Halla Kalmansson, a native of Leominster, received her early training from Gregorio Rangel at New England Conservatory’s Prep Division. During that time she performed as soloist with the NEC Youth Chorus in Jordan Hall. For many years Halla was a featured soloist with the Youth Ensemble of New England and “Rose, Thorn and Fiddle.” Both groups toured nationally and internationally.
Halla went on to earn her Bachelor or Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Dr. Mary Schiller. In 2015, while at CIM, Halla placed second in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. In 2016, she won CIM’s Pauline Thesmacher Award for vocal and musical excellence and placed third in the NATS competition. Major student opera roles included Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Oberto (Alcina, cover). Opera Scenes roles included Marcelline (Fidelio), Gretel (Christopher Columbus), and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld).
Over the past several seasons Halla 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). Halla has been teaching voice and piano privately for ten years, the past two at Joy of Music.