Dr. Jennifer H. Erickson, soprano, recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Utah, where she also received her master’s in Vocal Performance. Dr. Erickson has a passion for teaching voice, and has particularly enjoyed working at the university level for the past seven years, both at the University of Utah and at Weber State University.
Jennifer is a dynamic singing actress who possesses a golden yet brilliant voice. Some of Dr. Erickson’s favorite roles include the title character in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Madame Lidoine, the second prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Comfortable in many operatic genres, she has also taken the stage as Dinah (Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti), Ottavia (Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Mozart heriones Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mrs. Gleaton (Floyd’s Susannah). She has performed at the Moab Music Festival as Rebecca in an excerpt from Gerald Elias’ William Grandstaff, a Bridesmaid in the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite Trial by Jury, as well as the Girl in the Trouble in Tahiti trio and the soprano soloist for “Dream with Me” in an all-Bernstein program. On the other side of the proscenium, Ms. Erickson has directed and assistant directed works such as Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), Aida (Verdi), Falstaff (Verdi), and Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck).
Dr. Erickson, a longtime member of NATS, teaches private voice from her home studio, and has had students win prestigious NATS auditions at the chapter and regional levels. She has been a guest master clinician for voice studios and choirs at the university level, and for private studios and public schools. During her graduate studies at the University of Utah (DMA, 2015, secondary emphasis: Opera Production; MM, 2010), she taught private voice students, and helped develop a pre-performance voice class curriculum for both majors and non-majors, doing the same for an introductory voice class for instrumental majors. She is often sought out as a French diction coach, and has considerable experience in German and Italian as well. Dr. Erickson’s pride and joy are her husband and four daughters, all of whom sing.