Marita Ericksen, Vashon Island Chorale's Assistant Director (2007-present), is a graduate of the University of Alaska, with a degree in music education. She has eleven years of music teaching experience in the University Place and Vashon Island School Districts. She has been the Musical/Artistic Director of the Vashon Island Youth Chorus/Youth Musical Theater 2000 - present. She is presently employed at Vashon Allied Arts, directing "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr."

Marita is presently Music Director at Vashon United Methodist and Vashon Lutheran Churches. Other positions she has held include Music Director of Vashon Voices, Director of Vashon Island Singers (now Vashon Island Chorale), choral director of various summer music camps, church choir director (30+ years) and program director for "Opera in the Schools" at Vashon, Lake Chelan, Manson, and Holden Village, WA.

Recently, she directed Drama Dock's Youth Theater Initiative Production of "All Night Strut! A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam" and in 2009, she directed the Vashon Teen Musical Theater Project, "Little Women."

Other arts background:

  • Choral Mistress/Chorus Member, Vashon Opera's 2011 "Carmen" and 2012 "Eugene Onegin" productions
  • Chorus Member, Vashon Opera's "Madama Butterfly" 2010 and "La Boheme" 2009
  • Vocal/Choral director for Vashon Drama Dock's productions of "Pirates of Penzance 2012, "Wizard of Oz" 2008, "Oliver" 2007, and "Annie" 2006.
  • Member/soloist with Vashon Island Chorale (1992–present), Lake Chelan Bach Fest (since 1985), Everett Chorale (2002–2006).
  • Soloist: Tacoma Concert Band, Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra, and at Benaroya Hall ("Ode to Joy" concert, 2005).
  • Sang with Seattle Symphony Chorale in Mozart's "Requiem" (2002).
  • Private voice and beginning piano teacher to students of all ages.
  • Grammy Foundation Gold Signature Elementary School Recipient (2002), Chautauqua Elementary School , Vashon.
  • Women Making a Difference Award, Vashon Soroptomists (2001).
  • CD project: "Marita Ericksen, Family and Friends" (2003).
  • Favorite Opera/Musical roles: "Woman #2 in "Magic Flute," Letitia in "Old Maid and the Thief," Dido in"Dido and Anaes," Gretel in "Hansel and "Gretel," Angelina in "Trial by Jury," Reno in "Anything Goes," and Sister Sarah in "Guys and Dolls."
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The Vashon Island Chorale engages, enriches, and unites our island community by providing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about and
enjoy fine chorale music.

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