LAUREN ERICKSON

 

Summary of Professional Experience: 

Lauren Erickson, owner of Erickson Flute & Ensemble LLC, has been a semi-professional flautist for 18 years.  She has performed as a featured soloist and in ensembles, including professionally in the trios Expressive Interlude and Kids Take Note.  In 2002, Lauren paired up with DL Turner for Angelic Harp and Flute performing at numerous private functions and corporate events.  She has recorded on joint ventures including “Creation” (available at www.dlturnerharpist.com), “My Music and Me”, where she wrote her own original flute parts, and “Harpestry” wedding CD.   Her stage presentation delights and warms audiences, inviting them to experience the fullness of each work. 

 

Lauren has also been dedicated to the promotion of music appreciation among her local community through various fraternal and national organizations.  Lauren is an active member of several professional music organizations, including the National Flute Association, Farmington Musicale, and Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s national music fraternity.  She has served in committee chair capacities, as master of ceremonies and as performer of music throughout the Metro-Detroit area.  Lauren is also a member of Plymouth First United Methodist Church where she actively performs in the music ministry. 

 

Lauren resides in Plymouth with her husband and two daughters.

 

Significant Accomplishments: 

Lauren formed her own business in 2002 as Erickson Flute & Ensemble, LLC.  The majority of her performance bookings have been the result of referrals from those who have seen her play with great passion and professional excellence.  The following briefly highlights the most recent notable performances and achievements:

·          By personal invitation, auditioned for and was accepted as a new member of the Tuesday Musicale.

·          Invited to perform with Grace Notes Flute Choir for various concerts.

·          Was asked to join the Detroit Woodwinds Ensemble as the Flutist.

·          Made several appearances with Bellissima Handbell Choir

·          Invited to perform for the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Southeast District Fall meeting and luncheon. 

·          Performed at the Farmington Hills Library Grand Reopening.  Rather than serving as background music, the Flute and Harp duo drew a crowd and performed a mini-concert for children and adults of all ages.

·          Performed throughout Metro-Detroit with folk harpist D.L. Turner.  Wrote accompanying flute music for several original D.L. Turner songs. 

·          Was asked to do a lecture/recital for the Federation of Music Club’s conference

·          Accompanied Noriko Ernst, Doctorate in Organ Pedagogy from University of Michigan, at her recital in Farmington Hills.

·          Invited to be on the Dearborn Symphony sub list by Manager, Kathy Zuchniewicz, following a Farmington Musicale Mozart concert.  Performed with the Orchestra in February 2005 as the First Flutist.

·          Invited to record Flute & Harp and Flute & Guitar for the St. John’s Center’s Wedding DVD.

·          Delivered a Lecture and Presentation on the flute along with a Celtic Harpist for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra for disadvantaged children.

·          Helped form the trio “Expressive Interlude” in the early ‘90’s that performed for small church and wedding functions in the Metro-Detroit area. 

·          Performed at children’s church concerts, Brownies and Girl’s Scout parties around the Metro-Detroit area with the group, “Kids Take Note.” 

·          Performed at a benefit concert, “Celebrate the Month of the Young Child,”, sponsored by Metro-Parent Magazine, at the Royal Oak Music Theater.  Other performers included:  Gemini and Marc Thomas.

·          Organized, planned and executed several recitals, through the national music fraternity, SAI, encouraging musicians of various calibers to enjoy their gifts and share their love of music with others.

·          Performed as the Featured Flautist on the 2000 St. John Neumann Christmas Concert CD.

·          Presented and organized the Farmington Musicale concert, “In The Pink”, offering the best of Henry Mancini’s fun and fascinating music in a blend that delighted all who attended. 

·          Performed with numerous local professional musicians on ensemble pieces, including, Joan Haggard, organist and pianist in Livonia, and John Kane, Director of Music at St. Peters Church.

 

Teaching  Summary: 

Lauren has been profoundly influenced  by her former teachers and wishes to continue the legacy of love for flute music in the next generation of flautists.  Highlights from her 18-year teaching career include:

·          Students placed first and second at the at the 2002 Farmington Musicale Scholarship, and First place in 2004 Scholarship competition

·          Prepared students for Solo and Ensemble contests.  Most students received first place finishes.

·          Mentored a young flute student for the past 8 years, who has graduated college with a degree in Music Education and is now successfully teaching elementary music.

·          Maintains an active Flute Studio and has a waiting list

 

Affiliations:    

Sigma Alpha Iota (College ‘86-‘89, Pontchartrain of Detroit Alumnae Chapter member, ‘91-present)

·          Newsletter editor, two years

·          Vice-president of Ritual, two years

·          Treasurer, two years

·           Hospitality Chair Person for the 100th Anniversary convention in Dearborn, August 2003.

·          Corresponding Secretary, 2004-2005

·          Vice-President, Membership 2008-present

·          Chair of Service Project Committee-2008-presen

·          Received Awards for outstanding service to the chapter and community: Sword of Honor, Rose of Honor

 

Farmington Musicale (’97-present)

·          Board Vice-President

·          Recording Secretary, 2005-2006

·          Recording Secretay, 2008-present

·          Performances too numerous to name!

