A native of the Pacific Northwest, Erik Jansen holds an MM in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho in Piano Performance (BM) and Theatre Performance (BFA).
Prior to joining Music Works Community, Mr. Jansen held faculty positions with the University of Idaho Preparatory Division, Northland Cathedral School of Music, Base Academy of Music, and a teaching assistant position with Interlochen Summer Camp for the Arts. He frequently collaborates as a
choral accompanist, having worked with various professional and collegiate choirs such as Kansas City VITAs and the Conservatory Choirs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mr. Jansen was one of six individuals selected to attend master classes with Françoise Thinat at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Edda Erlendsdóttir at the National Conservatory of Versailles, and Bart Van Oort at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He gave a recital at the Engelse Kerk in Amsterdam.
Representative awards include First Place in the North Idaho Baroque Piano Festival, Second Place in the North Idaho Contemporary Piano Festival, and the winner of the Festival of Sandpoint Scholarship Competition. A composer as well as a performer, he was recently featured as a finalist in Creative Armenia’s “7 Little Notes” Composition Competition and writes music for various Kansas City artists.
An avid theatre enthusiast, he worked with the University of Idaho’s Theatre Department and Idaho Reparatory Theatre as accompanist, musical director, assistant musical director, director, composer, actor, and singer. Some of his musical interests include classical-contemporary works utilizing electronics, minimalism, rock/classical music fusions, performance art, and musical theatre.
You can find more information on Erik Jansen at his website