Hintzsche Places 1st in Grieg Song Competition

On June 9th, Harrison Hintzsche was awarded first place in the Advanced Division of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Voice Competition. He was also the first-ever recipient of the William H. Halverson award. He was assisted by pianist Mary Trotter. Their audition repertoire included:

Stenhammar - Vandraren
Grieg - Foraarsregn
Grieg - Våren
Grieg - Fyremål
Sibelius - Norden

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 [sic], Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.

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

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.

- Taken from the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota website

Harrison Hintzsche, Mary Trotter, Froya Olson

Harrison Hintzsche, Mary Trotter, Froya Olson

Harrison Hintzsche with William H. Halverson

Harrison Hintzsche with William H. Halverson

Harrison Hintzsche