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Erin McKibben is a Grammy-nominated performer, educator, and entrepreneur currently residing in Southern California.
Erin is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble, Wild Up (wildup.la), whose performances LA Times music critic, Mark Swed, has described as “impressive both technically and for their unabashed spirit." The group's recent NYC debut was included in the New York Times "Best Classical Music of 2015."
As a soloist, Erin has given acclaimed performances with several orchestras across the country. She has also appeared as a soloist at the National Flute Association Convention as a prize-winner of the Orchestral Excerpt Competition in New York City, and as a guest recital soloist. Erin has performed as a soloist with Claire Chase in Salvatore Sciarrino's Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni at UCLA for 104 flutists and performed an alto flute solo by Andrew Norman as a main character in Hopscotch, a mobile opera for 24 cars produced by the experimental opera company, the Industry, profiled by Alex Ross in the New Yorker magazine. She also collaborated with the Industry in the 2020 production, Sweet Land. In 2016, Erin gave the West Coast Premiere of Christopher Cerrone's flute and electronics work, Liminal Highway. Wild Up and Cerrone's collaboration, The Pieces that Fall to Earth, was nominated for a Grammy in 2020.
Erin has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, Colburn's Zipper Hall, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and as soloist at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Wild Up has performed alongside the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Erin is featured prominently on the University of Michigan Symphony Band release, Classic Structures, as well as Wild Up's album, Feather & Stone. She has worked closely with Emmy-award winning composer Michael Daugherty on a variety of projects and has recorded with the United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles at Warner Brothers Studios and with Wild Up at Sunset Sound.
As a chamber musician, Erin participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has been heard on Santa Barbara's classical music radio station as a featured artist.
Erin was also engaged as the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Chapter Conference of the College Music Society, held at the University of Puget Sound. The speech was entitled "Restoring Relevance: Crafting a Sustainable Career Path in Music." You can find her on the UPS notable alumni page here: www.pugetsound.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/undergraduate/music/alumni/alumni-profiles/entrepreneurship/.
She holds a BM from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter as a fellow.
She is the Music Director for the Santa Barbara Revels and the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, a Choral Director for the Music Academy of the West's Sing! Program, a Teaching Artist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and is also the owner and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music.
Erin enjoys the wines and weather of Southern California, as well as performing as a principal with the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara.