and keyboards with the Boston-based funk-rock band the Effective Dose, as well as composes electronic music, which he performs solo. This is his second year at SFAC.
Ben Leddick is an improvising actor living in Los Angeles, CA. His performing home is at IO West and recently he has begun training with the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Kirsten currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island where she attends Rhode Island School of Design. Although her training is in photography, she likes to work in many other media. Recently her work has been in video, exploring the line between the still image versus the moving image. She has taught classes at Providence community art organization CityArts, and hopes to continue teaching in a community arts setting when she graduates in 2010. She has never been to Alaska and is excited to run around outside.
Allison is about to start her senior year of nursing school at Montana State University. Originally from Tacoma, WA, she has played the clarinet since she was eight and has also played the tuba for four years. She has played in concert bands, in various ensembles including the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and has also taught music lessons. This is her second year as a counselor, and she can’t wait to get back to Sitka. She’ll be the counselor you see out running in her free time.
Megan is currently a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound majoring in psychology with minors in music and environmental studies. She is a clarinetist and has been playing for nine years, the last two at the university, where she takes private lessons and plays with the Wind Ensemble. She grew up in Talkeetna, AK, was a counselor at SFAC last year, and was a camper for three years during high school.
Elysia is 21 years old and entering her senior year at Bard College in New York state, and this will be her second year at SFAC. She studies Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies at Bard with a minor in Studio Arts. In her free time Elysia goes to Yoga and Juijistu lessons. She is very excited for camp!
Maya Scheer, Head Counselor
Maya Scheer was born and raised on a houseboat in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in psychology. She has always had a passion for the arts and outdoors. Her lifelong passions include everything from sea kayaking, rafting, and hiking to drawing and dancing. For the past few years Maya has traveled throughout Central and South America and lived in Costa Rica where she worked as a photographer.
Ardea is a senior at Oberlin College majoring in studio art. She also sings in a Renaissance choir and plays the viola. For the past semester she has been on leave and has traveled through Eastern Europe, basing herself in Budapest, Hungary, where she has been studying Hungarian fiddle and classical violin. After graduation Ardea hopes to become a freelance illustrator and maybe get an MFA. This will be her eighth summer at camp.
John came from small-town Kentucky to big-city Chicago to be a famous rock’n’roll star. Instead of rock stardom though, John found jubilation in performing for school assemblies, community centers, and birthday parties. John is an active musician in Chicago and beyond and can often transcend fame whenever he plays songs to children or adults alike. John currently works with pre-K and elementary students in art and music and is eager to share more of an adult exchange with teenagers as a counselor for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
Michael Woods, Director of Residential Life
Michael Woods directs the instrumental music program at Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, WA. He teaches, jazz band, orchestra, two concert bands, a percussion ensemble, and a competitive marching band program. He also directs the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2008, he was voted Music Educator of the Year for the Olympic Peninsula by his peers. He has been working at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp since 2002.