Janette Erickson is the Principal Flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (since 1978) and Principal Flutist of the Fresno Grand Opera. She is the founder and flutist of “Moment Musical,” a professional chamber group in Fresno, California.
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Highly sought after for her “most expressive and beautiful tone,” Ms. Erickson is also active in a wide variety of musical activities, which include teaching, conducting and publishing. Janette is the Principal Flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (since 1978) and Principal Flutist of the Fresno Grand Opera. She is the founder and flutist of “Moment Musical,” a professional chamber group in Fresno, California.
Ms. Erickson is the Music Director of the flute choir, “Les Flutes Enchantees,” made up primarily of her private students, past and present. She maintains her own large studio of private flute students. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and received her Master of Arts in Music Theory from California State University, Fresno. Her main flute teachers include Lloyd Gowen (formerly with the S.F. Symphony), Russell S. Howland, and Frank Langone. She has studied with Doriot A. Dwyer at the Tanglewood Institute, Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University and Julius Baker. She is also a pianist and has studied conducting with Nicola Iacovetti.
At Fresno Pacific University Janette instructs a flute choir, “Flautas Pacifica,” private flute students and is Founder/Director of the International Flute Choir Festival at Fresno Pacific University. This February 16-17, 2007 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the flute festival.
Janette conducted “Les Flutes Enchantees” on their first CD and is also editing and publishing the Russell S. Howland Flute Choir Library. Eleven pieces have been edited and published (ALRY Pub. and Southern Music Co.). The first Three Pieces won the top award given by the National Flute Association in 1995. Besides performing with “Les Flutes Enchantees” in the 1988 Convention, Janette has conducted at the Boston Convention in 1992 and again, in 2006 conducted at the San Diego National Flute Convention.
Ms. Erickson soloed with harpist Laura Porter, on the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the F.P.O. on subscription concerts in 2002. The review included: In the cadenzas “nothing distracted from the soloists, and each carried her part through to perfection. Erickson came alive and filled the hall with her beautiful tone.” The Fresno Bee, Jan. 27, 2002.