Private Instructor - Flute
Laura Erickson completed her Master's in Flute Performance with Terri Sundberg at UNT, where she was a Teaching Fellow for the flute studio, Teaching Assistant for the Music and Medicine department, and Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership. Laura began her studies with Tyra Gilb at Interlochen before studying with Richard Sherman at Michigan State University and receiving her B.M. in flute performance as a Budres Scholar. Additionally, she has studied at MSU with Ervin Monroe and at UNT with contemporary music expert and flutist, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt. Ms. Erickson has held a position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the North Texas Wind Symphony, NOVA, and was Principal in the UNT Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Ms. Erickson is active performer in both local orchestras and as a soloist and often can be heard playing with Metroplex Flutes and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, among others. In addition to performing, she maintains a large private flute studio, frequently serves as a clinician, teaches high school music theory, and serves on the National Flute Association Performance Healthcare Committee.
Private Instructor - Flute
Ms. Vaerewyck was a Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Texas School of Music where she received her Bachelors of Music Education degree. While at UNT she studied flute with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy and played in various chamber ensembles and the Symphonic Band. Jennifer was a member of the UNT Green Brigade both on flute and colorguard. She toured the United States and Canada as a colorguard member for the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corp and performed in the 1991 Drum Corps International Finals in Dallas, Tx. During her final year of college Jennifer was selected as the “Outstanding Undergraduate of Music Education” for the UNT School of Music.
Ms. Vaerewyck began playing flute at the age of 10 as a student of Dr. Myrna Brown. The following year she began studying with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy. Jennifer attended Marcus High School as a freshman and graduated from The Colony High School where she served as Drum Major and was selected to the TMEA Texas All-State Band for three consecutive years. At nineteen Jennifer performed in Carnagie Hall as principal flute with the Manhattan Philharmonic All-American Youth Orchestra under the direction of Michael Morgan. She returned to New York the following year for a solo performance after being named a “Yamaha Young Performing Artist” by the Yamaha Corporation Instrumental Division.
Jennifer began her teaching career as associate director of bands at Grisham M.S. in Round Rock ISD. Her next appointment was as associate director of bands Briarhill MS in Lewisville ISD and then as head director of bands at Coppell North MS in Coppell ISD. Bands under her direction have received sweepstakes awards and “Best in Class’ honors at various contests and festivals. Early in her career while also teaching band, she choreographed and directed several colorguard programs in the state including New Braunfels HS, Robert E. Lee HS, RL Turner HS, Marcus HS, and assisted with The Colony High School Winterguard.
Ms. Vaerewyck is a highly sought after flute clinician, teacher, and adjudicator and has worked in numerous school districts across the state as well as with many honor band flute sections including McKamy MS, Coppell North MS, and Argyle HS. She has presented for area school districts inservice programs and served as a discussion panelist for the Texas Flute Society and as a TMEA Clinic/Convention All-State judging panelist. Ms. Vaerewyck has also been a band clinician/ conductor for All-District bands in the DFW area. Jennifer has been on faculty for the Texas Christian University Band Camp for numerous years.
Currently Jennifer teaches private flute students at Briarhill MS, Creek Valley MS, Marcus HS and Centennial HS. Her students have achieved success at the district, region, state, and collegiate levels. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband Chris and her two children, Abby and Jackson.