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About Me

Hannah Mae Swanson grew up in Darwin and later Deerwood, Minnesota, and takes an inordinate amount of pride in her home state. She is passionate about connecting with people through music, which drew her to collaborative piano. Hannah has performed as a collaborative pianist at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference, Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Baroque Festival, Minnesota and Colorado NATS, the Colorado Music Educators Association conference, and numerous recitals and festivals at UNC, NDSU, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and Bemidji State University (BSU).
Hannah also has extensive experience performing solo piano repertoire. In February 2019, she performed a recital including solo works by Ligeti, Scriabin, Copland, and Mendelssohn at NDSU. She has also given solo performances around Minnesota, Colorado, and North Dakota. Classical piano aside, Hannah has performed as a jazz pianist for jazz combos and ensembles at BSU and in Fargo, ND. Notably, she played for a clinic with Victor Wooten with the Blue Ice Jazz Combo at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville in 2016. Currently, she writes and covers jazz and funk tunes for fun with two of her best friends in Minneapolis.
Hannah started taking piano lessons at age four, but she didn’t start seriously studying classical piano until she was in middle school. In high school, she studied with Susan Kavanaugh of Central Lakes College and with Dr. Edward Turley of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. She then studied with Dr. Stephen Carlson at BSU from 2015-2016 before transferring to NDSU. Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in May 2019 from NDSU after studying with Dr. Tyler Wottrich. She was the recipient of the 2017 Presser Scholarship, as selected by the unanimous vote of the NDSU music faculty. Hannah received a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from UNC in May 2022 after studying with Dr. Edward Rothmel.
Hannah has substantial experience working as a piano instructor. She has been teaching piano since 2015 and has taught at four music academies and schools and teaches private piano independently. She has taught piano in both private and group settings. In recent years, Hannah has directed the piano camp portion of Bemidji MusiCamp. She also enjoys working with choirs immensely and has been a choral accompanist at multiple elementary, middle, and high schools, at the University of Northern Colorado, for church choirs, and at Bemidji MusiCamp. Currently, Hannah is the choral accompanist for the East Central Minnesota Chorale and their sister choir Unum Vox.
Hannah greatly enjoys music directing and loves the world of theatre. She has experience music directing students from ages five to adult. Hannah has co-directed three grades K-2 musicals and one grades 3-4 musical at Trollwood Performing Arts School, acting as both music director and accompanist. She also has taught and accompanied musical theatre courses at Trollwood and Lundstrum Performing Arts. Recently, Hannah assistant music directed Colorado State University's production of Spring Awakening.
Hannah is currently based in Saint Paul, MN. She teaches piano privately, serves on the Bemidji MusiCamp board of directors, plays organ and piano at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, MN, and freelance accompanies for local performing arts institutions, choirs, and universities. Hannah splits her time between her adventures in the realm of music and spending quality time with her cat Cosmos.
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