Story last updated at 12/16/2009 - 11:52 am
The University of Alaska Southeast is first in the state to adopt the Alaska On Hold music project developed by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC). Music by Alaskan musicians will play when callers to the university are placed on hold.
"Alaska On Hold volume 1" includes:
"You're the One for Me" by George Wallace of Juneau
"Widmung" by Franz Liszt, performed by Timothy Smith of the University of Alaska Anchorage
"You're Wearing My Hat" by the Preserves, from Juneau
"Banjo and Fiddle" by William Kroll, performed by Linda Rosenthal, from Juneau
"Cannery Girl" by Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers of Ketchikan.
Between each piece, a short statement identifies the piece and the artist, and where they are from.
Modeled on a program offered by the City of Seattle called Seattle OnHold (online at http://www.seattle.gov/OnHold), this project intends to promote Alaskan musicians and make being on hold a unique and interesting musical experience.
The JAHC received many offerings of music from Alaskans all around the state when they announced the project, and used a panel to select the pieces for the first volume. It is their intention to creating new selections on a rotating basis. The artists who have offered their music will be featured on the JAHC Web site AKOnHold page (coming soon) with links to the musicians' sites and places to purchase the music. The Council initially approached ACS and GCI with the project, and remains hopeful that hold music around the state will soon feature Alaskan musicians.
"I am thrilled to be able to offer this," said Michael Ciri, Director of Information Technology Services for UAS. "It is something I have been wanting to do for some time."
Said JAHC Executive Director Nancy DeCherney: "This is such a great way to help local artists and to make being on hold somewhat more fun. I'm telling everyone to call the university and hope they get put on hold for a minute!"
Studio A in Juneau contributed their services to create the AKOnHold recording for the project.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.jahc.org/ or call 586-ARTS (-2787).