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Johan Eriksson

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Johan Eriksson

Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies
Room 201, School of Music 406-243-6880 (music office)
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Johan Eriksson is a versatile performer specializing in jazz and classical genres. Originally from Onsala, Sweden, he is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Montana. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist. He is a member of several professional groups including the “Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet” (with Andrew Dahlke, Samuel Williams, Matthew Roehrich), “Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet” (with Jesse Dochnahl, Dylan Dwyer, Robert Prince), “Duo Nyans” (with Christopher Kirkpatrick) and “UMF Woodwind Quintet” (with Margaret Schuberg, Maxine Ramey, Christopher Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Gookin-Cavanaugh) Johan has performed at National Conferences held at the University of Illinois, Oklahoma State University, California State University-Long Beach, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, University of South Carolina, and the University of North Texas. He has recorded two CDs with the Fred Hess Big Band released by Dazzle Records. This group includes Downbeat Magazine Award Winner Matt Wilson on drums, saxophonist John Gunther (Maria Schneider Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra), Ron Miles (Ellington Orchestra, “Finding Forrester” soundtrack) and other top jazz players from around the country. Johan holds a D.M.A in saxophone pedagogy/performance from the University of Northern Colorado. While in Denver he performed with ASCAP “Emerging Jazz Composer/Arranger” award winner Tyler Gilmore’s group “9th and Lincoln Big Band”, a group featuring the top musicians of Denver. He was also a member of the Colorado Jazz Orchestra led by Dana Landry, Jim White and David Caffey. While at UNC, he played lead alto with the “UNC Lab Band One” a frequent winner the Downbeat poll for “Best College Big Band” and/or “Outstanding College Big Band Performance”. He also performed with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Previous to Denver, Johan spent seven years in Chicago performing in both jazz and classical settings, including the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Singers (saxophone soloist), Roosevelt Wind Ensemble, “Blue” Lou Marini (Blues Brother’s movie/soundtrack), Bandarika Salsa Band (voted best Salsa group in Chicago) and numerous others. Dedicated to music education, Johan spent five years as a band director in Illinois and has taught public school kindergarten through 12th grade music. His students have won scholarships at prestigious schools such as the University of Michigan, Juilliard Conservatory, Lawrence Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, North Texas University, Cincinnati Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Northern Colorado, Northern Illinois University, University of Oregon, and the New England Conservatory. Johan has performed alongside distinguished musicians Dee Dee Bridgewater, “Blue” Lou Marini, Slide Hampton, Hamiet Bluiett, Ron Carter, Dan Nimmer, Fareed Hague, Willie Pickens, John Corigliano, Fred Wesley, Rufus Reid, Steve Turre, Greg Gisberg, Randy Brecker, Brad Goode, Greg Ward, Brice Winston, Marlene Rosenberg, Art Davis, Boris Kozlov, Orlando Cotto, Liam Teague, Harry Begian, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Holman, Ingrid Jensen, Chris Potter, Johnathan Blake, Paul McKee, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, Peter Sommer, Dominic Lalli, Steve Roach, Mike Sakash, Lee Konitz, Grace Kelly, Donny McCaslin, and many others.


Doctor of Arts (D.A Music), University of Northern Colorado - Performance, Minor in Music Theory, Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Department Masters of Music (M.M), University of Northern Illinois, Jazz Pedagogy, Teaching Assistant in the Woodwind Department Bachelor of Music (B.M), University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Performance Bachelor of Music (B.M, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Jazz Studies, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz Area Aranas Gymnasium, Estetiska Program - Musik (Artist Program - Music), Kungsbacka, Sweden

Current Couses

Applied Lessons Saxophones (100-500 level) Saxophone Quartets Jazz Combos Advanced Improvisation Woodwind Methods (saxophone portion)

