Joan Haaland Paddock is Professor of Music at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. The first woman awarded an Indiana University trumpet performance doctorate, Paddock is Fulbright Scholar to Norway, Emmy Award Winner from National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and HealthRHYTHMS™ Facilitator. A Bach Clinician, she is guest soloist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the Americas, Northern and Southern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. A trumpeter with Salem Symphonic Winds, Oregon Symphonic Band, Yamhill River Brass, Britt Festival Orchestra, and “on call” with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera, Dr. Paddock also leads drumming for team building and wellness. Uniquely, Joan sounds the Lur (Nordic Wooden Trumpet) for Scandinavian Cultural Festivals in the US and abroad and has performed at Minot’s Norsk Høstfest for over 30 years!
The sound of the Viking Lur is one that is heard throughout the halls of Minot’s Norsk Høstfest. Haunting and melancholy, sometimes brilliant and celebratory, calls heard over the past thirty years are sounded by Joan Haaland Paddock, who grew up in Minot and over time has spent many months in Scandinavia. She returns for the 44th year to perform at Høstfest, beginning with commemoration ceremonies for Sondre Norheim in Denbigh, continuing with fanfares for Minot’s Service Club Luncheon, Governor’s Reception, Scandinavian Hall of Fame Banquet, the Great Hall of the Vikings, and other locations. Once per day, at Stockholm Hall at Familie Fjord, she will tell the short story of Prillar Guri for children and then teach them how to sound the lur (they will receive their own to play!) Twice a day, in Copenhagen Hall, she will serve as emcee for the parade of beautiful Scandinavian national dress in the Bunad Show. When you see her, ask her to sound the Lur, the Norwegian Wooden Trumpet just for you!