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Edvard Grieg Society of MN Vocal Competition Winners' Recital

  • Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church 924 East 21st Street Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)


The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased to announce the nine finalists for its first-ever voice competition and second annual Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Competition. The purpose of The Competition is to expose the Twin Cities community to the music of Edvard Grieg and promote the best of Norwegian and Nordic music from past and present.

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Qualifying was held in March in an audio screening round for two divisions — Young Artist, ages 18-23 and Advanced, for ages 24-35. Finals will be free and open to the public and held at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with finalists competing for first, second, and third place prizes in each division. Prizes range from $500 to $1,500 and also include a performance opportunity in the Competition Winners' Recital on June 9 at 2:00pm and a feature performance on the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s 2018-2019 season calendar. Performers were required to submit three songs in Norwegian or Danish by Edvard Grieg and two other pieces of their choosing in any Nordic language by another composer.

Judges include Norwegian-American soprano Dr. Melissa Culloton, a St. Olaf College and University of Minnesota graduate who is an active performer, voice teacher and Norwegian coach in the Twin Cities; Dr. Dan Dressen, Associate Provost and former Music Department Chair at St. Olaf College, and familiar tenor soloist locally and nationally; Dr. Marla Fogderud, a recitalist and voice teacher who studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Music in Oslo, and is in demand as a vocal adjudicator, language coach, and translator; and Maria Jette, soprano and local treasure who has graced virtually every Twin Cities stage, as well as national and international venues.

The nine finalists represent the most exciting, fresh talent in the vocal performance world. Congratulations and good luck to all as they progress in the next stage of competition.   


Christina Adamoli - Falcon Heights, MN

Anna Christofaro - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thore Dosdall - Minneapolis, MN

Harrison Hintzsche - Minneapolis, MN

Anika Kildegaard - Minneapolis, MN

Froya Olson - Roseville, MN

Greta Ramsey - Park Ridge, IL; student at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Cicely Schonberg - Grand Rapids, MI

Elsa Swanson - Chaska, MN; student at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota

About the Competition:

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2018 Voice Competition is designed to encourage singers to explore the music of Edvard Grieg and Nordic composers; raise awareness of the Edvard Grieg Society locally, nationally and internationally; and provide scholarship and performance opportunities for competition winners.


Cash and Performance Opportunity Prizes to be awarded in both the Young Artist and Advanced Divisions:
First Prize: $1,500 Cash Award and recital on the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s 2018-2019 Season
Second Prize: $1,000 Cash Award
Third Prize: $500 Cash Award

Competition Schedule:

The competition begins with an Audio Screening round in March 2018, and will be concluded with this live round in Minneapolis on June 9, 2018. Repertoire for each round is listed below. Memorization is required for the live round.

Repertoire for Audio Screening:
● Three songs in Norwegian or Danish by Edvard Grieg
Repertoire for the live round of competition in Minneapolis: (must be memorized)
● Three songs in Norwegian or Danish by Edvard Grieg
● Two additional songs in any Nordic language by another composer
● Live auditions, June 9, 2018. 



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Midtsommer Gala 2018