An original voice in contemporary and sacred music…

“Lyrical”     “Elegant”     “Neo-tonal”     “Accessible”     “Idiomatic”     “Cinematic”     “Organic”     “Physiologically correct (P.C.)”     “Visionary”




(for a moment) album

You may be familiar with music that I have composed from live performance, through presentations on YouTube, or even through CD recordings. Here, I offer another way to experience the music: website streaming and internet download…


Still UNDER DEVELOPMENT – this website gives you several options. In general, you can peruse a catalog of my completed music and take in related descriptions and materials shared in the drop-down menu: Musical Works. You can also listen to the Featured Work or the Featured Performance shared directly on this home page. You can also hear excerpts from commercial and limited edition CD recordings given in the above drop-down menu: Full-Length Albums. In addition, you are invited to learn About my professional history, including my current service as Composer-in-Residence for Old South Church in Boston.

To see up-to-date musical activities, you may peruse Current Projects and Recent Performances; and you can also read the section devoted to Commissions. These three sub-headings appear under the tab: Musical Works. Eventually, more score and audio excerpts will appear under individual musical pieces. In addition, a blog will take shape to discuss history and context of individual compositions, as well as to discuss musical aesthetics, philosophy, and overall approach to writing.

For now…

…may Music serve as an instrument of God’s inclusive love and abundant grace; and may this music have the opportunity to speak for itself.

“Speak, therefore, Music; speak.” —from “A Cry to Music,” a poem by John Masefield


Comments about this website and professional inquiries for Erik should be directed to [email protected]


Sheet music

Recent Premieres


Take My Life And Let It Be

for unaccompanied mixed choir

(Words: Frances R. Havergal)


click here for a recording and more information



Sheet music

"Hope" Is the Thing... (2017)



Recorded performance by

Alecia Batson, soprano

Adriana Repetto, mezzo soprano


Erik Gustafson, piano


Sheet music

Beyond Words (2017)



Recorded performance by

Willie Sordillo, alto saxophone


Erik Gustafson, piano


Recorded, mixed, and mastered

by Wellspring Sound


click here to download the recording from

send an email to [email protected]

to request a physical CD copy of the recording



Cover art: Faceted, mixed media on canvas,

(C) Allison Coelho Picone. All rights reserved.