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Artistic Resume

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Vision Statement

As “we travel on a broken road by broken limbs,” music has continued to serve as a way on life’s journey of caring, expressing, remembering: “Speak, therefore, Music; speak.” (quotations–respectively–from St. Catherine of Siena and John Masefield)

Highlights

…as Composer

Body of musical works consisting of more than 150 completed pieces to date: from solo to ensemble, from classical to jazz, from sacred to secular

Completion of fourteen diverse commissioned pieces to date: ranging from a jazz piece to a suite for organ solo to a liturgical Magnificat

Musical works performed at Old South Church in Boston since December 2001, with current service as Composer-in-Residence (since 2011)

Professional recording and circulation of musical works, including on CD of Sam Ou and Harry Huff: With String and Pipe (2012)

Works featured at special events, including Called to Walk with Sister, Brother, an original hymn written for the 200th anniversary of City Mission Boston and its celebration at Old South Church in Boston (October 2016)

Two residencies as Composer Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA: 2012 and 2016)

…as Pianist

Periodic pianist for services and events at Old South Church (2006-present)

Recording of three limited edition, solo piano CDs for the Congregational Care and Support Ministries of Old South Church in Boston: For Everything There Is a Season (2008), Abide with Me (2012), and Blessed Spirits (2013)

…as Recording Artist

Release in 2018 of studio-recorded CD: For a Moment, featuring ten original compositions for piano solo and own playing

YouTube presentation of musical works on own channel, with over 6,100 hits and 15 subscribers worldwide to date: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAq70irm45FMwiikER4qwQ

…as Collaborative and Freelance Musician

Collaboration in performance and/or recording with established area musicians: Willie Sordillo, Sam Ou, Alecia Batson, Adriana Repetto, and Rob Woodin

Pianist and represented composer for Into the Light: A Journey with Jesus of Nazareth, a program for the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston

Pianist and represented composer for Remembrance and Hope, a program for the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, held at Old South Church (April 2014)

Artist certification through the City of Boston (MA), since 2016

Professional Experience (selected)

Solo playing of piano (keyboard) for numerous residential communities in the Greater Boston area–for both concerts and events. Concerts featuring seasonal and/or thematic programs, with repertoire drawn from classical literature, the Great American Songbook, and original music; and concerts often including sing-along numbers and some singing of repertoire. Communities served and expanding since 2012, currently representing areas of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Roslindale. See www.erikgmusic.com/event-archive for more details.

Writing of choral work commissioned by George Sargeant, Director of the A Cappella Singers: The Coming of Light for violin, women’s chorus, and piano (Text and tune: Ner Lí, with words by Mark Strand); work premiered at Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church (Natick, MA: December 2016). See www.erikgmusic.com/genre/commissions for more details.

Original Works Performed (selected)

Alleluia: A Response for mixed choir, bongos, and piano, Old South Church in Boston (Boston, MA: 2018)

Into the Light for violoncello and organ, Old South Church (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Beyond Words for alto saxophone and piano, Old South Church (2017)

Blessed Are the Dead for flute, French horn, violoncello, tenor solo, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2016)

Still Be Our God for brass, percussion, solo voice, congregation, mixed choir, and piano, Old South Meeting House (Boston, MA: 2015, 2014)

The Bells of Christmas for unaccompanied mixed choir with alto solo, First Church, Congregational (Cambridge, MA: December 2011)

Lento cantabile from Rhapsody for violoncello and piano, Goddard House (Brookline, MA: 2011)

Sing Alleluia! for brass, mixed choir, and organ with timpani, Old South Church (2002)

Life-long Learning

Class member of course: “Words to Live By: Key Terms in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” at Hebrew College (Newton, MA: Fall semester, 2014)

Auditor of course: “The American Spirit in Music,” at Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA: Spring semester, 2011)

Fellow in week-long composer workshop with Alice Parker (Hawley, MA: October 2006)

Education

Indiana University, School of Music (Bloomington): M.M. in Music Theory (1997)

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): A.B. in Music, cum laude (1994)

Personal

Volunteer pianist for Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA: July 2017-present)

Long-standing service as baritone/bass in Chancel and Gospel Choirs, Old South Church

Ongoing membership in American Composers Forum and Pi Kappa Lambda