Singers

foto: Zoltan Tot

foto: Zoltan Tot

Soprano:
Olga- Lise Holmen
Bodil Onsøien

Alto:
Tove Oppegaard Flæsen
Eline Hellerud Åsbakk
Lena Sletten

Tenor:
Øystein Fredriksen
Dag Håvard Hanssen

Bass:
Michael Strobelt
Trygve Skipenes Østrem
Audun Skog

In addition, there are several other singers connected to the choir on different projects.  

 
 

Artistic leader

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The choir´s artistic leader is Bjørn Andor Drage.  He is a highly acclaimed personality within the cultural scene in Norway, working as a composer, organ recitalist and ensemble conductor. He is also a professor at the conservatory of Tromsø.

Bjørn Andor Drage has worked together with the choir on several occasions throughout the years, both as a conductor, musician and producer. He has also written many compositions and arrangements for the choir.

Former artistic leaders:
Lone Larsen from 2011 to 2015.
Ragnar Rasmussen from 1997 to 2011

 
 

The choir

Vokal Nord is a chamber choir based in Tromsø, Norway. The ensemble is known and recognised for their characteristic sound based on ethnic music from the north, combined with repertoire from the baroque period. 
The ensemble was established in Tromsø in 1997, when a group of singers came together with the ambition to form a vocal ensemble on an international level. At first, the repertoire focused on the baroque period. Soon the choir also included contemporary music inspired by traditional folk music from the northern parts of Scandinavia, especially the sami vocal traditions.

Vokal nord anno 2012. Foto: Kjell Ove Storvik

Vokal nord anno 2012. Foto: Kjell Ove Storvik

Vokal Nord often collaborate with different orchestras in order to perform music from the baroque period. Over the past few years, they have performed Handel’s Messiah and Bach´s St. Johns passion together with the Artctic symphony orchestra (NOSO), conducted by Herbert Böck. Together with the russian baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum the choir has held performances both in Russia and Norway, playing rare material from the baroque composer Platti. 

Vokal nord and pratum integrum performing  requiem by platti. foto: Marius Fiskum for nordlysfestivalen

Vokal nord and pratum integrum performing  requiem by platti. foto: Marius Fiskum for nordlysfestivalen

vokal nord anno 2014. foto: yngve olsen sæbbe

vokal nord anno 2014. foto: yngve olsen sæbbe

Guest conductors

Bjørn Andor drage with the british organ player and conductor martin baker

Bjørn Andor drage with the british organ player and conductor martin baker

Vokal Nord has collaborated with many different conductors from all over Europe. Our latest collaborations include Herbert Böck (Austria), Reza Agamir (Norway), Øystein Jæger (Norway), Henrik Ødegaard (Norway), Martin Baker (Great Britain). Previous years collaborations include Elitsa Simonska (Norway/ Bulgaria), Elisabeth Holte (Norway), Anna Jelstad (Norway), Nacho Rodriguez (Spain), Geir Lysne (Norway) Gunnar Eriksson (Sweden), Carl Høgset (Norway), Grete Pedersen (Norway), Magnar Mangersnes, (Norway), Eric Ericson(Sweden), Jesper Grove Jørgensen (Denmark) U Gen Ir (Russia), Erik Westberg (Sweden), Evgenij Gurev (Russia), Pier Paulo Scattolin (Italy),  Tora Augestad (Norway), Thorbjørn Dyrud (Norway/Sweden), Jochen A. Modess (Germany) and Robin Ticciati (Great Britain).

Ensembles we have collaborated with include Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra (NOSO), the Russian baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, the german baroque orchestra Concerto Farinelli  and the Norwegian baroque ensemble Brøstadbotn Barokkband , directed by oboist Anna Starr.

Vokal Nord also do project together with musicians from different genres, both from the classical world and from jazz/ rhytmic music. To name a few: Tora Augestad (Norway), Henning Sommero (Norway), Iver Kleive (Norway), Susanne Lundeng (Norway), Håvard Lund (Norway), Mats Eilertsen (Norway), Tore Bruvoll (Norway) and Marit Sandvik (Norway) 

Board

Øystein Fredriksen (leader), Tove Oppegaard Flæsen (treasurer),  Audun Skog (member), Trygve Skipenes Østrem (deputy) og Olga- Lise Holmen (deputy).

The managing director of Vokal Nord is  Dag Håvard Hanssen. He was one of the founders of the choir, and has played an important role for the development of the ensemble.