From an early age, Laura developed multiple aspects of her musical abilities, achieving high honors not only as a harpist, but as a pianist and a vocalist as well.  She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied both harp and voice, graduating in 1992 with a degree in vocal music education.

After teaching music in the Kansas City, Kansas public schools, Laura returned to her harp studies at the University of Kansas, where she earned her masters degree in harp performance. Mrs. Erickson owes much to her teachers Sandra Bury, Mary Beckman, Alice Chalifoux, and Deborah Wells Clark as they nurtured and shaped the harpist she is today.

Mrs. Erickson returned to Des Moines in 1997 to raise her young family and continues to juggle her time between harp freelancing, teaching, mothering, and participating in the music ministry at her home church as a vocalist.