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.celestialharpandflute.com) and “My Music and Me”, where she wrote her own original flute parts.   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 St. John Neumann’s Church in Canton 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 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 harpist D.L. Turner for Harpstrings.com (now called celestialharpandflute.com).  Wrote accompanying flute music for several original D.L. Turner songs. 

·          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 Centers Wedding DVD.

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

·          Helped formed 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.

 

Recent 2004 Performances and Bookings for Erickson Flute & Ensemble, LLC:

U of M Botanical Gardens                        First United Methodist-Ann Arbor             

St John’s Center- Plymouth                        Greystone Golf Cub

Laurel Chapel, Livonia                        Outdoor Gazebo, Fenton

St Peter and Paul Banquet, Dearborn                        Pine Knob Mansion

Beacon Hills Golf Club                        The Glacier Club

Waldenwoods Resort                        Bay Point Golf Club

Dearborn Ctr of Performing Arts                        Hyatt Regency, Dearborn

New Testament Ch. Of God, Detroit                        Adat Shalom Synagogue

Lafayette Grande, Pontiac                        Belle Isle Conservatory

Temple Sher Shalom                        St Andrews Presbyterian

Farmington Hills Library                        Hammel Music Concert Hall

North Congregational Church, F. Hills                        Plymouth Community Arts Council

Detroit Institute of the Arts                        Southfield Civic Center

Livonia Mall Stage                        Albion College

Presbyterian Village, Redford

           

Partial Performance Listing from 2002-2003:

Brides-To-Be Bridal Show, Farmington Manor                        Mill Race, Northville       

Nardin Park Art Exhibit concert, Farmington Hills                        St. John’s Catholic Church, Fenton

Anniversary Party at St. John’s Center, Plymouth                        Waldenwoods Resort, Hartland

Henry Ford Estate Pool Room, Dearborn                        Tanglewood Golf Resort, South Lyon

Rotary Club concert at The Fairlane Club, Dearborn                        Grosse Isle Country Club, Grosse Isle

English Inn Castle, Eaton Rapids                        Wyngate, Oakland Township

Presbyterian Village, Redford                        El Dorado Golf Course, Commerce

Halstead Place, Farmington Hills                        Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Weller’s Carriage House, Saline                        Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Farm. Hills

Country Club of Detroit                        St John Neumann Church, Canton

St. Peters Church, Harper Woods                        Farmington Hills Library

Brides-To-Be Bridal Show, Hyatt, Dearborn                        Champaign Brunch, Embassy Suite, Livonia

Farmington Musicale Benefit Concert                        Mill Race, Northville

New Hope Church, Southfield                        Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Private party, Novi

 

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 teaching music.

 

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-present

 

Farmington Musicale (’97-present)

·          Board Vice-President

·          Recording Secretary, ‘05-present

 

Southeast Michigan Flute Association (’02-present)

·          Founding Member

·          Treasurer, 2004-present

 

Tuesday Musicale (’04-present)

    Member, audition required

 

National Flute Association (’04-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.