Freelance singer/vocal teacher/conductor/composer. Born in Sandnessjøen, Nordland, Norway. Currently living in Trondheim.
Hazel studied classical singing and vocal pedagogy at The Grieg Academy in Bergen (1994-97), then post-graduate studies at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim (1997-98 and 2001-02). In 2010-11 she did part-time studies in composition at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. Hazel is active in many roles, and may well be considered a musical potato. As a singer she has sung both the soprano and alto parts in Mozarts «Requiem», the alto part in Bachs «Christmas Oratorio» and several other works. She has sung the roles of Serpina in «La Serva Padrona», Nicola Fausta in «Saturn Rings», and the vampire in «Sötskolan» – all chamber operas. Her repertoire
extends from early to contemporary music. She has also sung with the jazz group The Source. Lately she has been doing several productions with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra as a member of the TSO Vocal Ensemble, the last production being «Dido and Aeneas» in June 2013. Being a former member of the female choir Embla, she has been awarded with several first prizes at international choir competitions.
As a vocal teacher she is highly in demand, and has private students of all ages, next to teaching at the Municipal School of Performing Arts in Trondheim. She was employed at the Musical Department of Mosjøen High School from 1999-2010, but has also teached on higher levels in Norway, and lectured at the Arkhangelsk Music College in Russia. Hazel has conducted several choirs, among them Helgeland Kammerkor. At present she is musical director and conductor for the choir Rolling Tones in Trondheim. She also gives seminars on demand for choirs all over the country.
As a composer, Hazel wrote a mini-opera that was staged in Trondheim in 2012. Three of her choral arrangements is published, and there is more to come. At present she is writing a song cycle with lyrics by Karin Boye, to be performed in 2014.