Erica Lazerow Davis joined the faculty at CSUN in 2012, having previously taught at College of the Canyons, Antelope Valley College, and Ventura College. An expert in French language and diction from her years living in Paris, she teaches French Diction. She also teaches Vocal Literature and Vocal Tech, in addition to private voice lessons. In 2008 she was one of 12 teachers chosen from throughout the United States to participate in the NATS Intern Program. She has been an adjudicator for NATS Young Artist auditions, NATS Student Evaluation program, and the Santa Clarita Choral Educators Association solo competition. Her students have been featured in performances around the Los Angeles area and have gone on to schools and vocal programs throughout the United States.
Ms. Davis has degrees from the University of Southern California (M.M., Vocal Arts), The Boston Conservatory (B.M. summa cum laude, Vocal Performance), and Princeton University (B.A., English).
With a voice the LA Times called “opulent,” Ms. Davis is known for her beautiful high notes and sparkling interpretations. Her recent opera roles include Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Gilda (Rigoletto), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Antonia (Tales of Hoffmann), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), and Tatiana (Eugene Onegin). While she has established herself in Southern California performing opera with companies such as the Independent Opera Company, LA Metropolitan Opera, AVC Opera, Pasadena Lyric Opera, and USC Opera, she has also performed on the east coast and with such companies as Opera in the Ozarks. Also praised for her concert work, her performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 80, and Britten’s The Company of Heaven, among others. Ms. Davis is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Convivia, and she is featured on its CD O sacrum convivium. Ms. Davis has participated in several elite choirs, including the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Chorale. She is part of a professional choir that sings every year for High Holidays at Stephen S. Wise Temple.