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Teachers, Performers, and Groups

The following is a list of Hardanger fiddle teachers, performers and Hardanger fiddle groups (spelemannslag) who are interested in coming into contact with potential students, fellow musicians, workshop and concert organizers, dance groups, and others. The players listed are HFAA members variously experienced in teaching, performing, and playing for dance, among many other things. The list is for public use, with the intention of providing a resource with which to contact players and groups who are interested in sharing their music and their experience.

If you are an HFAA member interested in being included on this list, please contact us at president@hfaa.org. To join the HFAA, visit our Membership page.

Disclaimer: The information in this listing has been volunteered by members of the HFAA. The HFAA has not ranked, endorsed, or otherwise vouched for the information provided. This listing is provided for information only.

Last updated: October 2015


MIDWESTERN U.S.

Karin Loberg Code

Kalamazoo, MI
Contact: 269-323-3003, lobergcode (at) gmail (dot) com
homepages.wmich.edu/~code/karin

Karin Loberg Code is a violin and viola teacher/performer in Kalamazoo. She has studied the Hardanger fiddle for over twenty years and lived in Norway for three years, performing for various dance groups and concerts in Oslo. Also while living in Norway she was a member of several spelemannslags and competed in folk music competitions or kappleiks. In the US, Karin has been on the teaching staff at Nordic Fiddles and Feet, Scandia Camp Mendocino, Springdans Northwest and the HFAA annual workshops. She focuses her efforts on the music and dance of Valdres and Hallingdal, but has also studied styles from other districts in Norway.

Fargo Spelemannslag

Fargo, ND
Contacts: Joan Covington, j (dot) covington (at) me (dot) com, Alison Wallace, wallaceviolin (at) gmail (dot) com

Formed in the summer of 2016 and founded by Maija Lindaas, her mother Alison Wallace, and Joan Covington, the Fargo Spelemannslag seeks to promote traditional Norwegian music and dance throughout the region. We are fortunate to have an experienced master dancer and teacher, Valerie Thompson, among our number, as well as a couple of fiddle makers. We get together regularly for dance parties, so we can fiddle for one another’s dancing, and help one another in private lesson sessions. We meet between the poles of Fargo ND, and Fergus Falls and Perham, MN. Beginners in both fiddle and dance are welcome.

Fykerud'n Spelemannslag

Madison, WI
Contact: Karen Rebholz, 
k.rebholz (at) sbcglobal (dot) net or Carlyce Skjervem, cjskjervem (at) gmail (dot) com
http://innalarsen.weebly.com/fykerudn-spelemannslag.html

The Fykerud'n Spelemannslag (named after Lars Fykerud) is a group of Hardanger fiddlers. Practice is every other Thursday from 7 to 9 PM and alternate beginner and advanced sessions. The group performs occasionally in the greater Madison area.


Inna Larsen
Madison, WI
Contact: 608-236-0468, freia66 (at) gmail (dot) com
http://innalarsen.weebly.com/innas-music-page.html

Inna Larsen has played violin since 1980 and the Hardanger fiddle since 1993, studying with Norwegian and American teachers at the HFAA annual workshop. Her repertoire consists of tunes from all over Norway, and she performs at various Scandinavian events in Madison and Southern Wisconsin. Since 2000, Inna has taught several beginning students the fundamentals of Hardanger fiddle playing and founded Fykerud’n Spelemannslag, a group that meets monthly. Her goal is to have an active Hardanger fiddler presence in the Madison area.

Julane Lund
Mooresville, Indiana
Contact: 317-831-1147, julanelund (at) hotmail (dot) com
http://www.julanelund.com/

Julane Lund has played Norwegian-American fiddle music from her youth, having learned from her grandfather, and she has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in traditional fiddling from Telemark University College (Rauland campus), in Norway. Julane plays bygdedans from Setesdal and Telemark on the Hardanger fiddle, and she also plays music from various areas of Norway on the conventional violin (many tunes are from Trøndelag). Her expertise is in Norwegian-American old-time fiddling, of which both the conventional fiddle and Hardanger fiddle have been used. Besides fiddling, she often sing songs in Norwegian at concerts. Julane is interested in striking up collaborative musical projects with musicians who play Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American music.


Karen Rebholz
Madison, Wisconsin
Contact: (608) 628-1323, k.rebholz (at) sbcglobal (dot) net
http://karenrebholz.weebly.com/

Karen enjoys teaching bygdedans tunes from Telemark and Valdres. She co-directs and hosts biweekly rehearsals of Fykerud’n Spelemannslag and has performed individually and with "Ladies of the Fjord." Karen also makes and repairs Hardanger fiddles.


Twin Cities Hardingfelelag
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Contact: Rachel Jensen, rulvin (at) hotmail (dot) com
The Twin Cities Hardingfelelag was founded by Olav Jørgen Hegge and plays for performances and dancing throughout the Upper Midwest. They meet to practice in various locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area.


