Violinist, violist and conductor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was most recently based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also Concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony.
Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra.
In 2013, he founded a new string ensemble in Alpena, Michigan as well as the Alpena Symphony Orchestra String School of Music and currently serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.
He also serves his community as a commissioner for Alpena County. Dr. Lawson lives in Ossineke, MI with his wife and their two daughters.