Bruce Karstadt, director of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis describes the effect of Ross’s performances: “Thanks again for being with us this past Saturday. It was obvious to me that the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed your program. You have a wonderful style in relating to children, especially in your song games. I thought that your performance was a perfect beginning to what we hope will be a more purposeful family program series.”
Through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Ross has been given this opportunity to document his work with Swedish song games and to set up this resource site for the free use of anyone wishing to use these games and dances in their own celebrations and festivals.
Ross Sutter is an American musician of Swedish heritage who lives in Minneapolis and performs at festivals and schools all over the United States. He learned many of his songs from his family, particularly his grandmother, and has also spent time in Sweden collecting music, songs and dances, and meeting and learning from many different Swedish singers.
Ross performs frequently at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis for their Midsummer and Christmas Festivals and at many other community festivals including The Scandinavian Festival in Thousand Oaks, the Duluth International Folk Festival, the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, the Nisswa Stämman and for over a dozen years at Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota. Ross also has the pleasure of leading song games and performing at the annual Midsummer Festival in Battery Park in New York City, with over five thousand people in attendance and hundreds getting up to dance around the Majstång (Midsummer pole).
Ross has been featured in two documentary films: “Scandinavian Traditions” produced by Prairie Public Television, and “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian” made by Swedish film maker Stefan Quinth. In 2012 he received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of artists, educators, volunteers, philanthropists, and leaders who strengthen and enrich the state of Minnesota with their commitment to the arts and arts education.