Our Staff

Janice Trumbull, Conductor, retired from teaching in the public school system in May 2009 and realized the fulfillment of a life-long dream when her private school opened. Northern Lights Academy is a one-room schoolhouse for students in grades K-8. What little time is left after tending to NLA, she fills with quilting, reading, traveling, and, of course, music. She grew up in Fairbanks, and as a student at West Valley High School was selected for the Alaska All-State Honor Choir three times, was selected to represent Alaska in the All-Northwest Honor Choir, and traveled to Europe with America’s Youth in Concert.

Miss Trumbull earned a B.Ed. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, a M.Ed. from Cambridge College and a graduate certificate in Bible from Multnomah School of the Bible. As a general music teacher in the local schools, she received her Orff-Schulwerk Level II Certification. She has been a judge for High School All State Honors Choir auditions. Miss Trumbull studied piano with Delores Heine and James Johnson and is currently studying voice with Marvilla Davis. She has been in a number of FLOT shows, with leading roles in The Sound of Music and The Secret Garden. She has sung with and been soloist for the University Chorus, the Alaska Chamber Chorale, Choir of the North, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and is a frequent soloist in the annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah. After 17 years as the choir accompanist, she is excited to step into the position of Director.

Along with singing and playing the piano at University Park Bible Church, she keeps busy as a Sunday school teacher and board member for the church. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northland Youth Choir and Northern Lights Academy. Having sung in many different venues, her favorite performance locations include St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and various concert locations in China.


James Spontak, Accompanist, has had a broad and varied musical background.  He has studied both piano and trombone at the collegiate level.  He began studying piano in his hometown of Chicago and continued his studies here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He has served as accompanist for the Fairbanks Suzuki Strings program since 1996 and the Aurora Women’s Choir since 2011.  He began accompanying the Northland Youth Choir this past concert season. He teaches piano privately and serves as accompanist for many students in Fairbanks.