The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota celebrates and promotes the music of Edvard Grieg as well as other Nordic composers through an annual concert series that features both local and international musicians.

Each curated series offers unique opportunities to experience all types of music including soloists, choral, piano, chamber, string quartets and traditional instruments in varied, and often intimate, settings.


The 2018-2019 Concert Season

Click to learn more about our upcoming concerts

Voice Competition 2018

HArrison .jpeg


Advanced Division Winner
William H. Halverson Award Winner

Nine artists competed for six prizes in open auditions on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, followed by a Winners’ Recital that featured 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in both categories. The auditions and recital drew a warm and appreciative audience of friends, family, voice teachers, notable singers and Nordic music lovers. The singers and their pianists offered a wide variety of songs by Edvard Grieg and other Nordic composers, exquisitely performed. Said Augsburg Assistant Professor of Music and Competition Chair, Sonja Thompson, “The Edvard Grieg Society was very impressed with the level of skill and preparation exhibited by all performers and thrilled by their commitment to the Nordic repertoire.”

Winning First Prize in the Advanced Division (ages 24-35) with a $1500 cash award and performance opportunity on the Edvard Grieg Society’s 2018-2019 season calendar was Harrison Hintzche, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The baritone has been praised for his warm lyric tone, musical subtlety, and dedication to text. In January, 2018, Mr. Hintzsche made his international debut at Wigmore Hall in London with pianist Graham Johnson as a part of Johnson’s recital series, “Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs.” Mr. Hintzsche holds a
Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota and will pursue a Master of Music degree from Yale University this fall. His collaborative pianist was Mary Trotter.

Representatives of The Edvard Grieg Society of America, hailing from Sarasota, FL, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA and Aberdeen, SD were in attendance to award their newly established William H. Halverson Award to Harrison Hintzsche. This award of $300 recognizes an outstanding performance of Grieg's songs, and will be awarded at regional or national competitions in the U.S. that feature the music of Edvard Grieg.



Young Artists' Division Winner

Winning First Prize in the Young Artist Division (ages 18-23) and a $1,500 cash cash award and performance opportunity on the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s 2018-2019 season calendar was soprano Froya Olson, of Roseville, Minnesota. Before graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree, Ms. Olson appeared in National Opera Association award-winning productions of The Tender Land, The Beggar’s Opera, and Hydrogen Jukebox. Ms. Olson has played the role of “Governess” in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, “Drusilla” in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and “Zweite Knabe” in Die Zauberflöte. In 2016, Ms. Olson won first place at the Wisconsin National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.





1st place/$1,500 award - FROYA OLSON, Roseville, Minnesota
2nd place/$1,000 award - ELSA SWANSON, Chaska, Minnesota; Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota
3rd place/$500 award- GRETA RAMSEY, Park Ridge, Illinois; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota


1st place/$1500 award - HARRISON HINTZSCHE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2nd place/$1,000 award - ANIKA KILDEGAARD, Minneapolis, Minnesota
3rd place/$500 award- THORE DOSDALL, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Grieg Voice Winners 2018.jpg

Winners of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota's Voice Competition: From left, Thore Dosdall, Elsa Swanson, Anika Kildegaard, Harrison Hintzsche, Greta Ramsey, and Froya Olson.

Competition qualifying was held in March in an audio screening round. Competitors 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 included 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; Dr. Dan Dressen, Associate Provost and former Music Department Chair at St. Olaf College, and familiar tenor soloist; 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 soprano Maria Jette, who has graced virtually every Twin Cities stage, as well as national and international venues.

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. Congratulations to all finalists and winners and thank you to all finalists, their pianists, and friends and family for participating and attending in the competition’s festivities.

For media inquiries, please contact Peter Skjervold at 612-262-2252 or at


String Competition 2017


Hannie McGarity, Violin

Winner - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota held its first-ever string competition June 3, 2017 to encourage musicians ages 18-26 studying or performing in a five-state area to explore the music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Requirements included a variety of Nordic repertoire, including a Grieg Sonata. Four finalists performed in a winners’ recital later the same day. Distinguished judges included Mark Bjork, violin faculty at the University of Minnesota; Evelina Chao violist formerly of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Peter McGuire, of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Winning the Grand Prize was Hannie McGarity, of Bellingham, WA. Ms. McGarity is a violin performance major at St. Olaf College Northfield, MN and performs with the St. Olaf Orchestra. First prize included a $1,500 award and trip to Bergen, Norway this October to perform at a seminar dedicated to Grieg’s chamber works, to be held at his historic home, Troldhaugen. Ms. McGarity with pianist Lori Folland performed the Grieg Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, Opus 45.

Placing second with a $1,000 award was John Rose, a St. Paul native pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.

Click here to visit Hannie's Blog To Bergen!


Placing third and earning $500 was Elena Kolbrek, an undergraduate violin performance and music education student at the University of Minnesota.

The competition’s fourth finalist earning $250 was violist Vaughn Hommerding, of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Congratulations to all competitors! 



John Rose, Violin


Elena Kolbrek, Violin


Vaughn Hommerding, Viola



Photo Gallery

Advisory Board

  • Stacy Baehman

  • Carolyn Bliss

  • Sharon Carlson

  • Melissa Culloton

  • Inger Dahlin

  • Ruth Donhowe

  • Rolf Erdahl

  • William Halverson

  • Jim Lewis | Chair

  • Nancy Sand Olson | Treasurer

  • Shirley Santoro

  • Peter Skjervold

  • Carsten Slostad

  • Sonja Thompson

  • Maxine Houghton Wallin

  • Arlene Wollertson Wilson