2019-20 Young Children’s Library Series

Check out video highlights from 2019!

Gather your mini-Mozarts and baby Beethovens for our 2019 Young Children’s Library Series! Open to the public, and free of charge, this family-friendly program is designed to introduce young children to music in an entertaining setting. The monthly, 45-minute sessions are aimed at encouraging children’s involvement and interest in music.

Building Blocks of Music

All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Petoskey District Library.

Saturday, September 14Intro
Saturday, October 5Brass – Range
Saturday, November 2Winds – Tempo
Saturday, January 4Percussion – Rhythm
Saturday, February 1Vocal – Dynamics
Saturday, March 7Strings – Melody/Harmony


Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor 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 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 UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.