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.
Adam B. Schecter
Adam currently serves as the Executive Director of Bridging Voices, the Portland GSA Youth Chorus, a position that he sees as an opportunity to support and celebrate the possibilities of LGBTQ youth in the Portland area. As Executive Director, Adam coordinates the business elements of the chorus while growing and maintaining relationships with singers, families and community members who support the mission of the chorus. Also a member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Adam is an educator with over 25 years of experience in private and supplemental school settings working with students ages 4 through 18.
Adam has developed curricula, trained educators, and coordinated significant community service projects that have supported homeless and hungry youth in the Portland area. Adam is also skilled with technology and has taught educational technology classes and has provided consultation for over ten years. As a gay man and singer, Adam believes passionately in the mission of the chorus as he has often thought of how his life would have been impacted if there had been a GSA youth chorus in his community when he was a young man.