* Kathy Erickson *
* Emily Markwart *
Owner & Director of 'The Music Box'
Piano & Cello
Kathy Erickson, originally from Cheshire, England, has been teaching music to children and adults for over 25 years. She began playing the cello and piano at the age of nine and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England. While at the college Kathy performed in many concerts, including concerts with John Williams and Placido Domingo and for Prince Charles & the late Princess Diana.
While living in London, Kathy taught music at a private school in South Kensington for four years and also taught private instrumental lessons there and at several other schools.
After moving to Canada, Kathy owned and directed her own music school in Nanaimo BC for fifteen years. The school brought music to over 160 children per week through private lessons in piano, voice, strings, guitar, choir and musical theatre and through the Music 'n' More Preschool Music Programs for children aged 12 months - 6 years (written by Kathy Stacey).
In addition, Kathy provided music lessons as a part of the rehabilitation program for brain-injured adults through Bill's Place Support Services as well as music therapy with children with autism and for visually impaired children with cerebral palsy, through the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health.
While living in Nanaimo she was the assistant principal cellist in the Vancouver Island Symphony orchestra for nine years and was also the Education Consultant with the VI Symphony for 5 years, responsible for compiling the educational materials for the schools for the Children's Education Concert Series.
In a more intimate setting, also in 1999, Kathy was hired to perform at the birthday party of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. Kathy was also the cellist hired to perform in the stage production of "Lies & Legends - A tribute to Harry Chapin" at the Belfry Theatre, Victoria BC during the Summer of 2000.
From 2000 - 2008 Kathy has been on the teaching faculty of the Celtic Performing Arts annual Celtic Festival 'Celtfest', teaching Celtic cello to musicians from across North America and beyond.
Kathy, also a mother of four children, now resides in Victoria, BC. She still plays professionally as a session musician, in the cello and guitar duo 'Ten Strings & a Bow', and as a soloist. Kathy's cello work has graced a great many albums.
Kathy has been a Primary music specialist and instrumental teacher at Christ Church Cathedral School since 2008 and is the Choir Director for the Primary Choir. Kathy believes in continuous education and is constantly updating her skills as a teacher. She regularly attends and participates in workshops & master classes and takes advantage of the many professional development opportunities available to teachers in Canada. Through 'The Music Box' Kathy has successfully guided students through festivals, exams, and performances.
Emily Markwart is based in Victoria, B.C. She has recently graduated with Bachelor of Music in Keyboard and Music History from the University of Victoria (2020). She is a sought after collaborative pianist and has worked with singers, wind, and string players from various studios at the University of Victoria and from around Victoria for class recitals, competitions, and festivals. Throughout her four years at UVic, Emily received scholarships for academic excellence and piano performance, and was a 2020/2021 recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Masters.
In addition to playing collaboratively and on the concert stage, Emily has extensive experience in church playing as the Sutton Organ Scholar at St. John the Divine for the past two years (2018-present). At St. John’s, under the direction of David Stratkauskas, Emily has gained experience with organ choral accompaniments and choral conducting, as well as pieces for solo organ. Previous projects have included two opera productions with the Vancouver Island Performers Guild for Bizet’s “Djamileh” (2018) and Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” [“Sleepwalker”] (2019), which played at various locations across Southern Vancouver Island.
Emily has participated in multiple Baroque keyboard masterclasses held by Colin Tilney and has attended many masterclasses at the UVic School of Music as a collaborative pianist. This summer (July 2021), Emily will be attending the Baroque Summer Intensive Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for a week-long study of Harpsichord playing.
Emily has taught piano across various skills levels and ages and is very excited to join the Music Box Studio and continue to inspire students with a love of music!