Eric Olson

Adjunct Music Lessons

Office/Department: Music

Location: Bangsberg Hall


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Eric Olson – adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Bemidji State University – earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with Robert Dan and I-fu Wang.  He is now finishing his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studies with Sally O’Reilly.  He studied additionally with Sarah Plum and Melissa Kleinbard.  In addition to his violin studies, Mr. Olson studied viola with James Vanvalkenburg (assistant principal viola of the Detroit Symphony) and Robert Dan, and piano with Deborah Moriarty, Michael Alan Nathan, and Penny Draper.  He also received a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Michigan State University.

Some of Mr. Olson’s performance appearances include a guest artist recital at Western Michigan University, a guest artist performance for the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, MN, and a concert tour of Bemidji, MN to name a few.  He also has extensive orchestral experience and has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, the West Michigan Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, and the Midland Symphony.

Awards he has received include performance fellowships from Michigan State Univeristy and the University of Minnesota, Music Theory teaching assistantships from Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota, and grant money to teach a 7-week music course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Olson was also First Place Winner of the “Artistic Ambassador Competition” sponsered by the Minnesota Music Teacher’s Assication’s in 2012.

Mr. Olson has been teaching violin and viola to all ages for ten years and has been employed at the String Connection Music Academy in Okemos, MI and the Simply Strings Studio in St. Paul, MN.  He has also taught music theory at the collegiate level for four years at Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Olson is a member in two professional chamber ensembles: a violin-piano duo called the Calitz-Olson duo and a multi-instrument ensemble called The Antithesis Project.