Dr. Eric Olson serves as Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Morris, Adjunct Professor of Music at Bemidji State University, and Executive/Artist Director of the Bravo! Summer Music Academy. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with Robert Dan and I-fu Wang. He earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Sally O'Reilly. In addition to his violin studies, Dr. Olson studied viola with James Vanvalkenburg and Robert Dan, and piano with Deborah Moriarty, Michael Alan Nathan, and Penny Draper. He also received a Master's degree in Music Theory from Michigan State University.
Before assuming his current positions, Dr. Olson served as Director of the Pre-Conservatory Program at Shattuck-St. Mary's School. Some of his performances include a tour of Minnesota as violin soloist for Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a guest artist recital at Western Michigan University, a guest artist performance for the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert Series, celebrating composer Dominick Argento in Minneapolis, MN, and a concert tour of Bemidji, MN and Alexandria, MN for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. He also has extensive orchestral experience and has performed with the American Ballet Theatre, the Minnesota Oratorio Society, the Minneapolis Pops orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony, the West Michigan Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, and the Midland Symphony.
Awards he has received include performance fellowships and Music Theory teaching assistantships from Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Dr. Olson has won over a dozen grants to fund guest artist residencies, performances, master classes, and educational outreach. He was also First Place Winner of the Artistic Ambassador Competition; sponsored by the Minnesota Music Teachers Association in 2012 and again in 2014.