Teaching Experience

Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Montana University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 2009-present UM Saxophone Studio: Jazz and Classical, 2009-present UM Saxophone Quartets, 2009-present UM Jazz Combo Program, 2009-present Jazz History lecture course, 2009-present UM Online Jazz History course, 2009-2010 Woodwind Techniques course: Saxophone, 2009-present UM Summer Music Camp Faculty, 2009-present Graduate Assistant for Northern Colorado University Jazz Department:Northern Colorado University, Greeley, CO, 2007-2009 Director of Jazz Lab Band V, 2008-2009 Director of Jazz Combo VI, 2007-2008 Substitute teaching of Jazz Lab Band III, 2007-2008 Saxophone Studio Substitute Instructor, 2008-2009 Music Theory Substitute Instructor, 2008-2009 Aural Skills Substitute Instructor, 2008-2009 Assistant High School Bands Director Dekalb High School, district 428, Dekalb IL Assistant Jazz Ensemble Director, 2005-2007 Assistant Jazz Lab Band Director, 2005-2007 Concert Band Woodwind Sectionals, 2005-2007 Wind Ensemble Sectionals, 2005-2007 Wind Ensemble Saxophone Quartet Coach, 2005-2007 Middle School Jazz Band and Concert Bands Director Clinton-Rosette Middle School, district 428, Dekalb IL Concert Band Director: 2004-2007 Sixth grade Concert Band Director Seventh grade Concert Band Director Eighth grade Concert Band Director Private Lessons Instructor to all woodwind students (approximately 80 students) Jazz Band Director, 2004-2007 Jazz Ensemble, seventh and eighth grade Blues Lab Band, sixth and seventh grade Middle School Jazz Band Director Huntley Middle School, district 428, Dekalb IL Jazz Ensemble Director, 2002-2007 General Music Instructor Cortland Elementary School, district 428, Cortland, IL General Music Instructor, Kindergarten through fifth grade, 2006-2007 (approximately 300 students) Band and Choir Director Cornerstone Christian Academy, Dekalb/Sycamore, IL Band Director, 2003-2004 Middle School Concert Band Director, 2003-2004  High School Concert Band Director Choir Director, 2003-2004 High School Choir Director, 2003-2004 Teaching Assistant Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL Teaching Assistant for the Woodwinds Department: Instructor for Saxophone Quartets, 2001-2003 Instructor for Undergraduate Saxophone Studio (pre-majors and non-majors), 2001-2003 Woodwind Convocation Coordinator, 2001-2003 Jazz Combo Instructor at Summer Jazz Camps, 2001-2004 Community Music Program Instructor Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, Dekalb, IL Associate Level Instructor: Private Studio Instructor: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, 2002-2006 Jazz Audition Big Band, 2003-2007 Instructor and Creator of Jazz Arranging/Composing Courses I and II, 2003-2006 Instructor of Jazz Improvisation Courses I and II, 2003-2006 Instructor and Creator of Jazz Theory Course, 2004 Director of Jazz Combos Program, 2002-2006 Related Teaching Experience: Private Lessons Instructor, CountrySide Music, Elburn, IL Private Studio Instructor : Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, 2002-2004 Imperial School of Music, Geneva IL Private Studio Instructor: Saxophone, 2003-2004 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC Jazz Combo III, 2000-2001 Summer Band Camp Instructor, 1999-2001 Instructor and Guest Artist for the International Music Camp,2012-2013 West Montana State Music Festival Adjudication, Missoula, MT 2013 Graduate student recruitment University of Oregon, 2013 Colombia Falls Music Educators Workshop, 2013 High Schools and Middle Schools Outreach, Billings, MT, 2013 Faculty on UM Jazz Days, Missoula, MT, 2013 Adjudicator for Billings Music Festival, 2012 Adjudicator for Butte Music Festival, 2012 Woodwind Masterclass Hellgate High School, 2012 Jazz Masterclass Hellgate High School, 2012 Woodwind Masterclass Sentinel High School, 2012 Woodwind Masterclass Big Sky High School, 2012 Adjudicator for the Montana All State Festival, 2011 Adjudicator for the Great Falls District Music Festival, 2011 Woodwind Masterclass Great Falls High School, 2011 Woodwind Masterclass C M Russell High School, 2011 Wind Ensemble Masterclass Kalispell High School, 2011 Wind Ensemble Masterclass Spokane High School, 2011 Wind Ensemble Masterclass Coeur d’Alene High School, 2011 Adjudicator for the Missoula District Music Festival, 2010 Adjudicator for the Great Falls District Music Festival, 2010 Adjudicator for the UM Concert Band Festival, 2010 Woodwind Masterclass Bozeman High School, 2010 Jazz Masterclass Thompson Fall High School, 2010 Jazz Masterclass Ronan High School, 2010 Jazz Masterclass Arlee High School, 2010 Jazz Masterclass Malta High School, 2010 Adjudicator for the All-State Montana Saxophone Section, 2010 Instructor of the Saxophone Sectionals with Colorado All-State Bands, 2008 Adjudicator for the Sycamore District Music Festival, soloists-chamber groups, 2003-2006 Adjudicator in the Illinois District 8 Jazz Auditions, saxophones, 2003-2006 Adjudicator for the Dekalb High School Jazz Ensemble Festival, 2003

Crossover saxophone pedagogy in classical and jazz (finding the most efficient strategies for teaching both genres to the same student). Classical clarinet and saxophone repertoire. Jazz improvisation techniques (harmony/rhythm).

University of Montana

African-American Studies Program

Tobin Miller Shearer, Director

Phone: (406) 243-6225

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812