Kurt Erickson’s music has been commissioned and performed by a wide range of ensembles. Highlights include a premiere performance and guest composer residency at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, a San Francisco Girls Chorus premiere performance at Davies Symphony Hall, and a performance and residency with the Minnesota Orchestra. As a young composer in his twenties, Erickson began his composing career serving composer residencies at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, St. Mary the Virgin, Berkeley’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. He has worked extensively with San Francisco Opera Ballet Master Lawrence Pech on a number of ballet and summer festival projects.
Performances of his song set Chicago Songs have taken place in New York, San Francisco, Cal State Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music, Cal State Fresno’s New Music Festival, University of South Dakota, San Diego, and Modesto. His one-act opera What Your Parents Don’t Want You To Know . . . (about fairy tales) received commissioned premiere performances during the 2011-2012 season at Houston’s Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival, Sacramento’s Next Stage Theater, and at Fresno Community College.
Erickson frequently serves as a guest judge and instructor at colleges and universities, including the Cal State University Summer Arts Program and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.