Sofia Petroni, Chapter President

Sofia has taught music in the Anchorage School District for ten years and currently teaches at Muldoon Elementary School. Sofia is a lifelong Alaskan. When she isn't teaching or playing clarinet, she enjoys mountain biking and splitboarding in the beautiful mountains of Southcentral Alaska

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Meredith Rude, Vice President

Meredith was born and raised in Alaska and started teaching children to make music when she was just 16!  She first experienced the happiness that is teaching with the Orff-Schulwerk process while student teaching in the Anchorage School District.  She has taught in both elementary and middle school settings, and currently teaches choir & band and Begich Middle School.  She's been an active member of the Alaska Orff Chapter since 2003,  In her spare time she sings with the Alaska Chamber Singers, loves gardening, camping, and hiking, and working on various home projects with her many power tools.


Elizabeth Knapp, Past President

Elizabeth teaches elementary music at Bowman Elementary school in Anchorage Alaska. She plays the cello. In her free time she spends quality time with her dog Theo and explores the outdoors by running, biking, xc skiing, and hiking. 


Shawnee Vanderpool, Treasurer

Shawnee moved from California to Anchorage in 2007.  She is the music teacher at Creekside Park Elementary and just completed her 15th year of teaching.  She loves learning about new and different cultures.  In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family - furry and human. Her daughter, cats Clio and Spartacus, and dog Achilles keep her very busy!





Rindy Congdon, Secretary

Rindy teaches at Scenic Park Elementary and just completed her 15th year teaching. She likes to play outside and loves to eat vegetables and bacon. She is an Anchorage native. 


Aaron Hensley, Membership

Bio to come!


Julie Botero, Website Master

Julie moved from Colorado to Anchorage in 2018. She is the music teacher at Huffman Elementary where she is entering her 7th year of teaching. She loves to travel, ski, and run. She plays piano and organ for several churches in the area and also plays the clarinet.