Conductor and mezzo-soprano Erica Washburn has served as Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory since 2009. At NEC she currently conducts the 24-to-28-voice auditioned Chamber Singers, and oversees the NEC Concert Choir and graduate Choral Conducting degree program. She teaches "Basic Choral Conducting," "Advanced Choral Conducting," and "Sacred and Secular Choral Literature."
As a conductor, Washburn has worked with the East Carolina University Women's Chorale and Eastman Women's Chorus, has been a guest conductor for several New York State School Music Association and North Carolina Music Educators Association state festivals, spent five summers as a conductor and voice faculty member for the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies, and is a sought-after guest clinician.
As a soloist, Washburn has been featured on the Eastman-St. Michaels Recital Series, given her Jordan Hall recital debut, given the Boston premieres of two works for mezzo-soprano by the late Richard Toensing with the NEC Symphonic Winds, and performed with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, and with the Vivificus! Chamber Players.
Additional orchestral and stage performance credits include Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Rebecca Nurse in Robert Ward's The Crucible, Aminta in Mozart's Il re pastore, and Mother/Allison in the premiere of Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking.
Washburn is the recipient of several outstanding alumni awards, including the distinguished honor of admittance to the Westminster Choir College Music Education Hall of Fame.
B.M., music education, Westminster Choir College. M.M., choral conducting and vocal performance, East Carolina University. M.M., vocal performance, Eastman School of Music. Conducting and voice studies with Dr. William Weinert, Dr. Daniel J. Bara, Dr. Andrew Megill, Dr. James Jordan, Jan Opalach, Karen Holvik, John Kramar, and Anne Ackley Gray. Former faculty of New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies, and Gretbatch School of Music of Houghton College.
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