Svea Singers sing
traditional Swedish folksongs a capella. They are from Grand Marais,
Minnesota and first got together when Grand Marais put on their first
Hygge Festival in ‘tropical’ February.
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
is a children's author, actress and storyteller. Rose grew up going to
Swedish camp and many Midsummer festivals. She had the idea to start
the group when Grand Marais put on their first Hygge [HOO-guh] Festival
in February, and was delighted when Yvonne, Erin and Erika said yes.
loves to sing and has sung most of her life, and is a staple in the
Grand Marais music scene. She's new to Swedish music and language-- and
is a fluent Swedish speaker (fun fact: Rose was once her language camp
counselor!), and she has spent many years playing Swedish fiddle music
as well as teaching Swedish.
plays violin and piano in addition to singing. She was a professional
choral singer in Philadelphia before moving to Minnesota. She teaches
high school choir in Grand Marais. Though she grew up in Nashville and
had never even met a Lutheran before moving to MN, she still got all
the Lutheran jokes on Prairie Home Companion.
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