The Edvard Grieg Society of America

The Edvard Grieg Society of America promotes the study and performance of Grieg's music throughout the United States, and includes activities that focus on his lesser-known works.  The society is an outgrowth of the Grieg Festival 2015 in Sarasota, Florida that brought together national and international Grieg scholars and performers with lectures, concerts, and a national competition. The EGSOA arranges concerts by professional musicians, sponsors juried competitions, symposia and workshops focusing on the life and music of Grieg. It recognizes and assists interested individuals and organizations supportive of the mission of EGSOA.  

Harrison Hintzche (left) and Dr. William H. Halverson after the EGSMN Voice Competition in 2018.

Harrison Hintzche (left) and Dr. William H. Halverson after the EGSMN Voice Competition in 2018.

EGSOA is very supportive of the work happening at Norway House and the society in Minnesota. Renowned Grieg Scholar and EGSMN board member, Dr. William H. Halverson, (Associate Dean Emeritus in the Office of Academic Affairs at Ohio State University), is a co-founder and former vice-president of the EGSOA. In 2018, the national society named an ongoing stipend to be awarded at the annual music competition presented by the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota.

Of the William H. Halverson Award they wrote:

The Edvard Grieg Society of America presented the William H. Halverson Prize for the judges selection of the “most outstanding performance of Grieg songs” at the voice competition sponsored by the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota. The prize was named in honor of America’s foremost contributor to Grieg and his music. Dr. Halverson’s many contributions include translations of songs (Peters edition), translations of most of the definitive books on Grieg including Grieg’s speeches, diaries, and letters, and numerous lectures and speeches in America and Scandinavia.The prize went to Harrison Hintzsche, who was also the first prize winner in the Advanced Division of the competition, and a graduate of St. Olaf College who will enter the masters program at Yale University in the Fall.

The EGSOA website includes extensive research on Grieg and his music, national events, as well as ways to become a member and support the mission.

 

The International Edvard Grieg Society

The International Edvard Grieg Society (IGS) is a foundation established in 1996 to present high-caliber performances to broader audiences, further the development of knowledge, understanding and increased accessibility to Grieg's music for performers, scholars, teachers, and the general public, and increase contemporary innovative artistic activities based on the impact of Grieg's musical genius.  The IGS encompasses an international network which includes worldwide national Grieg societies, circulation of information, research and publishing activities, educational activities, and the arrangement of music festivals, competitions, seminars and scholarly symposiums, concerts, and releases of CDs.

Their website includes resources and information about Grieg as well as ways to become a member and support the mission.

 

International Grieg Societies

The Grieg Society in Vilnius, Lithuania

Oslo Grieg Society

The Italian Edvard Grieg Society

Grieg Society of the Ukraine

The Grieg Society of Scotland


The Grieg Archives at the Bergen Library

In 1906,  Edvard Grieg added a codicil to his will in which he and his wife, Nina, bequeathed his music manuscripts, articles and letters, printed music, books and other material to Bergen Public Library on condition that the library preserve them and make them accessible to the public.  The collection includes scores, letters, and other documents collected by Edvard , Nina, and friends.The documents of the Archives are now available on the web for music researchers and music lovers  to access.  


Troldhaugen & the Grieg Museum

Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg and his wife, Nina, is an estate outside of Bergen. The Villa was built in 1885, and the couple lived there the last 22 summers of Edvard Grieg’s life. Troldhaugen became a museum in 1928.  It now includes Grieg’s Villa, the composer’s hut and Edvard and Nina's gravesite.  Also on the grounds are a modern museum building and concert hall "Troldsalen," a chamber music hall seating 200 people.  Troldsalen is the center of the museum’s extensive concert activities. The  attractive hall has excellent acoustics and a large  window on stage that overlooks Edvard Grieg's hut. 


Resources

A comprehensive list of resources is available at the Edvard Grieg Society of America’s Website.