Sheri K. Ericksen - February 27, 2014Sheri K. Ericksen, 57, of Lincoln, died peacefully on Feb. 27, 2014, with her family at her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on Oct. 5, 1956 in York, Neb. to Duane and Marjorie (Shafer) Ericksen. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Hampton and confirmed at United Lutheran Church in Hampton. Sheri was a member of Girl Scouts and attended Hampton High School, where she participated in pep club, student council, marching and concert bands, and was an accompanist for the school choirs. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1974 and was Valedictorian and Senior Class President.
She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where she continued her study of piano. She was a member of the NWU Marching Band (saxophone), Concert Band (percussion), Jazz Ensemble (saxophone), and was a student accompanist. Sheri graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music, Applied Piano Degree. She received the “Gold Key” award for Highest Academic Rank.
Sheri continued her study of piano at Michigan State University, where she received a Master of Music, Applied Piano degree in 1980. Her studies provided her with a strong background in music theory, and included doctoral level courses in music analysis. She completed Masters classes in chamber and ensemble playing with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. While attending MSU, Sheri taught graduate and undergraduate level classes to piano students, and performed as an accompanist in student recitals, auditions and master classes. She was an Adjudicator at the 1980 National Federation of Music Clubs Festival in Olivet, MI.
While attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, Sheri met Glen Cox, who quickly became her best friend. They were married at United Lutheran Church in Hampton on June 12, 1982. Glen died on Oct. 10, 2005.
Sheri was a member of the Beta Pi Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon professional music fraternity. She was awarded several scholarships from the fraternity during her undergraduate years, and served as President of the Chapter. She remained an active alumni member of the fraternity throughout her adult life, and spent 5 years as the editor of the Mu Phi Epsilon national magazine, providing writing and production services.
In order for Sheri to remain active in her music career, she chose Graphics Design as part-time second career. Her 30+ year career included positions at Nebraska Department of Education, Boomers Printing, Cornerstone Printing and Arts, Inc. She also did freelance designer and marketing work for clients including: J&L Lee Books, Nebraska Chamber Players, TADA Productions, Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Foundation, The Loft at the Mill, and Lutheran Tape Ministry. Sheri’s work earned several regional and national awards for electronic design. During the last year Sheri worked as the Marketing Director for the Lincoln Symphony.
Sheri was most comfortable seated at the piano. Her love and passion for music remained strong throughout her life. Her contributions and performances touched many lives, including all those that played with her. For the last several years she performed as a member of the Nebraska Chamber Players.
One of her proudest accomplishments was realized last year, when the Nebraska Chamber Players commissioned and performed the original piece Ashfall by Rusty Banks, for the chamber player’s 15th anniversary. In addition, they participated in the filming of Ashfall Unearthed, a half-hour music television special based on the creation and performance of Ashfall, which was inspired by the Nebraska Ashfall Fossil Beds.
During her career Sheri also performed with the Lincoln Symphony, for TADA Theatre Productions, for UNL Music Student Recitals, and she was excited to perform the Nutcracker with the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She enjoyed accompanying her brother Bruce Ericksen as he sang for weddings, funerals and church services.
Sheri was preceded in death by her husband Glen Cox. Surviving family members include: her parents, Duane and Marjorie Ericksen, Hampton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gregg and Faye Ericksen, Holdrege, Neb., Bruce and Dr. Nicole Anderson-Ericksen, Lincoln, Brian and Nicci Ericksen, Kansas City, Mo.; nieces, nephews, Grant and Melissa Ericksen, Becky and Channing Holbrook, Ben and Savannah Ericksen, Jessica Parker, Rachel Ericksen, Hannah, Haley, Evan and Elizabeth Ericksen; grand-nephews, Aiden Parker and Spencer Holbrook; all of the Ericksen and Shafer relatives; special friends, Dick Shoemaker and Becky Van de Bogart, and her beloved Scottish terrier Coco.
Sheri will also be missed by her Nebraska Chamber Players family, and all of her friends that she touched with her life, her friendship, and her music.
A memorial service will be held on April 5 at 2 p.m. at the NET TV Studios, 1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE. Memorials to the Nebraska Chamber Players. No Visitation/Cremation. Condolences online at roperandsons.com.