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Praised for her "liquid tone,.... superb clarity" and "beautifully controlled" sound, Erin Fung has established herself as one of the most sought after clarinetists in North America, and has performed extensively with the Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras. Erin previously held the position as second/bass clarinet of the Vancouver Opera, and currently performs as the principal clarinetist of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and acting principal clarinetist of the Lexington Philharmonic.
An avid chamber musician and soloist, Erin has also performed with the Turning Point Ensemble on tour across Canada, in Japan with the WindRose Trio, and with the Project Muse ensemble touring throughout communities in Southern Alberta. She was also a member of the Prevailing Winds woodwind quintet in Calgary, and was a founding member of alta:nova, an innovative group focused on performing and commissioning new music, and shifting the paradigm of the classical music experience.
Erin is also a passionate advocate for music education, and currently teaches as the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Xavier University. Previously, she served as the clarinet professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, and has given masterclasses and taught at Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and McGill University. In addition, she served as Project Director for MusAid, a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting instrument donations and coordinating volunteer music teachers for youth in developing countries. Erin also taught free music classes to children at the Inn from the Cold shelter in Calgary, and helped to launch and develop curriculum for PhilharmoniKids, the Calgary Philharmonic's el sistema inspired music program serving underprivileged children in the city.
Erin has been mentored by some of the world's leading clarinet pedagogues, including Richie Hawley, Joaquin Valdepenas, Burt Hara, Ted Oien, and Michael Wayne. She holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Her orchestral career has included performances under renowned conductors, including Andris Nelsons, David Zinman, Charles Dutoit, Peter Oundjian, Christian Arming, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, and Andrew Litton. Erin held Fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Banff Centre, and also served as 2nd/Eb Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for several years.
Erin has been generously funded by Cincinnati's ArtsWave, the Calgary Arts Development Association, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Currently, she is working on a project, Isolation Commissions: The Past We Step Into, to be presented at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this summer. This project, supported by ArtsWave's Truth and Reconciliation stream, seeks to bring Black and Asian communities together through music, and will feature new commissions and collaborations with composers and artist of color. For more information, please click here.