ALC Concert Series


2019/20 Concert Series Schedule

All Concerts held on Sunday Afternoon at 4:30 unless otherwise noted.

This list is preliminary and subject to change.



September 22, 4:30pm- Autumn Nocturne Voice Recital


Join vocalists Amber Gauthier (Soprano), Tamara McCoy (Contralto), and Rachel Alexander (Soprano), and pianist Janet Carr-Campbell, in an evening of beautiful singing! Featuring works by Monteverdi, Zaninelli, Saint-Saëns, Brahms and more!

Amber Gauthier has received praise by critics for her “particularly good singing… that combines excellent pitch and tone with clear diction.” She holds a Masters degree in Opera from the University of British Columbia. Some of Amber’s notable performances include soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah, Aurelia in Opera Fairbank’s Rumpelstiltskin, Pamina with Anchorage Operas Magic Flute, Adele with Anchorage Opera in Die Fledermaus, Pamina from Die Zauberflöte with the Metropolitan International Festival in New York, NY, Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, Gretel from the opera Hansel and Gretel with Portland Summer Opera, and Kate from Pirates of Penzance with Anchorage Opera. Since graduating with her Masters in Opera from the University of British Columbia, she has returned to Alaska and has been teaching voice and piano lessons, as well as participating in local performances. She also frequently travels to New York where she receives extensive coaching and vocal instruction from leading music professionals.

Dr. Tamara McCoy (D.M.A. University of Kentucky) is a pianist and contralto that teaches Piano, Voice, and World Music at Alaska Pacific University. She serves as Music Director/Minister of Music and Worship at Anchorage Lutheran Church, where she maintains the Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series. Tamara is a previous board member of the Anchorage Opera Guild and has sung with the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Anchorage Opera Chorus, and the Starling Sisters. She currently sings with The Bel Canto Alaska, Radical Arts for Women, and Duo Amiche, among others. Tamara has served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky, University of Pikeville, the 2nd and 3rd International Piano Festivals of the City of Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil, and the Classical Minds International Guitar Festival. She has studied and performed nationally and has performed internationally in Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK and Brazil. In 2015 Tamara was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation to tour Alaska and England, where she made her vocal and pianistic London debut. In 2017 Tamara was asked to participate as a composer and singer in the Hiland Mountain Lullaby Project, a project in partnership with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute. In 2018, Tamara won first prize in the Alaska State and the Northwest Regional NATS Adult Avocational Voice Auditions. She studies voice in the Swedish/Italian School with Nancy Caudill in Alaska and David Jones in New York. In addition, Tamara maintains a private studio in piano and voice and lives in Anchorage with her husband Eric and her two small children, Kenny and Molly.

Rachel Alexander fell in love with music at a young age and chose to become a singer while attending Chugiak High School and chose to pursue a degree in music in 2001. She attended Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA and returned in 2006. Rachel served as a private voice teacher at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy where she taught from 2007-2013. In August of 2013, she started her own business, the Rachel Alexander Studio, where she continues to teach private voice students from beginning to intermediate levels. She has been a proud member of the Anchorage Opera Chorus, singing in Madame Butterfly and The Magic Flute. This year you will see Rachel Alexander in Anchorage Cabarets’ Holiday Cabaret on December 22nd. Focusing on her solo voice, Rachel takes lessons from Nancy Caudill and is working on developing her repertoire. Rachel is very active in the Chugiak/Eagle River community and owns her own business Rachel Alexander LMT as a massage therapist which “supports her family and music habit.” 

Janet Carr-Campbell, the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Music Machine for 33 years, helps to enrich the lives of Anchorage’s youth through her gift of music. She is a producer, composer, arranger, teacher, pianist, organist, vocal coach and director. An Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate, Janet moved to Anchorage in 1980 after winning the National Liberace Keyboard Entertainer Award. Along with business partner, Darl Schaaff, they formed Jan Dar Productions and gave the Anchorage community 11 years of fun filled musical entertainment. She has directed many Artists in the Schools residencies, collaborates with the Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Symphony, Cyrano’s, Russian American Colony Singers, University Singers, and is the organist and Children’s Music Director at First United Methodist Church. Janet cues the surtitles for all Anchorage Opera productions, and is the accompanist for the Anchorage Concert Chorus and many vocalists.In 1987, she was featured on “Jay Hammond’s Alaska” television show; she received the 2001 Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award in 2003, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority “Unsung Hero” award in 2003. In December of 2011, Janet was honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement. Janet’s work with children and music is her passion, and she inspires excellence in every project she works on. Whether teaching a class, accompanying a show or encouraging a child, what Janet does best is to empower young people to be all that they can be.


October 6, 2019, 4:30pm- John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet




 The John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet Fall Fiesta Concert

In an Exciting concert of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban & Original Music


Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 4:30pm


Anchorage Lutheran Church

1420 N. Street, Anchorage, AK 99501

phone: (907) 272-5323


Free admission ($10 suggested donation)

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John Damberg Latin Jazz Quartet members:       

John Damberg-marimba, steel drum, & Latin percussion

Karl Pasch-clarinet

Bob Andrews-bass

Cameron Cartland-drum set & Latin percussion


Feast your senses on the enchanting original Brazilian and Afro-Cuban inspired melodies of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet. This concert features a stellar lineup of Anchorage’s best Jazz/Latin Artists performing exciting compositions by Alaskan composers John Damberg and Mark Manners & Afro Cuban, Brazilian, and Trinidadian Latin Jazz giants specially selected for this event! The Quintet’s unique instrumentation blends John Damberg’s percussive marimba & steel drum, Karl Pasch’s woody clarinet, and Mark Manners rich classical guitar with Bob Andrews funky bass, & Cameron Cartland’s fiery drum set grooves.


This promises to be a one of a kind evening with the band members blending & mixing their musical artistry creating exotic melodies over hot Latin Rhythmic grooves including Trinidadian Soca and Calypsos, Cuban Songo, Mambo, Cha Cha, Cha, and Brazilian Samba, Bossa Nova, Baion.


October 20, 2019, 4:30pmMolly Buttars, organist

November 10,4:30pmArco-Mano Duo

November 24, 4:30pm- Marcio Candido, Violin & Tamara McCoy, Contralto & Pianist

December 8, 4:30pm - Anchorage Mandolin Orchestra

December 14 (Saturday), 7:00p - Community Carol Sing

January 19, 4:30pm - Bel Canto

January 26, 4:30pm - Sleeping Ladye Waits

February 9, 4:30pm - Guitar Society

March 15, 4:30pm - Celtic Pipes & Drums

March 22, 4:30pm - Glacier Brass

April 5, 4:30pm - Kathryn Hoffer and Friends

April 19, 4:30pm - Frontier Baroque

May 3, 4:30pm - Sleeping Ladye Waits

May 17, 4:30pm - Dawn Lindsey, Violinist

May 31, 4:30pm - Bel Canto