Festival Staff

Terese Kaptur

Terese Kaptur

Director, director@fsaf.org

Terese Kaptur returned to Alaska after being Executive Director at Fort Collins Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado. Always passionate about outreach, early childhood and the healing powers of the arts, Terese helped pioneer new programs for Ages 0 to 3 and Music Therapy while working in Education/Community Engagement and Artistic Planning at the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has worked with festivals, orchestras, ballet and opera. Since starting her career at the Fairbanks Symphony and earning her degrees at UAF, Terese composed numerous works which have been performed internationally.The symphonies of Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Anchorage, Carolina Chamber Symphony, and Pittsburgh New Music Festival have performed her orchestral pieces.


Dori Nix

Dori Nix

Operations and Communications Manager

Dori Nix is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, and just recently moved to Fairbanks after spending most of her life on the east coast. Dori graduated with double majors in Art History and Studio Art with a focus in photography. She has developed a love for community, craft, and handmade arts over the years and now specializes in social media and online development with small businesses and non-profit organizations. Dori is excited to be a part of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and is looking forward to the development of community through the arts here in Fairbanks.


Rhonda Gilbertson

Rhonda Gilbertson

Bookkeeper

A life-long Alaskan, Rhonda fell in love with music as soon as she could sing along, and has never stopped since. She also has a weakness for any percussion instrument, and can usually be found joyfully banging away. She earned a BA in Music from UAF, and started working for local arts non-profits. Currently, she is the Operations Manager for the Fairbanks Concert Association, as well as Festival's bookkeeper. In her free time, she loves gardening, reading, photography, walking, and any animal with fins, fur, or feathers.


Diana Solie

Diana Solie

Outreach Assistant

Having lived in Fairbanks since 1976, Diana has deep roots in the community. She is a professional geologist, and also played cello for over 20 years with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras. She has a BA in music from Allegheny College, a BS in geology from UAF, and a PhD in geology from Virginia Tech. Now partially retired, she is enjoying working with the Festival staff on Outreach projects.


Abby Hatfield

Abby Hatfield

Administrative Assistant

Abby recently relocated to Fairbanks from her lifelong home in Maryland. There, she earned an AA in Arts & Sciences and worked as a Veterinary Technician. She has volunteered with multiple Maryland festivals, including Artsfest, Park Your Arts and Barktoberfest, a festival for dogs! She is currently pursuing a degree at UAF and is very excited to both become more involved with the artistic community in Fairbanks and experience her first summer in Alaska. In her spare time she enjoys photography and exploring the outdoors.



2016 Summer Staff

Allison Preisinger

Allison Preisinger

Production Manager

Allison Preisinger is based out of Seattle, Washington where she works production for a variety of festivals, including the Northwest Folklife Festival and Bumbershoot. She is also a House Manager at ACT Theatre, teaches private music lessons, and is a performing singer-songwriter. Allison is happy to be coming back to Fairbanks this July to work as the Production Manager for her second Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival!


Niamh Mercer

Niamh Mercer

Assistant Music Librarian -UAF Percussion Liaison-Artistic Coordinator

A lifelong Californian, Niamh came to Alaska in 2015 to pursue her Masters in Percussion Performance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant as well as the instructor of the World Beat Ensemble, and the Interrelation of Arts and Drama. She is an avid performer, and is passionate about percussion in its various settings, from orchestral to world music.


Emily Stacy

Emily Stacy

Admin Assistant

Born and raised in small town Southern Ohio, Emily graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor's of Music Education from Ohio Christian University. Along with her collegiate accomplishments she participated in the University Chorale, the University audition Chamber Singers, was a founding member of the Uplifted Gospel Choir and toured with these groups all over the East Coast. She served as the University's Music Librarian, Academic Coach, Writing Tutor and helped to develop the University's first Music tutoring program - including Music Theory, Sight Singing/Ear Training and Music History . Since graduating she has worked as Site Director with the YMCA of Central Ohio and as Administrator of a private childcare center in pursuit of Early Childhood Education. Emily enjoys a good movie night as long as it includes Patrick Swazye and a rockin 80s soundtrack. She enjoys driving with the windows down and blasting Josh Groban, knitting, doodling, or pretty much anything that allows her to watch murder mysteries and medical dramas on Netflix for long periods of time. Her passions include music, singing, writing, calligraphy, church, humming, great views and thunder storms. She is currently enjoying her time with FSAF and spending time with her bestie exploring Alaska.


Diane Mcclure

Diane Mcclure

Festival Office Manager

Diane McClure was an early Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival board member, and continued 30+ years working in many capacities for FSAF. Her additional work history includes FLOT, FDA, UAF Theatre, and Barney McClure Productions. Diane also was box office manager for Seattle Musical Theatre and Driftwood Players, and was recently hired to be stage manager for Dezart Performs in Palm Springs, CA. She and Barney are thrilled to be back "home" in Fairbanks this summer.


Daniel Wiley

Daniel Wiley

Music Librarian & Personnel Manager

Daniel Wiley is about to enter the final year of his MM in Orchestral Conducting at the University of North Texas. He is also serving as the interim Director of Artistic Operations for the Abilene Philharmonic. Prior attending UNT, Daniel worked for the Boise Independent School District as a K-12 Music Educator, and was the Assistant Conductor for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (ID). Daniel is also the Lead Instructor for the En Garde Leadership Academy; a program designed to help foster leadership in the school band programs in Idaho and Washington. This will be Daniel’s fourth year with FSAF and second year as the Librarian and Personnel Manager.


Molly Benson

Molly Benson

Assistant Production Manager

Molly Benson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Film Studies and Feminist Studies, disciplines she uses every day to explore and ponder the many ways storytelling intersects with identity and activism. She has been working for festivals across the country for 6 years, in that time some of the many hats she has worn include Production Manager at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Theater Manager at Milwaukee Film Festival, and admissions at Bumpershoot. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival!


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