 

Southeast Michigan Flute Association (2002-present)

·          Founding Member

·          Treasurer, 2004-present

·          2008 Flute Festival- Key point person, Chair of Registration Process

·          2008 Erv Monroe Event- On Gala Committee

 

Tuesday Musicale (2004-present)

    Member, audition required

    Concert Performances in 2004, 2005,  2007, 2008

 

National Flute Association (2004-present)

   Member



 

 

Education:    

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. Music Education, 1989

·          Awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Smith Scholarship (tuition waiver) as a first year student.  It was the first time a freshman was the recipient of this performance-based scholarship.

·          Performed in the nationally renowned top Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Keene

·          Accepted as an understudy to Alexander Murray, Head Professor of Flute.  This honor is rarely awarded to Education majors.

 

Performance Venues for Erickson Flute & Ensemble,  from 2002-2008

Adat Shalom Synagogue- Farmington Hills

Addison Oaks Country Club-Leonard

Albion College

Antioch Lutheran ChurchFarmington Hills

Assumption Greek Cultural Center- St. Clair Shores

Belle Isle Conservatory

Baptist Church- Troy

Baypointe Golf Club

Beacon Hills Country Club

Birch Run

Birmingham Country Club

Botanical Gardens- Ann Arbor

Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor

Canterbury Village- Lake Orion

Carleton United Methodist Church

Central Methodist Church- Waterford

Christ King Lutheran Church- Saline

Costick CenterFarmington Hills

Country Club of Detroit-Grosse Pointe Farms

Cranbrook

Dearborn Center of the Performing Arts

Dearborn City Council

Dearborn Inn, Gardens- Dearborn

Detroit Institute of the Arts

Double Tree Hilton- Novi

El Dorado Golf Course- Commerce

Embassy Suites- Livonia

Edison Inn- Port Huron

English Inn Castle- Eaton Rapids

Faith Missionary Baptist Church- Sterling Heights

Farmington Hills Library

Farmington Manor

Fenton- Outdoor Gazebo

First United Methodist Church - Ann Arbor

First United Methodist Church - Plymouth

First United Methodist Church- Royal Oak

First United Methodist Church- Saline

Fort Street Presbyterian Church - Detroit

Gilda’s Club- Royal Oak

Glacier Hills- Ann Arbor

Greenfield Village Chapel- Dearborn

Greystone Golf Club

Grosse Isle Country Club- Grosse Isle

Grosse Pointe Academy Church

Grosse Pointe United Methodist

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Halstead Place- Farmington Hills

Hammel Music Concert Hall

Henry Ford Estate- Dearborn

Henry Ford- Lovett Hall, Dearborn

Heritage Park- Taylor

Hyatt Regency- Dearborn

Independence Oaks Park-Clarkston

It’s A Matter of Taste-Commerce Township

Kensington Church, Troy

Kiwanis Club-Ann Arbor

LaSala Banquet Center, Rochester

Lafayette Grande-Pontiac

Laurel Chapel-Livonia

Livonia Civic Center

Livonia Mall Concert Stage

Mac N Rays- St Clair

Masonic Temple- Detroit

Mayflower Hotel, Plymouth

Mercantile Bank, Farmington Hills

Michigan League- Ann Arbor

Mill Race-Northville

Nardin Park Art Exhibit- Farmington Hills

New Hope Church- Southfield

New Testament Church of God-Detroit

North Congregational Church- Farmington Hills

Oakpark Library

Oakwood Hospital- South Shore Campus

Oregon United Methodist- Columbiaville (Lapeer)

Otisville Methodist Church

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church-Wyandotte

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church- Farmington Hills

Palace of Auburn Hills

Pine Knob Mansion

Plymouth Community Arts Council

Presbytarian Village- Redford

Private Party- Novi

Private Party- Sterling Heights

Private Concert- West Bloomfield

Private Concert- New Baltimore

Ritz Carleton-Dearborn

Rochester Hills Museum

Royal Park Hotel- Rochester

St Alfred-Taylor

St. Andrew’s Presbytarian- Dearborn Heights

St. Anne’s Church- Warren

St. Fabian- Farmington Hills

St. James- Grosse Pointe Farms

St. John Episcopal Church, Plymouth

St. John Fischer Chapel- Auburn Hills

St. John Neumann Church- Canton

St. John’s Center- Plymouth

St. John’s Catholic Church- Fenton

St. Kenneth Catholic Church- Plymouth

St. Margaret’s of Scotland- St. Clair Shores

St. Mary- Royal Oak

St. Patrick’s Cathedral- Detroit

St. Peter and Paul Banquet- Dearborn

St. Peter’s Church- Harper Woods

Sacred Heart- Mary Grove College

Shrine’s Auditorium- Southfield

Southfield Civic Center

Tanglewood Golf Resort- South Lyon

Temple Beth El- West Bloomfield

Temple Israel

Temple Sher Shalom

Tina’s Country House-Macomb Township

Townsend Hotel- Birmingham

The Fairlane Club

The Glacier Club

U of M Botanical Gardens

Universalist Unitarian Church-Farmington Hills

Village Theater- Canton

Wabeek Country Club-Bloomfield Hills

Waldenwoods Resort- Hartland

Ward Presbyterian Church, Northville

Wedding Chapel on the Green-Riverview

Weller’s Carriage House- Saline

Western Golf and Country Club, Redford

Westminster Presbyterian Church- Detroit

Westin Atrium- Southfield

Wyngate Banquet- Oakland Township

Wyndgate Country Club- Rochest