Composer, performer, teacher, and theorist Elizabeth Erickson grew up in Milwaukee,
She began her professional studies at the College of Wooster and continued
them at the Longy School of Music, where she received the Undergraduate Diploma and
the Masters of Music, both in composition.
has studied with composers Peter
has composed extensively for voice and instruments, both solo and in ensembles
large and small.
Recent works include Sequoia, her
first cello concerto, written in honor
of the Sawed Tree of Big Stump Basin; In My Family's Words, a song cycle using poetry
written by herself and her
family members; and Rhaita, a lively piece for flute, oboe,
clarinet, trumpet, and percussion based on the soundscape of Marrakech.
currently working on a brass quintet and a duet for violin and cello.
original compositions, Elizabeth Erickson
also has arranged a wide
variety of pop, rock, and jazz songs for a cappella groups and receives regular
commissions for new arrangements.
Drawing upon more than twelve years of a
cappella experience, Liz
weaves a texture of rhythms and syllables to achieve a cohesive
complexity for any group of singers, from beginners to professionals.
As a violin, viola, and cello teacher, Liz
compositional skills frequently.
ongoing projects is to create same-instrument accompaniment parts for sonatas
and concertos to use in lieu of or in preparation for the original piano or orchestral
In addition, she
frequently composes and arranges ensemble pieces
particular students' abilities in mind.
Elizabeth J. K. Erickson, Composer & Arranger