Soprano Halla Kalmansson received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
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 New England Conservatory Youth Chorus in Jordan Hall. Major student opera roles include Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), and Oberto (Alcina, cover). Opera Scenes roles include Marcelline (Fidelio), Gretel (Christopher Columbus), and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld).
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.
Miss Kalmansson has been teaching voice and piano privately for eleven years, and at Thayer Conservatory since 2014.
In her spare time, Miss Kalmansson enjoys reading, knitting, and playing with her three cats.
Susan Dill, lyric soprano, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music with a major in Choral Music Education. She studied voice with Alice Long Walker, Philip A. Duey, Robert Gartside, and Ella Lou Dimmock, and piano with Alice Kern and
In addition to her training in classical vocal and piano music, Ms. Dill is at home with Broadway and popular songs, and has served as music director for a number of musicals. Her credits include Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, Song on the Wind, The Music Man, Carousel, Celestial City, Something's Afoot, The Drunkard, The Apple Tree, Little Shop of Horrors, The Robber Bridegroom, Godspell, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Working, Baby, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, andThe H.M.S. Pinafore.
Ms. Dill also has a love of folk music, especially that of America and the British Isles. She has performed as soloist and choral director at Middlesex Community College, most recently in The World of Music Concert series’ American Folk Tradition: Songs of the River, Rails, and High Seas. She has directed the Middlesex Community College Choir, the Concord Madrigal and the Hartford Street Singers, the First Baptist Church choir of Bedford and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston and Lenox. She is currently Music Director at the historic, multi-cultural Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, Massachusetts.
In addition to her musical background, she holds a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and enjoys dabbling in gardening and is a fused and stained glass artist.
Ms. Dill has been a faculty member at Thayer since 2008.