LA noted expert on Scandinavian vocal literature and diction, Dr. Hersey was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm, where she collaborated with pianist Matti Hirvonen. The pair recently appeared as guest artists at the Lief Eriksson International Festival.
Dr. Hersey conducted research at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Danish Academy of Music) and Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen), thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation.
She has presented her research at the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, the University of Copenhagen Center for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, and the Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies.
Dr. Hersey’s articles on Scandinavian diction and repertoire were recently published in the Journal of Singing, VOICEPrints, and The Opera Journal. Her translations and transcriptions have been published by Plangere and by Carnegie Hall. Her first book, Scandinavian Art Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction, is available from Rowman & Littlefield and may be purchased here.
Dr. Hersey has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing recitals of Nordic music and giving master classes, with funding from the Finlandia Foundation, American Scandinavian Foundation, and Sons of Norway. She currently serves on the boards of the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota and the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes.