Erin McKibben

Music Director


Erin is an active performer, teacher and director based in Southern California, originally from Portland, Oregon. Locally, she is the Owner and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music, Music Director of the Santa Barbara Revels, Music Director for the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, Co-Director of the Music Academy of the West’s Sing! Program (after spending 5 years as Choir Director for the el Sistema inspired music program, the Incredible Children’s Art Network), a Teaching Artist for the Santa Barbara Symphony, and performs as Principal Flutist with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra. Erin is Principal Flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble wild Up, whose performances LA Times music critic Mark Swed has described as “impressive both technically and for their unabashed spirit.” The group’s New York City debut was listed 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, in 2015, performed as a soloist alongside renowned flutist Claire Chase at UCLA in a project for 104 flutists, and performed an alto flute solo by Andrew Norman as a main character in Hopscotch, a mobile opera for 24 cars, profiled by Alex Ross in the New Yorker magazine. 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, Warner Brothers Studios, and as soloist at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. wild Up has performed alongside the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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. 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.

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