Conductor

Testimonials

Erin has helped me transform my voice like no other. Not only does she have a beautiful heart and passion for music, she is very smart and takes her work seriously. Erin knows what she is doing. During my American Idol appearance, she was always there to help me. It was an honor working with such a dedicated vocal coach like Erin. On a personal note, she is also really cool too!

- Desirée

Thank you so much for your devotion, time and support. We've had many late nights in preparation for contests and performances and I appreciate the sacrifices you have made with your time and energy. Thank you so much for being a wonderful teacher and friend.

- Elizabeth

How delightful to see and hear your young tenor. His demeanor was professional and said, 'I'm here and I love what I do. I sing beautiful music.' Thank you for your great teaching.

- Janis

I am so thrilled that I had this short opportunity to work with you! I usually don't see my progress and in the past I sometimes felt like I was going backwards but with you I have NEVER felt that way! You have given me all the tools I need for success! You brought acting and feeling into my singing, you smoothed out my break and fixed things that should have been fixed a long time ago. I was crying today just thinking of how far I've come with you in such a short while and how I will miss your magnetic teaching. Thank you for all your positive reinforcement and for changing my life.

- Natalie

Thank you for being such an amazing teacher, even to this student who might not always be the most stellar himself. There are times when I feel guilty because of it but you never once made me feel that way. Whenever I saw you, you made me want to improve. Thank you for that and for all your help and support!

- Kraig

I'm more than grateful for this experience. It has changed my life.

- Kim

I hope I can be a teacher like you someday.

- Haley

You're the best teacher a student could ask for and I'm thankful to have you in my life! Thank you for all you have taught me. I would not be this far without you!

- Annie

I have always felt comfortable being myself in your studio because I know it is a safe place. Thank you for loving me the minute I walked through your door.

- Katie

Thank you for being the best voice teacher a singer could ask for.
And a wonderful mentor, friend and occasional therapist. :)

- Colin

I don't know how to express what an incredible impact you've made on my life. You've encouraged, supported, lifted, pushed...You are phenomenal! I hope I can even be half the woman you are when I grow up.

- Elise

I don't have the words to thank you for all you have done for me. Yesterday I said you saved my "vocal life," and I meant it. I have not enjoyed singing as much in my whole life as I do right now. You have helped me in so many ways to grow and find out what a good singer I am. I can't thank you enough and am so grateful to have found you!

- Rosalie

Thank you so so so so so much for not giving up on me.
I really can't tell you how much I appreciate you.

- Lauren

Working with you through these years has been so rewarding and helpful. It's weird to listen to myself before I started working with you- HUGE DIFFERENCE. I was able to go to state with different groups, I got into college with a scholarship with you help as well and my singer-songwriter skills are also much better. When you met me I had long hair, little motivation and a shy personality. Now I'm leaving with short hair, muscles and a passion for life. Singing is bigger than just making music. Thank you always.

- Tanner

Your mentorship is so important to me. Thank you for guiding me and encouraging me through the past six years.

- Sierra

Erin is a wonder of wonders.

- Teresa

When I began lessons with you I thought I knew,
The kinds of challenges you'd make me face,
You gave me the motivation to pursue
The best and reject the commonplace

Your thinking really opened my mind
What wisdom, style and grace, you have, you made me see
The what I'd choose to seek, I'd surely find
You shook me out of my complacency.

I thank you now for everything you've done.
What you've taught me I will not outgrow.
Your kind attention touched my mind and heart
In many ways you will never know

I will remember you my whole life through,
I wish that all my teachers were like you!

- Annie

As a specialist in both classical and contemporary vocal technique, I enjoy teaching and conducting a wide variety of music from Handel’s Messiah to musical theatre.  My 20+ years of teaching private voice (and being a vocal pedagogy nerd) has given me a deep foundation in the science and application of vocal technique and song interpretation.

My main focus is currently the Tacoma Refugee Choir where I serve as both Executive and Artistic Director.  Not your typical choir, TRC is a welcoming community of refugees, immigrants, and friends united in support of refugees and the pursuit of love, hope, and belonging.  The unique makeup of this choir with people from many cultures, colors and religions has required me to learn to approach music in new ways including limited use of sheet music and aural approach to learning harmonies, an emphasis on the process rather than the product, and leading community sing-alongs with large groups of non-trained singers.  It has been a life-changing project that has opened my eyes to how music connects us as human beings and that the ability to create is truly a human right*.

*The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27 lists cultural expression as a human right.

* Tacoma Refugee Choir’s first music video “Be Counted” will be released on March 10, 2020

Other conducting/directing projects have included:

Adjudicating for choral festivals and competitions throughout North America and presenting workshops on vocal technique and leading masterclasses.  Just a few representative examples:

• Workshops for ShowChoir Camps of America- Ohio
• Adjudicating for WMEA Solo/Ensemble Competitions
• Clinician for Choral Festivals
• Adjudicating for National & Regional NATS Auditions
• Masterclass and lecture at the University of British Columbia
• Workshop and masterclass at University of Alaska, Anchorage
• Adjudicating for 5th Avenue Theatre
• Substitute conducting at Pierce College and Tacoma Community College


“He is There”

I had the privilege to direct the world premiere of this musical program for orchestra, choir and soloists by Mark Mitchell and New York Times Bestselling Author Orson Scott Card. The writers attended and spoke at the standing room only premiere and I also conducted the recording session of eight demo tracks of this faith-based program. Listen here: www.MarkMitchell-Music.com/Card/Fireside/

“Lamb of God” (2012-2019)

This sacred work for choir, orchestra and soloists by Rob Gardner was the highlight of our Easter season and consistently performed for full houses.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic The Pirates of Penzance

was a delight to direct and conduct. To view the complete production, click on the icons at this link. (Be sure to check out the short video at “Penzance Mustache Problems” for a hilarious live performance mishap)