erik collins, Director of Music

Erik Collins is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds degrees in Finance and Marketing. He is an IT Project Manager at Spherexx Software Development & Data Center and has overseen a number of projects for corporate industry leaders throughout the greater New York City, Newport and Tulsa, OK areas. These projects include the development of content management systems, SQL database applications, Android/iOS mobile applications, software integrations, database server migrations and collateralized API executions within custom-build SaaS frameworks and network UI platforms. Locally, Erik is active in the community and continues to lend a hand in the strategic planning and growth of the Oklahoma non-profit sector through management of the Collins Family Charitable Trust.

From an artistic standpoint, Erik spent two summers at the Royal School of Church Music, one summer at the Americafest Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in the Czech Republic and one term at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. He is the co-founder of Capriccio Vocal Ensemble and served as co-director for two years. Erik is an active member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, National Association for Music Educators and The American Choral Directors Association.

Over the past several years, Erik has remained active as a choral composer. His most recent works include an arrangement of Good King Wenceslas for SATB and organ, Life's Simple Gifts based on the traditional Shaker tune for children's choir + SATB adult choir and piano accompaniment, an arrangement of Creator of the Stars of Night for choir and piano, Deck the Halls in 5 for children's choir and jazz combo, a simplified arrangement of Handel's Messiah for SAB choir and string quartet and a four-part unaccompanied setting of e.e. cummings poem in time of daffodils.