Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, Krista Sweer
Danish born contralto, Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, has performed throughout North America promoting Scandinavian vocal culture. In the New York area she has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with Gotham Chamber Opera in such productions as Cavallis Eliogabalo, Catans La Hija di Rappacini and Beechers I Have No Stories to Tell You, as well as with a number of other opera companies. A company member of Light Opera of New Jersey, she has been in their productions of The Magic Flute (Third Lady), The Gondoliers (Duchess of Plaza-Toro), The True Story of Cinderella (Stepmother), Pattermania (several characters) and most recently in The Daughter of the Regiment (Marquise of Berkenfield). She has performed with numerous orchestras in the greater New York area as well as the Pacific Northwest and is the co-founder of Beowulf Consort, a chamber ensemble that tells stories through music. Hannes German Lieder CD Northern Passion can be purchased at iTunes.com or amazon.com.
Krista Sweer is a pianist, teacher, and vocal coach originally from Hollidaysburg, PA. She received her BS in Music Education from Messiah College where she graduated with honors and was a recipient of the Daniel Vollmer Music Scholarship. While there, Krista studied piano with Ya-Ting Chang and earned the prestigious Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award. She then went on to earn her Masters degree in Collaborative Piano as a graduate assistant at Florida State University where she studied with Dr. Timothy Hoekman. While studying at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria she was awarded the Harold Heiberg Award for Excellence in Collaborative Piano. Krista has played in master classes for artists such as Barbara Bonney and Ricky Ian Gordon and has been a staff pianist at numerous festivals and competitions. Currently, Krista is the Assistant Choral Director at Roxbury High School and the Music Director/Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.