Our Team 

Photo by Xtinepix

Photo by Xtinepix


Ariadne Lih, managing director
Nate Barnett, musical director

Ariadne and Nate founded the Festival in 2016 and have been working together ever since. They collaborate closely on everything from programming to long-term planning. During the Festival, Ariadne sings soprano and manages, and Nate sings tenor and conducts.

Canadian soprano Ariadne Lih loves early music, contemporary music, opera, and women composers. She is also a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. Nate Barnett is a composer, conductor, and tenor in Philadelphia, PA who sings with grammy-winning new music ensemble The Crossing.

Board of Directors

Andrew Hames
Julie Platson
Stephen Dembski

Board of Advisors

Ellen Rosand
Grant Herreid
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins
Julie Cumming
Richard Lalli


2016: The Birch Wathen Lenox School and St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
2017: The Birch Wathen Lenox School and the Cohen Fund at Yale University
2018: Margaret and David Steward, Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund, and the Cohen Fund at Yale University.
2019: Margaret and David Steward, Elliot McIntire, Sitka Fine Arts Camp


Artchange Inc.
Greater Sitka Arts Council
Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Sitka Lutheran Church
Sitka Pioneer Home
Sitka Sacred Harp
Sitka Sound Science Center
St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
University of Alaska Southeast Whale Lab