Through an accomplished career as speaker, recording artist, solo performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue, flutist Erika Boysen is among classical music and interdisciplinary performance’s leading innovators. Particularly knowledgeable in the use of dance, Boysen has been referred to as “The Moving Flutist” for her uniquely evocative collaborations; both in performance and as a means for teaching artistic concepts. For her demonstrative expertise and virtuosic performance, she has been invited in Europe, Asia, and by over a dozen US states to perform in recital, teach master classes, and lead creative workshops.
Whenever possible, Dr. Boysen believes in combining the power of music, movement, and theater to create, both through collaboration with dancers and actors as well as through moving herself while performing. To this end, she has performed theatrically inclined work by composer Kate Soper, fully choreographed interpretations of existing work from composers such as Toru Takemitsu, and entirely new work commissioned from composers such as Jane Rigler. With highlight showcases in multiple years of the National Flute Association Convention, these performances have earned Boysen international recognition, including features on The Flute View and Flute Talk and requests to conduct workshops and masterclasses at universities and festivals across the world.
As a “seated” performer, Erika also takes the stage frequently as a chamber musician. Though she regularly performs in a number of chamber ensembles, most decorated has been her role in the Four Corners Ensemble (4CE), a sextet of flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano dedicated to international collaboration. Recent 4CE performances have included recitals in Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn’s Areté Venue and Gallery, the Hartt School, and at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, where the ensemble premiered works by composers Shuying Li, Ye Leishuo, and Jakub Polaczyk. Other performances with chamber groups such as the Seen/Heard Trio and COLLAPSS have resulted in numerous accolades, including the honor of selection as a fellow at the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab.
Boysen has also had an active career inside the recording studio, with three full-length albums to her name. This includes the upcoming April release of Listening to Movement, a video album on mobile app that features Boysen as “The Moving Flutist,” as she performs newly commissioned works combining singing, speaking and moving. In addition to the music itself, the album experience features interviews by the composers, performer and behind the scenes footage of the recording process.
In addition to her primary position as Assistant Professor of Flute at UNCG, Boysen has held numerous faculty positions of note, including both on the faculty of Interlochen’s Arts Camp and Arts Academy.
A native of Iowa, Erika Boysen is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, where her dissertation recitals featured collaborations with spoken word, dance, and visual art. Further education comes from the New England Conservatory and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is grateful to her former teachers, who include Amy Porter, Paula Robison, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Dr. Kimberly Helton, and Mark Sparks.