Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Linda M. Haugen AKA Linda Tutas Haugen
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Haugen will research the ancient folk music of Norway, specifically the Hardanger violin, Seljefloyte (willow flute), and the Kvedar style of singing, and compose three chamber pieces. In addition, she will host an open performance and workshop for compo
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Heather Barringer: Artistic co-director, Zeitgeist. Member, Crash.; Paul Dove: Co-founder and artistic director, Northern Light Opera Company. Chair, Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.; Ignacio Herrera: Piano instructor, MacPhail Center for Music. Performer, director, and composer.; Andre-Louis Heywood: Adjunct instructor, Faculty Resident, and All-College Choir director, St John's University. Member, ACC, CMEA, VoiceCare Network. Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair, ACDA Minnesota.; Jayanthi Kyle: Singer in Black Audience.; Peter Leggett: Executive director, Walker West Music Academy. Board member at City of St Paul Cultural STAR and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Musician for Heiruspecs.; Tracy Lipke-Perry: Assistant professor of piano, University of Minnesota Duluth. Collaborative artist, vocal coach, and solo pianist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) I researched traditional Norwegian folk music through recordings and the existing body of documentation, and consulted with ethnomusicologists and performers throughout Minnesota who studied folk music in Norway. I took lessons on the Hardanger fiddle, seljefloyte (willow flute), and studied the Kvedar style of singing and attained a basic knowledge and performance skill level. I composed chamber pieces (15.45 min.) incorporating these folk instruments and techniques into my music. 2) I greatly increased my understanding of Norwegian folk music from months of research and lessons; I became reasonably proficient in playing the fiddle and seljefloyte (enough to perform at the Workshop/Performance), and developed a basic comprehension of the intricate ornamentation style of Kvedar singing. My chamber music compositions using the Hardanger fiddle and seljefloyte were performed at the Workshop/Performance in addition to a teaching/educational summary of my activities and what I learned. 2: 1. I studied and learned from Minnesota teachers/experts in Hardanger fiddle, seljefloyte, and Kvedar singing. They were very supportive of my project, and helpful with research resources, books and recordings. They watched and participated in the process as did the additional performing artists. The Workshop/Performance allowed the audience to hear both traditional folk music, and the chamber works I composed using Norwegian tunes and instruments, along with a description of my process. 2. The audience was extremely enthusiastic with the introduction of Norwegian folk instruments, the description of my compositional process, and the newly composed works. Most of the audience was either classically trained or purely folk musicians. Each had been introduced to the genre of the other. I heard many positive comments following the Workshop/Performance about how much individuals had learned, and how beautiful, unusual, and accessible the music was. I had provided a bridge between the two traditions!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Linda M. Haugen AKA Linda Tutas Haugen
(952) 431-3219
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