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Bernt Balchen, Jr., and Olav Jørgen Hegge Hardingfele Scholarships to HFAA Annual Workshops

Bernt Balchen, Jr.
(courtesy of Kjell Bitustøyl)

BERNT BALCHEN, JR. AND OLAV JØRGEN HEGGE HARDINGFELE SCHOLARSHIPS (named in honor of Bernt Balchen, Jr., master fiddle teacher at our early workshops, and the late Olav Jørgen Hegge, founder and leader of the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag) are open to beginning and intermediate hardingfele students attending the HFAA annual summer workshop. Scholarships cover 100% of the workshop tuition and meals (housing costs are not included). Applications must be postmarked by April 15 of the award year.

Olav Jørgen Hegge

See our history of Hardanger fiddle scholarship awards for past workshops.

 Balchen/Hegge Hardingfele Scholarship form (PDF, 141KB)

or request an application by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to:

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America
P.O. Box 23046
Minneapolis, MN 55423-0046 USA

For more information contact scholarships@hfaa.org.

Harold K. Sersland
with dance partners 
Alfhild (“Pat") Karlsgodt Peterson
and Hilda Karlsgodt Kringstad
Harold K. Sersland Young Dancer Scholarship to HFAA Annual Workshops

The Harold K. Sersland Young Dancer Scholarship is available to dancers under the age of 30 as a way to encourage greater participation in Norwegian folk dancing among young people. One scholarship is available for attendance at the HFAA's annual Hardanger Fiddle Music and Dance Workshop, and it covers all tuition and meals (housing costs are not included) plus a small travel stipend. This scholarship is made available thanks to the generosity of Carol and Ken Sersland in honor of their father Harold, who immigrated to the United States from Hjartdal, Telemark and whose love of dancing, particularly the telespringar, was passed down to his daughter.

An application form and more information will be available after February 1, 2017. The deadline to apply for the Harold K. Sersland Young Dancer Scholarship is April 15 of the award year. For more information contact youngdancer@hfaa.org.

Work Scholarships for Attendees of our Annual Workshop

A very limited number of work scholarships covering approximately one-half of the workshop fee are available to support full-time attendance at the annual summer workshop. Workers assist with tasks such as light housekeeping, snack preparation, processing on-site registrations, and collecting concert admissions. If you have skills or an avocation that may be of use, such as videographer, sound technician or medical professional, please let us know. Contact the Workshop Chair at workshopchair@hfaa.org no later than May 1 each year to request a work scholarship. Successful applicants will be notified by May 15; you must send a completed registration form and check for registration and applicable housing fees by the mid-June workshop registration deadline (check the registration form for exact date) to guarantee your position.