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James Erickson, Adjunct Professor of Guitar

James Erickson

Adjunct Professor of GuitarAssistant Director, Long Island Guitar Festival

B.F.A., M.A., Long Island University


James Erickson has an active career performing and teaching classical and rock guitar throughout the New York metropolitan area and Long Island. James is an adjunct instructor of music at Nassau Community College, LIU Post, and Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches music history, theory, and fretboard harmony. James is also the director of the Suffolk County Community College Guitar Ensemble. James holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music history and performance from Long Island University, where he was awarded "Outstanding Performance in Guitar Studies".

As a classical guitar soloist, James has performed on tour in the United States, Europe, and Canada. James is a member of the Artesian Guitar Quartet. The group performs a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. The quartet has toured internationally, premiering new works for the guitar repertoire. As an electric guitarist, his studies have included lessons from jazz guitarist Howard Morgen and rock virtuoso Paul Gilbert.James has an extensive recording and performing experience, and is currently involved in many diverse musical projects.

For the past eight years, James has taught and performed at the "Songe d'été en Musique" an annual music festival in Quebec, Canada. James has also composed and recorded the soundtrack/score for several local independent films. He is the assistant director of the Long Island Guitar Festival at LIU Post. The festival is an annual international event that presents master classes, concerts and workshops by the world's most outstanding guitarists and teachers.



Guitar Instruction, Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Songe d'été en Musique" Festival in Courcelles, Quebec (summer 2017)
  • "I Me Mine – The Music of George Harrison" Port Washington, NY (2017)


  • "The Artesian Guitar Quartet" – Artesian Guitar (2015)
  • "Six-String Serenades" – James Erickson (2016)
  • "Short Stories" – Guitar Trilogy (2010)
  • "Unfiltered" – Cylus Wood (2004)


Solo and chamber performances

  • Songe d'été en Musique, Qubec, Canada (2009 - 2017)
  • The Long Island Guitar Festival (2017)
  • Post Jefferson Arts Council (2016)
  • John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University (2015)
  • Music at the Gate Series, Ozone Park, NY (2015)
  • Triad Concert Series, Stony Brook, NY (2015)
  • Suffolk Community College, Brentwood NY (2015)
  • Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Dix Hills, NY (2015)
  • Northport Arts Coalition (2015)
  • Quebec Rural University, Lac-Mégantic , Quebec (2013)
  • Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (2013)
  • B.B. King Blues Club, New York, NY (2007)
  • Seaton Hall University, South Orange, NJ (2007)
  • LIU Post Merriweather Consort, Canada Tour (2002)
  • LIU Post Merriweather Consort, Italy Tour (2000)


"Outstanding Performance in Guitar Studies" - LIU Post (2002)


Soundtrack recordings for

Professional Affiliations

College Music Society, Guitar Foundation of America, Long Island Classical Guitar Society