Erik is Artistic Director for Bridging Voices, and brings a rich background in performing and teaching arts. Erik grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska in a time of strong commitment to arts education, and has been working as a teaching artist his entire adult life. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Idaho (1994), and a Master of Music from Temple University (2001) where he held a teaching assistantship for two years. Erik has taught private voice, Voice for the Actor, and Class Voice for instrumental music majors. He assisted with first year music theory and ear training courses, as well as a variety of choirs, ranging from the traditional to barbershop to jazz ensembles. Erik has also been involved in performing, staging, casting or producing more than 100 shows across the country, and his students have gone on to major universities, national tours, and prime time television (Glee).
Erik moved to New York after completing his Bachelor’s degree, and lived on the East coast for eighteen years, working as Performer, Music Director, Vocal Director, Private Studio Teacher, Stage Manager, and Assistant Director with regional theater and opera companies from Massachusetts to Mississippi. He has sung with ensembles and as soloist in many historic churches and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Christ Church Philadelphia, Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn Heights, and Sutton Place Synagogue.
Erik’s students and casts have ranged in age from five to seventy five years of age, and he has worked with both youth and adult theater groups. Locally, Erik worked as a Staff Singer and member of the Chamber Singers at Trinity Cathedral from 2013-2015, performed with Reader’s Theatre Repertory, and has been a member and soloist of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus since 2011.