Dr. Erika Boysen is an international performer, educator and collaborator who is the Assistant Professor of Flute at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Known for her verve and energy while teaching, Erika has previously served as faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp, Northwestern Michigan College and Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.
Committed to developing new and innovative ways of presenting and teaching the traditional model of classical flute, the majority of her research and scholarship focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts. Through movement, singing and acting, she promotes an approach to education and performance that highlights multiple aspects of artistic expression.
In demand as a clinician and speaker, she has been a featured artist at the Montana Flute Festival, Eastern Carolina Flute Symposium and Iowa Flute Festival. In addition, she has published articles in Flute Talk Magazine and Physics Education Journal and presented at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference and Wild Acres Flute Retreat.
Erika has toured across the United States and Europe performing in a variety of chamber, orchestral and improvisation-based ensembles. Currently, as a member of the UNCG East Wind Quintet, Seen/Heard Trio and COLLAPSS Ensemble (Collective for Happy Sounds), she is dedicated to championing music of living composers. Erika has received orchestral fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival having worked with conductors: Christian Arming, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano and Hugh Wolff. These orchestral and chamber pursuits are complemented by her appearances at ArtX Detroit, Meadowbrook, and Culture Lab Festivals as a part of Shara Nova’s indie rock/alternative pop band, My Brightest Diamond.
Her first solo debut album, Reimagining the Album, will be released via an online application featuring newly commissioned works for the singing/moving flutist by composers: David Biedenbender, Mark Engebretson, Jane Rigler and Sam L. Richards. In addition, she can be heard on the Blue Griffin and Arts Laureate Recording labels.
A native of Iowa, Dr. Boysen received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
The UNCG Wind Ensemble is a highly select concert band of fifty performers majoring in music at the UNCG School of Music. Performers in the current Wind Ensemble are drawn from sixteen states, Slovenia, and Hong Kong. The ensemble has enjoyed a distinguished record of performance throughout its history. In January 1992, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed “A Tribute to John Philip Sousa” to a capacity crowd of 2,700 at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Twice, the Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post following concerts in the nation’s capital. The Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the eastern United States in recent years including the first-ever performance, in 1987, by a North Carolina collegiate ensemble in Lincoln Center, New York City. The Wind Ensemble performed that same year in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Wind Ensemble has recorded nineteen commercially-available albums which have received widespread praise.
In 1985, the Wind Ensemble performed a series of concerts with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-conductor Karel Husa. In 1988, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed in New Orleans, Louisiana by invitation of the College Band Directors National Association for the Southern Division convention. On a number of occasions, the Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered works from leading band composers. In November of 1990, the Wind Ensemble performed for the Southern Division of MENC convention. In February 1994, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed for a convention of the CBDNA and NBA in Williamsburg, Virginia. In March 1999, the Wind Ensemble performed for the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Melbourne, Florida. In February 2000, the Wind Ensemble performed for the CBDNA Southern Division Convention hosted at UNCG. In 2006, the Wind Ensemble performed in The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, shared a concert with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Arlington, Virginia, and collaborated with Karel Husa, David Dzubay, and Carter Pann in the performaces of their music, including two commissions. In 2009, the Wind Ensemble performed at the CBDNA National Convention at the University of Texas at Austin and performed additional concerts in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana,s and Texas as a part of a week-long tour. The Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association and the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association hosted in Greensboro. Most recently, the UNCG took a twelve day concert tour through the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy, the highlight of which was a concert in Prague’s famed Dvořák Hall.