Story of visiting Swedish grandmother with music, songs, instruments and artifacts.
Ross first came to Norsk Høstfest in 1997, the first year that the Høstfest in the Schools program was launched. He has come every year since then and also helped start the Scandinavian Youth Camp which gives an in-depth Hostfest experience to youth in Minot. Ross has worked with either Val Arrowsmith or Gretchen Jones to lead a group of second and third grade children performing Swedish song and dances at Norsk Høstfest. With his degree in Music Education from Luther College and over thirty-five years of experience working in schools all over the United States and in Europe, Ross is a versatile and seasoned performer, equally at ease on a large concert stage or in a small classroom. Ross has Swedish heritage and has made numerous trips to Sweden to collect music and study with master Swedish musicians. Every year Ross leads the dancing at the Midsummer Celebration in Battery Park in New York City and at the Scandinavian Festival in Thousand Oaks, California. Ross produces a Christmas show at the American Swedish Institute entitled Julglädje (Christmas Joy) each year.
Ross’s personal web site: http://rosssutter.com/
Find out what programs Ross offers, buy his music or find out where he is teaching and performing. Contact him with questions too.
Ross’s Swedish song game web site: swedishsonggames.info
Here you can find music and video for learning the song games that Ross teaches every year at Norsk Høstfest.
American Swedish Institute Youth Programs web site: https://www.asimn.org/youth-handcraft-programs
The ASI offers a lot of online courses for children and families and many of them are free!
Korröfestivalen Children’s program: http://www.korrofestivalen.se/
Fast forward to the 3 hour and 53 minute mark on the YouTube post to find this outstanding children’s program. There are many performances and workshops during this ten and half hour virtual festival.
Here is a link to one of my favorite children’s shows of all time. There are excerpts from many of the marvelous songs in this show at this web site. Maybe some day it will come to Norsk Høstfest and we can all learn how to call the cows the way they do in this show:
When the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020 one of my favorite schools called me up to do a video project using one of my favorite children’s songs: Family Tree by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Here is a link to the video that was produced: