Lunch & Learn

Each month, musicians perform a free, noontime program in Rochester. See specific event for details.
An optional lunch is available 30 minutes prior to the program.

11:30 am – Lunch
12:00-12:45 pm – FREE program
$10 catered lunch – bag lunches welcome
To purchase lunch, e-mail or call Corey Henke at 507-696-2023

Rochester Music Guild thanks Christ United Methodist Church, Charter House, Zumbro Lutheran Church,
and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for their support of the music education mission of Rochester Music Guild.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

Rachel Ulvin Jensen, a Twin Cities native, has been playing the classical violin since age four.  In 1988 her family acquired a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle during a trip to Norway.  A few years later, Rachel began playing the Hardanger fiddle and is now an active member of the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag (group).  The Twin Cities Hardingfelelag performs traditional Norwegian folk music for a variety of audiences and dances.  Rachel studied under master fiddler Olaf Hegge from Valdres, Norway.  In the fall of 2004, Rachel won a scholarship to study the Hardanger fiddle at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss, Norway.  In June 2006, the group made its first trip to Beitostolen, Norway to participate in the annual Landskappleik, a competition in dance and Hardanger fiddle.  Rachel regularly freelances on both the classical violin and Hardanger fiddle.  Rachel was an adjunct Hardanger Fiddle instructor at St. Olaf College in 2011-2012, and has taught at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America’s summer workshop.  She appeared as a musician, in Robert Bly’s adaptation of Peer Gynt, at the Guthrie.  She was also a consultant on the Hardanger fiddle for the Guthrie’s 2013 production of Nice Fish.  Having made three trips to Norway, Rachel is proud of her Norwegian heritage and is fascinated by the haunting melodies of the Hardanger fiddle.