Soprano Halla Kalmansson received her Bachelor or Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A native of Leominster, Miss Kalmansson is an experienced and versatile singer who is qualified to teach in the classical, sacred, folk and musical theatre genres.
Over the past several seasons Miss Kalmansson has been in demand locally as soprano soloist for oratorios including Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat (D Major), Vivaldi's Gloria and John Rutter's Gloria. In June of 2016 she was invited to perform the U.S. premier of composer Amy Barlowe’s Magnificat with Akron Baroque (Ohio). For many years Miss Kalmansson was a featured soloist with the Youth Ensemble of New England and also with Rose, Thorn and Fiddle, both throughout the United States and internationally. In 2011, while studying with Gregorio Rangel at New England Conservatory’s Prep Division, she soloed with the NEC Youth Chorus in Jordan Hall. Nearly every year since 2009, Miss Kalmansson has presented solo recitals at Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster, most recently being featured in the 2015 New Year’s Concert.
Major student opera roles include Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Oberto (Alcina, cover). Opera Scenes roles include Marcelline (Fidelio), Gretel (Christopher Columbus) and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld). Although her degree is in opera, Miss Kalmansson spent much of her childhood performing in local musical theatre productions, which gives her a special insight into the genre. Local theatre roles have included Chip (Beauty and the Beast) with Clinton Community Theatre, Amaryllis (The Music Man) and the Nightingale of Samarkand (Once Upon a Mattress) with Sterling Community Theatre, Fanny (Bah Humbug) with Calliope Theatre and Salata (Utopia, Ltd.) with Sudbury Light Opera Company.
While studying with Dr. Mary Schiller at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in 2016 Miss Kalmansson won CIM’s Pauline Thesmacher Award for vocal and musical excellence and placed third in the Ohio Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. In 2015 she placed second in the NATS competition. At CIM’s commencement exercises this past May Miss Kalmansson was selected the represent the undergraduate division by singing “The Doll Song” from Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach. She is excited to be joining the teaching faculty of Joy of Music in 2017.