Jamie Erekson is a NYC-based composer, playwright and collaborative artist and Founding Artistic Director of New School Collective. His debut multi-media music-theatre piece, Paint My Eyes (100’), was produced by Brigham Young University’s Interdisciplinary Music Dance Theatre program in 2014 and heralded as “a strong piece of theater” with “marvelous” music (Warne, UTBA). Less than two years later, BYU School of Music produced his first opera, The Lost Children of Hamelin (105’), which was reviewed as “captivating” (Giusti, UFOMT) and “one of the most moving operas we’ve put on at BYU” (Babidge Studios). He’s a recipient of a Barlow LDS Commission, a Center for Latter-day Saint Arts Commission, a Laycock Center Grant and a Mannes School of Music Dean’s Award and has world premiers scheduled to be performed in 2019 at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Erekson holds a BM in vocal performance from BYU where he studied with Darrell Babidge, and a MM in composition from Mannes School of Music, where he studied with Missy Mazzoli and Anna Clyne.
“Erekson’s contagious energy and passion have inspired the creative team, the crew and the cast members to share his vision and create what you will experience” (BYUarts).
A life-long singer and pianist, Erekson has had solo appearances at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Opera House and various performance venues throughout France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Cuba. As a teenager, he studied piano with Eleanor Sokoloff and was chosen as one of a handful of composers in the state to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, where he studied composition, vocal performance and acting. In the midst of this dynamic community of painters, musicians, dancers, actors, playwrights and poets, the seeds of what would become Erekson’s passion for large scale, collaborative multi-disciplinary work began to grow. He often collaborates with his wife, composer and performer Emily Erekson, and his brother, playwright and film-artist Davey Erekson.