Bachelor of Music: Boston University
Master in Music: Boston University
Clarinetist, Erika Block, hails from Annapolis, MD. She received her Bachelor and Master's degrees in clarinet performance at Boston University. She studied with Thomas Martin (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and continued on with Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra). Her studies began with Gregory Raden (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and she attended Brevard, Tanglewood, and Kinhaven music schools in the summer.
Erika performs regularly with the Fifth Inversion Woodwind Quintet, Skagit Opera, Trio D'Anches, Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra, Bellingham Chamber Music Society, and many others. As an active soloist, she has recently been featured with Fourth Inversion in Mt Vernon, WA, in addition to recitals and concerti in Bellingham, Vancouver BC, and Washington DC. Erika and her family moved to Bellingham in 2011 after several years in Vancouver, BC. There she played with the Vancouver Island Symphony, North Shore Sinfonia, and Nu:BC contemporary ensemble.
In addition to performing, Erika was the marketing and artist relations director for Backun Musical Services, a boutique clarinet manufacturer based in Burnaby, BC. There, she spent several years designing the packaging, website, print ads, logos, and trade show decor. She toured the US and Europe with Morrie Backun, educating clarinetists around the world about their instrument, the products, and how to improve their playing. Now, 15 years since its inception, Backun Musical is the leader in clarinet innovation worldwide.
Erika has always enjoyed teaching. She maintains a private studio, presents masterclasses, and adjudicates throughout Washington State. She is so excited to be joining the Western Washington faculty, and looks forward to growing the clarinet studio!