When soprano Rhiannon Guevin ’12 boarded an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage four years ago, helping a high-school student decide which college to attend wasn’t part of her in-flight itinerary.
But after being seated next to Danielle Rogers ’18, herself a talented soprano who was then a senior in high school, Rhiannon couldn’t help talking about her alma mater. On Rhiannon’s recommendation, Danielle enrolled at Puget Sound. She graduated from the School of Music in May.
The bond between the two sopranos was formed long before that chance encounter on the airplane. Rhiannon first met Danielle a decade ago at Alaska’s Sitka Fine Arts Camp (SFAC), where Rhiannon, who was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Puget Sound, was working as a counselor. Danielle was one of her campers.
It’s one of many connections Rhiannon has found through SFAC, an organization that offers noncompetitive, multidisciplinary arts education to children and teens. Rhiannon first attended the summer camp when she was 14, after her family moved to Sitka from Northern California. She had been participating in community theater productions since she was 7 years old, and says she was “obsessed with musical theater.” She kept returning to SFAC first as a camper, then a counselor, then an intern. In 2013, she was hired as the camp’s operations director.