Nils Fredland has been active as a professional musician, dance caller, and choral director for over 20 years. Nils completed his training as a classical trombonist at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN under M. Dee Stewart in 1996. Since then his musical journey has taken many unexpected turns…including being given his first ukulele by a friend on his 40th birthday, which opened up the possibility of accompanying himself singing (not easily done as a trombone player!). Nils quickly added the ukulele to his varied range of musical skills, accompanying choirs, teaching workshops, using the ukulele to brush up on his music theory skills, and keeping his friends entertained on long drives to gigs. Nils views the ukulele as the ultimate community music-making instrument, and is delighted to join the Upper Valley Music Center faculty to share in the joy of playing uke to all ages and all levels of ability.