Bill Erickson retired in 2012 from nearly 30 years in choral music education. He served at Cherry Creek High School from 1989-2012, earning the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award, KCNC TV’s Teacher Who Makes a Difference, NAfME’s One of Colorado’s Accomplished Music Teachers, and was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2013.
He recently completed a 2-year term as CoACDA President. Mr. Erickson earned his BME from Northern State College, Aberdeen, SD and the MM from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
His teaching experience ranges from rural South Dakota to the Denver Public Schools to Cherry Creek High School. His Meistersingers performed at the 2003 ACDA National Convention in New York City, appeared at 4 CMEA State Conferences, and toured domestically as well as 8 European countries. Under his direction, the Meistersingers, Union St. Jazz Choir and Choralaires made a total of 7 appearances at the CMEA State Conference.
Mr. Erickson also served 9 years at the annual AP Music Theory Reading and co-authored the curriculum module, “Minor Matters: Developing Competency in Minor Mode Dictation” for the College Board used throughout the country at AP Institutes. He often serves as guest lecturer/conductor and adjudicator at various festivals, colleges and universities across the front-range of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region, and Mid-West states. Currently, he co-manages Saccomano Academics Inc., an academic support program located in the Denver Tech Center.
Amy Murphy is the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and Co-Director of the UNC Jazz Camp at the University of Northern Colorado, where she directs the beginning and intermediate vocal jazz ensembles, Vocalese & Verve.
She served as a judge for both the Colorado All State Choir and All State Jazz Choir, as an adjudicator for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, and a clinician for classical and jazz choirs across Colorado. Amy also taught voice at the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp and at Front Range Community College, where she directed choirs and founded Front Range Community College's first Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
In 2010 Amy was a national finalist in classical voice for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. She spent a year studying at the Goethe Institut and the Universität Leipzig. In Germany, Amy performed as a guest soloist for festivals and concerts in Schwäbisch Hall and Bremen, and sang with the BachChor, Leipzig.In 2012 she was selected as a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition.
Amy currently sings in the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and with UNC colleagues and founding members of the Vertical Voices, Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. Amy received her B.M. in Vocal Performance and M.M.E. from the University of Northern Colorado.
Donna Wickham earned a degree in vocal performance and a Masters in conducting from the University of Denver. While she was studying classical music in school, she was allowed to perform with the jazz ensembles, took a lot of private jazz lessons, and was regularly singing jazz. Right after she graduated, the vocal jazz instructor at Lamont took a sabbatical. Donna was hired to fill in for that year, and then stayed on to head the vocal jazz program at the University of Denver. “My students are brilliant and I am in love with them. It excites me to help them. I teach my students all of the things that jazz instrumentalists learn, and that there is no limit to singing.”
Wickham, who recorded previously as a classical choral musician and a background singer, created her debut jazz recording, Myth and Memory, partly as a result of her collaborations with the great pianist Art Lande.
She formed the Firesign Vocal Quartet with three of her best friends from the choral world. The group explores new approaches to classical choral music and has performed new music concerts at colleges. She also sings with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in Denver and performs with the DU faculty jazz combo.
Donna Wickham says “For the future I plan to keep on searching for musical soul mates and creating meaningful and original music.”
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.