Music | Biographies

Dr. Christian Erickson – Coordinator of Music Theory & Technology

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.

Gene Sager, M.M.; M.A. – Instructor of Voice and Director of Choral Music

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.