Ericka Forsberg,, M.M.
Adjunct Professor of Vocal Studies
M.Mus. in Vocal Performance (2005); With Distinction – DePaul University; Chicago, Ill.
B.Mus. in Vocal Performance (2001) – University of Northwestern; St. Paul, Minn.
Ericka Forsberg received her undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the University of Northwestern, where she studied voice with Carol Eikum and participated in both theatre and music department productions. Roles in these productions included Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Joy in Shadowlands, Jo in Little Women and alto soloist in The Messiah. She also served as alto section leader in the College Choir under the direction of Timothy Sawyer, where she was privileged to be part of their Restoration Tour, visiting Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. During her senior year, she was nominated and was one of two students given the Outstanding Choral Member award.
After her undergraduate education, she received her master’s in vocal performance at DePaul University where she studied with Susanne Mentzer. As a graduate student, she performed with DePaul Opera Theatre, playing the role of Carmen in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas and Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo. Other operatic roles have included Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Solo Quartet—Alto in Little Women and L'ecureuil in L'enfant et les sortileges. In the Twin Cities, she has performed with Minnesota Opera in their productions of La donna del lago, Lakme and in the U.S. premiere of the German baroque opera, The Fortunes of King Croessus.
Ericka is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, where she has been a semifinalist and a 2nd place winner in the college women’s classical division in the Minnesota Chapter. She has served as a private vocal instructor at several schools in the Twin Cities, including Roseville High School and St. Anthony Village High School, where she worked as the musical director for their production of, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In addition, she has taught as a vocal instructor at the Academy of Music through University of Northwestern and at Crown College, where she also taught German and French diction. Currently, she teaches as an online professor at University of Northwestern in addition to her teaching at Waldorf. She lives in Forest City with her husband, Nate, and their two energetic boys, Grant and Hudson.