Olsson, a former "Viking Princess
of Greater New York," is of Norwegian and Swedish parentage.
Born in Brooklyn, she was taken to Lista, Norway at the age of eight
months. Her first spoken words were in Norwegian. She returned to
Brooklyn as a toddler, but spoke both Norwegian and Swedish at home.
She returned to live in Norway when she was eleven, and attended
Hassel Folkeskolen. At the age of twelve, she returned to Brooklyn.
Ingrid made her debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonia,
singing the role of Orpheus in excerpts from Gluck's opera, Orpheus
ed Euridice, when she was fifteen. A New York All-City Chorus
Scholarship winner, she attended New York University on a full academic
scholarship, graduating as a University Honors Scholar. She received
her Master's Degree from the State University of New York at Stony
Well known in America's Scandinavian community,
Ingrid is a specialist in Scandinavian folk music and art song.
She began performing in the Scandinavian community in Brooklyn when
she was four years old, and studied voice for 25 years with legendary
Norwegian-American voice teacher, Agnes Forde. Ingrid had the good
fortune to sing, for many years, with the superb accordionist, Walter
Eriksson. She has performed on television and radio in Norway and
Sweden, as well as in this country. She has sung for the King of
Sweden, the Crown Princess of Norway, and for two of Norway's Prime
Ingrid has been soprano soloist in many churches
and temples in the New York metropolitan area. She has also performed
in opera, operetta, and musical comedy, in roles as diverse as Lili
in Carnival, Katisha in The Mikado, and The Mother
in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
She has given recitals of contemporary art song
at Lincoln Center, and under the auspices of the New York Council
of the Arts, the Ford Foundation, American Penwomen, Composers,
Authors, and Artists of America, and the New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs. She has also performed for the Sons of Norway,
the Swedish Vasa Order, the Danish Chamber of Commerce, the Scandinavian
American Foundation, the American Scandinavian Society, and the
Long Island Scandinavian Society. Ingrid has sung at all of the
major Scandinavian music festivals in the metropolitan New York
area. In recent years, Ingrid has had the joy of singing with the
Scandinavian Accordion Club of New York, and with Jeanne Eriksson
Widman's band, Smörgåsbandet. With the bands, she has
performed throughout the New York metropolitan area, Minnesota,
Montana, at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota, the
Scandinavian Folk Festival in Jamestown, New York, and at "Bälgspel
vid Landvägskanten" in Ransäter, Sweden. Ingrid has
been honored by having her picture displayed in the Lister Utvandrermuseum
(Emmigration Museum) in Kvinesdal, Norway.
Ingrid and her husband, Richard, met at New York
University where he became her accompanist. After hearing him play,
she had to marry him! They have two children, Aaron and Kari, and
they live in Glen Head, New York
Ingrid is also the featured soprano soloist on
the CD A Swedish Christmas.
Feingold, B.A. Hofstra University, M.A. State University
of New York at Stony Brook, is a conductor, pianist, arranger, and
He studied piano and music theory with Frances
Goldstein of the Juilliard School of Music, and with David Poliakine.
Dick studied solfege with Luther Goodhart of New York University,
and with Gabor Friss of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
A conducting student of Maestro Laszlo Halasz, founder of the New
York City Opera Company, Dick later served as Assistant Conductor
and Chorus Director for many of Maestro Halasz's operatic and symphonic
As a pianist, Dick was the recipient of the Flavia
Davis Porter Prize. He has performed for the Crown Princess of Norway,
and for two of Norway's Prime Ministers. He has concertised both
in this country and in Norway.
Dick has conducted many choral and instrumental
groups, including the Concert Orchestra and Chorus of Long Island,
the New York All-City Chorus, the Hampton Bays Music Festival, the
Faerder Singers (a Norwegian Men's Chorus in Brooklyn, New York),
and the Vasa Folkdancers of New York Singers (a Swedish-American
For many years a Music Specialist in the Port Washington
Public Schools, Dick has also taught in the Master's Program at
the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and in the Undergraduate
Program of S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury. He has been a Music Education
Consultant to the New York City Board of Education, the Creative
Arts Workshop of Port Washington, and the Half Hollow Hills School
District. He was one of the people featured in the book, PORTraits,
which is about people who have been important to the Port Washington
community, and upon his retirement from teaching, the Guggenheim
Elementary School auditorium was named in his honor.
Dick also did the choral
arrangements, trained, and conducted the chorus on the CD A
Swedish Christmas. He speaks Norwegian, with a true "Lista"
McFadden, the violinist on "Per Spelmann," is
a native of Wichita, Kansas. She earned a B.A. in Music Education,
graduating summa cum laude with an emphasis in piano. After teaching
elementary vocal music in Wichita for two years, she moved to New
York to pursue acting and landed various roles in theatre and television.
Monica's love of teaching music, however, eventually led her back
into the school setting. She taught elementary vocal music in Port
Washington, conducting two elementary choirs, and teaching string
classes. Currently, Monica has moved back to the Midwest, and she
is teaching in Wisconsin. She has been playing piano and violin
since childhood, and she is grateful for the huge role music has
played in her life.