Common Ground Choir invited to Folklife Festival

May 20, 2014

The Common Ground Choir, Issaquah’s own contemporary “Glee”-style gospel choir, led by Dan Hegelund, has been invited to perform at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival.

Hegelund moved to Issaquah from Sweden last year, and his wife and two kids finally joined him April 18 after some Green Card delays.

Hegelund opened Common Ground Choir Academy on Gilman Boulevard in September, and now six months later the music school has private students, three contemporary children choirs and a contemporary adult choir.

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Common Ground Gospel choir opens school

August 27, 2013

The Common Ground Gospel choir, led by director Dan Hegelund, will open an Issaquah academy Sept. 1.

Hegelund’s choirs are big, energetic affairs, giving participants the chance to sing music by contemporary secular and gospel artists in a fun, inviting atmosphere, he said.

He started the choirs in March 2013, shortly after moving his family from Sweden to Issaquah. He has choirs for children, adults and seniors, offering a variety of singing styles and genres.

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Renowned director starts new choirs in Issaquah

February 26, 2013

Choir director Dan Hegelund has performed in some lofty locales across the European continent. He’s sung at the presidential palace in Ukraine, performed in front of the Latvian government and appeared with his choir on national television in Sweden.

Contributed Members of the Common Ground Gospel choir get excited after a recent performance.

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Dan Hegelund performs in Clash of the Choirs, which was televised on national television in Sweden in 2010.

Last year, though, Hegelund and his family decided to leave Sweden and move to the United States. The family could have chosen to settle anywhere in the U.S., but the Hegelunds decided, without any doubt, that Issaquah would be the place for them.

“We believe we made a good choice, and we look forward to raising our children here and becoming part of the Issaquah community,” Hegelund said in an email.

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