Profile Type: Artist
Erik Nielsen

I am a professional composer available for creating new works of almost any type. I am also an experienced teacher/mentor in composition, now in my 18th year as Senior Mentor with Music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project), a program that helps young people create their own music, as well as a Juried Teaching Artist on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster. I am available for residencies, new works on commission, curriculum and professional development, as well as specializing in creating new works for weddings and other special occasions. In addition, as a Touring Artist I am available for performances of my opera, "A Fleeting Animal", presented by my production company, Right Here Productions.

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Performance of "Prologue" from "Sketches" for solo piano
Act II Scene 2 love duet, Adam Hall and Mary Bonhag
Performed by A Far Cry
Wendy Hoffmann, mezzo, with October Strings

I Have Worked With

  • January 2016

    I received a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council in September 2015 to create a new work for bassoon and piano for William Short, co-principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Bryan Wagorn, pianist and assistant conductor at the Met. The work received its New York premier November 15, 2016.

  • September 2015

    I worked with TURNmusic and their director, Anne Decker, in the revival of my opera, A Fleeting Animal, in September 2015. TURNmusic was the instrumental ensemble in the orchestra pit for the six performances of the work. 

  • December 2013

    A Far Cry commissioned a new work from me. I also received a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council for the same project. The work, Glimpses of Azure, received its premiere performances December 7, 2013 at St. John's Church, Jamaica Plain, MA and December 8, 2013 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Read a review of the Gardner Museum performance at 


  • Artist

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1266 Northfield Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
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1266 Northfield Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Composition
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Chamber
Music - Choral
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Solo / Recital
Populations Served: 
School Groups
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Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Creation Grant Vermont Arts Council, 2015, 2012, 2007, 2004 Composer Assistance Program Grant New Music America 2011, 2008, 2003New Works Grant, Vermont Community Foundation, 2010Kittredge Fund Award—2009ASCAP Plus Award--1993-2013
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

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I am a Teaching Artist

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Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
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Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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