NORTHEASTERN U.S.

Laurie Hart
Ithaca, NY
Contact: 607-277-6201, laurie (at) lauriehartfiddle (dot) com
www.lauriehartfiddle.com

Laurie Hart teaches Hardanger fiddle and regular fiddle in private lessons and classes, with a focus on Norwegian or Swedish music. She has been on staff, teaching these traditions and playing for dance classes, at the Ashokan Northern Week and the Dance Flurry events in New York. Laurie plays Hardanger fiddle for dancing a variety of Norwegian gammaldans and bygdedans traditions, especially Telemark and Vestland tunes, but some Valdres, Setesdal and Hallingdal tunes as well.


Petra Kirstein
Brooklyn, NY
Contact: pitonthemoon (at) hotmail (dot) com
www.scandiany.org

Petra Kirstein has been playing the Hardanger fiddle since 2003, and she loves to play for dancing! Petra plays a set each week for the Scandia New York dance in Manhattan. She plays dances from Telemark, Hallingdal and Valdres. Petra also enjoys playing for weddings or any other kind of party.


Dan Trueman
Princeton, NJ
Contact: 609-252-9717, dtrueman (at) princeton (dot) edu
http://www.manyarrowsmusic.com/

Dan Trueman plays primarily Telemark style and has learned tunes from Hauk Buen, Per Anders Buen Garnås, Vidar Lande, Loretta Kelley, and others. Dan teaches music composition at Princeton University and has taught Hardanger fiddle classes at the HFAA annual workshops.


Toby Weinberg
Syracuse, NY
Contact: 315-478-1790, tobyweinberg (at) hotmail (dot) com


Boston Spelemannslag
Contact: Toby Weinberg, 315-478-1790, tobyweinberg (at) hotmail (dot) com

Hardanger fiddle players meet to practice tunes, learn with guest fiddle teachers from Norway, and occasionally perform. Varying times and locations around greater Boston, Worcester, or Cape Cod.

Vilde Aaslid

Brooklyn, NY
Contact: vaaslid (at) gmail (dot) com

Vilde Aaslid plays tunes mostly from the Vestland and Telemark traditions. She also sings songs from a number of Norwegian districts. Vilde has been on staff as a fiddle instructor and dance fiddler at the HFAA workshops. She enjoys teaching and playing for dances, concerts, weddings, and other events.



MID-ATLANTIC U.S.

Loretta Kelley
Takoma Park, MD (Washington, DC area)
Contact: 301-270-4925, lorettakelley (at) fanitull (dot) org
www.fanitull.org

Loretta Kelley has performed and taught the Hardanger fiddle for nearly 30 years in both the US and Norway. Her particular expertise is Telemark springar and gangar, but she plays and teaches all hardingfele traditions. She gives private and group lessons both in-person and via videoconference and plays for dances, weddings, concerts and many other types of events.



SOUTHERN U.S.

Laurel Lawshae
Austin, TX

Contact: 512-294-3821, kingbutler (at) yahoo (dot) com
www.austinscandi.org

Laurel Lawshae is a professional violinist. She received the Bernt Balchen Jr. Scholarship in 2010 to study Hardanger fiddle at the HFAA Workshops in WI. She regularly plays Hardanger fiddle for the Austin Scandinavian Dancers. Laurel plays a variety of Norwegian dances on the Hardanger fiddle. She is interested in playing for dancing and other events and connecting with other fiddlers and dancers.


NORTHWESTERN U.S.

Bill Boyd
Seattle, WA
Contact: 206-784-4783, hfele (at) aol (dot) com
www.facebook.com/william.boyd
 
Began to play hardingfele in 1983, and joined HFAA that year. Play regularly in the Seattle area for the Seattle Norwegian dance group Leikarringen, for public dances, and for other occasions ranging from weddings to public events. Have had multiple opportunities over the years to learn from Norwegian fiddlers, including at the HFAA sponsored summer meetings. Also play fiddle and keyboards with the Seattle Scandinavian group Hale Bill and the Bopps (www.myspace.com/halebillandthebopps ).


TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble
Contact: Phil Wilkinson, philipwilkinson (at) yahoo (dot) com

The TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble began in 2003 with two Hardanger fiddles. It has expanded over the years and now may include woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe d'amore) and rhythm (guitar, bass). We perform mainly in the Seattle-Tacoma area for the various Skandia dances, Skandia Ball, for Sons and Daughters of Norway, Northwest Folklife, and other Heritage events. On the First Sunday in December we produce an annual Lucia Pageant with real candles, Scandinavian food, and live music by our Hardanger ensemble. We welcome new Hardanger fiddlers (some prior experience on violin or other fiddle styles helpful). Some Hardanger fiddles are available for loan. Our playbook is available to share. Co-managers are Phil Wilkinson and Marissa Essad. Membership in the HFAA is encouraged but not required.