MURRAY – Scott Erickson, a 36-year veteran of Murray State College’s Division of Music, was honored by pals and colleagues Tuesday with an outside retirement reception.
In line with a School of Humanities and Fantastic Arts publication, Erickson will retire on the finish of the spring 2021 semester after having taught oboe, bassoon and saxophone; woodwind strategies and woodwind chamber ensembles. He obtained his undergraduate diploma in music schooling from the College of Wisconsin-Madison and his MA in woodwind devices from the College of Michigan.
“Professor Erickson’s college students have had a lot success in Kentucky Music Trainer’s Affiliation competitions and Kentucky All-Collegiate Band auditions,” the publication mentioned. “His highschool college students have achieved related honors in KMTA and Kentucky All-State ensemble auditions. Former college students of Mr. Erickson have served on colleges at universities in Texas and Indiana, whereas one other former pupil is a member of the West Level Band.”
Erickson has carried out with varied regional orchestras within the Midwest and is at present taking part in principal oboe within the Paducah Symphony and principal bassoon within the Jackson Symphony. Along with educating and performing, he has served as a clinician at state conferences of the Kentucky Music Educator’s Affiliation, KMTA and the School Music Society.
Erickson and his spouse, Madea, are planning to maneuver to Lexington, the place their oldest daughter, Alyssa, additionally lives. Their youthful daughter, Lauren Gremizzi, lives in Chicago together with her husband. Scott mentioned retirement is bittersweet after spending most of his profession at all times figuring out what to anticipate the following 12 months.
“It’s just a little bit unusual not figuring out what the longer term goes to carry, however I’m additionally actually lucky that wherever I reside, I may be educating nonetheless,” he mentioned. “I’ll probably work with highschool and center faculty children educating one-on-one classes. I can at all times try this, and there’s at all times the potential of adjunct educating at one other college, both classes on one of many devices I educate, or I’ve additionally taught music appreciation lots by means of the years. It’s sort of thrilling having a change, and since we’re going to be in Lexington, I’ve by no means lived in a much bigger metropolis for a protracted time frame aside from (incomes my levels), in order that half is sort of an journey.”
Madea mentioned they met proper after Scott began educating at Murray State.
“He was 25 and I used to be 20, and he had simply completed his grasp’s and got here right here and he was my saxophone teacher,” she mentioned with a smile. “We met and the remainder is historical past. We’ve been married 34 years, after courting for 2 years.”
“That was again within the ’80s, when something went,” she added with amusing. “We weren’t a scandal. It sounds scandalous (now), but it surely actually wasn’t. He was so younger when he got here right here – he was just a bit child!”
“Scott is nice,” mentioned Maribeth Crawford, affiliate professor of voice and opera. “He’s so constructive and has a really calming persona. I’ve by no means seen him not pleased. He mentioned he at all times loved coming to work, and he’s been a extremely good colleague, so I’m very pleased for him.”
“I’m tremendous fortunate to have Scott as a colleague,” mentioned Tana Discipline, affiliate professor of music. “I feel for me, he’s at all times been the most effective sounding boards and has been a mentor to me. Each time I’ve wanted recommendation, his door was at all times open, so I’ve at all times appreciated that.”
“Scott’s just like the ‘no drama’ man; he at all times took every thing in stride,” mentioned Chris Mitchell, affiliate professor of music. “Musicians can typically be just a little bit dramatic from time to time, however he’s at all times stored everyone calm and he’s nonetheless tremendous keen about his educating and his college students. He’s had an unbelievable file of his college students being profitable all through his total profession. He in all probability has a whole lot, if not 1000’s, of people that have been impacted by his educating across the area and around the globe, so he needs to be actually proud.”
“We’re going to overlook Scott; we hope he enjoys retirement,” mentioned Amy McCann, affiliate professor of music.
Louis Servin, a fourth-year pupil from Paris, Tennessee, mentioned he needed to take Erickson’s woodwind strategies class a second time as a result of he had missed too many lessons the primary time round resulting from circumstances past his management.
“I simply keep in mind feeling terrible that I needed to drop the category due to that, however the second time, he nonetheless welcomed me with an open coronary heart and was very encouraging regardless of what had occurred earlier than,” Servin mentioned. “It was as if it by no means occurred. He’s only a very type particular person and could be very knowledgable as a trainer. I do know he has had some wonderful college students, and he’s only a actually nice particular person to be round.”