• DMA, Orchestral conducting, University of Kansas at Lawrence, 2002
  • MA, soloist diploma, Norwegian State Academy of Music, 1988
  • BA, violin performance, Norwegian State Academy of Music, 1984

Concerts, Conductor

2008–present: Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO), Founder, Artistic Director, Conductor

2010–present: Producing, conducting annual summer orchestra workshop and concerts, Lubec, Maine, collaboration between SummerKeys and PBSO

2009: Production of West Side Story (complete), Bangor Symphony Orchestra

2008–2010: Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine, Guest Conductor; Masterworks and Pops concerts

2006–present: University of Maine at Farmington, Orchestra Conductor

1998–2001: University of Kansas at Lawrence, Symphony Orchestra concerts and operas

1997–1998: Kansas City Camerata (Chamber Orchestra with players from the Kansas City Symphony)

1993: Sonderlylland Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, Guest Conductor

1980–1992: Community orchestras in Denmark and Norway, Conductor


2005–present: Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine, USA

2001–2003: Houston, Texas; freelance concertmaster for ad hoc orchestras hired for church services

1994–1997: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen, Norway; substitute concertmaster for shorter periods

1990–1995: Sonderjutland Symphony Orchestra, Denmark; full-time concertmaster position that included extra responsibilities such as hiring, seating, public relations, programming, budget

1985: Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norway; substitute concertmaster for six months

Soloist with Orchestras

2010, 2008, 2007, 2006: Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine, USA

1998, 1996, 1983: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway

1998: Orchestra of St. Luke, Lincoln Center, New York

1997: Stavanger and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestras, Norway; St. Olaf College and Minot Symphony Orchestras, USA

1997, 1992, 1989, 1987, 1986, 1979: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway

1992: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbican Center, London

1985, 1982: Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Concert Tours

Japan: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1990, 1989

USA: 1998, 1997, 1995

Europe: 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1994, 1992, 1986, 1983

Recordings (CDs)

2010: Works by Gregory Biss, Maine, USA (private label)

2001: Hika, music by Crumb, Takemitsu, Messiaen, Debussy, Grieg, with pianist Einar J. Rottingen (Simax-Grappa label)

1997: Harald Saeverud: Violin Concerto, with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway (BIS label)

1997: Harald Saeverud: Complete works for orchestra, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway (Simax label)

1996: Ghosts, live recording of music for violin by Norwegian composers: Arne Nordheim, Ketil Hvoslef, Glenn Erik Haugland (Hemera label)

1993: Harald Saeverud: Complete works for the violin, with Sonderjutland Symphony Orchestra (Simax label)

1992: Ketil Hvoslef: Violin Concerto, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Aurora label)

1992: Music by Edvard Grieg—commemoration of 150-year celebration (Sonata for violin and piano in C minor) (Narrante label)

Teaching Violin and Viola

Elementary violin/viola, public school system, beginners: 2004–2003: Hancock County, Maine / 1987–1988: Oslo Communal Music School, Norway

Intermediate and advanced violin/viola, private students: Continuously since 1980: Norway (1980–1988), Japan (1988–1989), Denmark (1990–1995), USA (1996–present)

University-level violin/viola: University of Maine at Farmington, Augusta, and Machias, 2005–present

Master classes, violin, open to the public: USA (2000, 1997, 1995) Norway (2001, 1997, 1996), Japan (1994, 1993)

Coaching, string quartet: Harald Saeverud String Quartet Program (HSSQP), Robbinston, Maine (2007, 2006) / HSSQP at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, Maine (2005, 2004) / String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado (1999–2003) / Kansas City String Quartet Program (1996–1999)

Other Teaching Experience

Classroom teaching: Music appreciation and music theory classes: University of Maine at Machias (2006, 2005) Unobskey School/Husson College, Calais, Maine (2006)

Music Outreach program: Created interactive music program and; presented to schools in Hancock County, Maine, grades 4–6 (2003)


2008–present: Founder and Artistic Director: Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (working closely with the board and being responsible for planning, programming, concert logistics, hiring ringers, tax preparation, maintaining 501(c)3 status)

2006–present: Founder of NorEaster String Quartet (planning, logistics, PR, fund-raising)

2001–2006: Founder and Artistic Director: Harad Saeverud String Quartet Program in Maine (working with the board in securing 501(c)3 nonprofit status including writing bylaws; running the program for four years, including hiring/recruiting international faculty and students, planning, budget, fund-raising, concert logistics, securing venues, writing grants)

1996–1997: Responsible for the United States, Canada, and Japan part of centennial celebration of Norwegian composer Harald Saeverud, all activities sponsored by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, including 31 concerts, public relations, budget, assisting embassies in presenting the celebrations, coordinating with committees in Japan and Norway, distribution and return of rental music, preparing plans and texts for presentations at universities in the USA, including University of Texas at Austin, University of Kansas at Lawrence, University of Kentucky at Lexington, St. Olaf College, Concordia College, and University of San Diego

Awards, Grants, Special Recognition

2009: Edvard Grieg/Harald Saeverud Museum, Bergen, Norway—One year grant to produce new critical edition of Harald Saeverud, First Symphony

2008: Robert M. Guptil Award for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Washington County, Maine—Given by the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

2004: Three year-grant ($40,000) from the Grieg/Saeverud Museum, Norway, as start-up support for Harald Saeverud String Quartet Program

2002: Strad Magazine selected recital CD Hika as Editor’s Choice

1998: Harald Saeverud Foundation, Norway—Two-year grant to produce new critical, annotated edition of Harald Saeverud, Second Symphony

1997: Spellemannsprisen, Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Award, for the CD Ghosts

1996: Two-year grant from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry to plan and be in charge of the Harald Saeverud Centennial celebrations in Japan, USA, and Canada

1995: University of Kansas at Lawrence—The KU Endowment awarded a one-year grant for editing project: reconstructing a “lost” symphony by local composer, Kate Hansen