Music | Biographies
Christian Erickson holds degrees in music composition from the University of Wyoming, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Colorado. He currently makes his home in the mountain hamlet of Story, WY where he divides his time between completing commissions for original compositions, providing orchestration and notation services, designing sound for live theatre, and teaching courses in music and music technology at Sheridan College.
Dr. Erickson has produced works in a variety of genres and styles. His music features an eclectic mix of influences ranging from Impressionism to jazz to non-Western music. He has enjoyed premieres both regionally and nationally. He has most recently completed the children’s theatre work Xena the Zebra, a collaboration with playwright Doug Reitinger and lyricist Marion Niedringhaus.
In 2007 he began a self-publishing venture called Shiba Garden Press. And in 2009 he established the Music Technology program at Sheridan College, which offers courses in music production, composition, recording, and performance.
Dr. Erickson lives with his wife and their three Shiba Inus.
Dr. Michael P. Flynn is the Director of Bands and Brass Instruction at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming. Teaching duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, teaching Music History and Music Appreciation, and performing as principal trumpet with the Sheridan College Brass Quintet. Dr. Flynn will also be active in the area performing with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (WY), and the Billings Symphony Orchestra (MT). This is a very exciting year for the Sheridan College Wind Ensemble as the group will be involved with the world priemier of composer Steve Danyew’s work for winds and film. The work will be performed as part of a consortium including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, The University of Miami Wind Ensemble, The Arkansas State Wind Ensemble, Keene State College Concert Band, and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble among others. Current solo collaboration includes a recording project with 2011 International Acoustic Artist of the year, South African Roland Albertson. Communicating through digital media clips and video conference, the two are planning the use of the trumpet in Albertson’s newest demo CD and future recording projects.
Prior to joining the Sheridan College Faculty in 2012, Dr. Flynn was the Brass Teacher, Music Theory Instructor, Music History Instructor, Wind Ensemble Conductor, and a Performing Artist at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. During his time in the Middle East, Dr. Flynn held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Palestine National Symphony Orchestra and the Edward Said National Conservatory Orchestra. Performing responsibilities also included a tour of Germany with the Israel Brass Quintet, and performances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Tel Aviv Opera.
Before joining the ESNCM faculty in 2010, Flynn was a Doctoral Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami (Florida, USA), where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Performance and Conducting in 2010, and his Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance in 2007. Dr. Flynn also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University (Pennsylvania, USA).
Throughout the five years spent as a graduate student at the University of Miami, Dr. Flynn had the opportunity to study with Craig Morris, Naxos recording artist and former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony. In addition, Flynn’s teachers include Michael Sachs, principa
l trumpet with the Cleveland Orchestra, Allan Dean, former member of the New York Brass Quintet and professor at Yale University, Andrew McCandless, Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Galloway, former United States Marine Band member, and professor at Mansfield University.
Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Performance experience in Miami includes five years as a substitute with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and positions with the Naples Philharmonic, Palm Beach Opera, Miami City Ballet, University of Miami Orchestra, and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble.
Significant premier performances include principal trumpet duties for John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus, Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds, and Gary Green’s transcription for wind ensemble of Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 1.
Supplementing his classical study, Dr. Flynn performed and recorded with the University of Miami Studio Jazz Band, directed by Chuck Bergeron, former bass player for Buddy Rich, and studied privately with Alex Norris, now with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and Greg Gisbert, member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.
Dr. Flynn is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Gene Sager is instructor of voice, choral music and theater at Sheridan College. He received his M.M. in Voice Performance, B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Education, all from the University of Michigan. Recently Gene completed his M.A. in Theatre Production and Design from Southern Oregon University.
Prior to coming to Sheridan College, Gene work as a professional actor in New York City and Los Angeles. With 17 years of vested service in the Actor Equity Association as an actor, Gene has worked under the following AEA contracts: Production, Special Production, Guest Artist, LORT, Dinner Theater, and Resident Summer Stock. Gene made his professional debut with the American Shakespeare Theater in Twelfth Night with Lynn Redgrave. Among his favorite roles were Mr. Upson in Mame with Juliet Prowse, and Marcellus in The Music Man with John Davidson. During his seventeen years in New York City, he appeared on Broadway in Singin’ in the Rain, performed with regional opera companies and on cruise ships. More importantly, while in New York, he met, fell in love with and married his comedy partner Lillian Graff Sager.
Gene has twice presented vocal workshops at State Conventions for the Wyoming Music Educators and has traveled throughout Wyoming and Montana presenting vocal/choral workshops and clinics. In 2008 Gene received an Excellence in Education award from (NISOD) the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.