Anchorage Fine Arts Society 501(c)(3) was founded in 2008 to encourage and support the integration of fine arts in the community.
We are an educational organization that strives to explore the arts.
By delving into the value of art, the artist, and their artwork, we strengthen the whole of our community.
Ultimately, education about the fine arts gives us stability and a greater understanding of our worth.
We seek to learn the arts, teach the arts and preserve the arts.
AFAS President, Christine Harada Li
Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel. As a soloist Christine recently performed Benjamin Britten Concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and will perform with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Anchorage Youth Symphony this season. Passionate about chamber music, she has frequently performed with the award-winning Koinonia Trio, which has been playing together since 2015. As an orchestral musician, Christine has had the opportunity to play with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has performed (both violin and viola) as a guest artist at the Maui Classical Music Festival, Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and the Ann Arbor Chamber Fest.
In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival and Academy, and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society.
Christine grew up in a musical family and began studying violin at the age of five and piano at the age of ten. Her childhood principal teachers were Beverly Beheim for violin and Rumi Smith for piano. Christine made her international debut when she was 10 years old at the Talent Education Research Institute’s Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.
Christine graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theater and Dance and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). She completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in 2020, studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan. Currently Christine is on faculty as Assistant Violin Professor at Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio.
AFAS President Emeritus and Founder, Beverly Beheim Beverly Beheim has been active in the Anchorage music scene for over thirty years. As a long time member of the Anchorage Symphony and a founding concertmaster of the Anchorage Civic Orchestra, she observed a need to honor the arts community of Anchorage. In 2009, she founded the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a nonprofit organization aiming to encourage interested community members to actively seek participation in the arts with the final goal of preserving it. She studied pedagogy under Phyllis Young, and John Kendall, a cofounder of the Suzuki Method in the United States. As a private violin teacher, Beverly had the pleasure of teaching many talented students. Several have gone on to pursue their careers in music.