Erik Shinn joined the York Symphony Orchestra staff as Concert Operations and Personnel Manager in the summer of 2018. An active arts administrator with a passion for orchestral music, he has previously held positions at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Center, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In York, Erik oversees personnel management, concert administration and production, hospitality, educational programs, guest artist coordination, and assists with maintenance and oversight of the music library. In 2019 he was selected for and attended the League of American Orchestras’s Essentials of Orchestra Management annual cohort in Los Angeles, California.
Erik previously served as Adjunct Instructor of Trombone at the University of Florida and held graduate teaching assistantships in the trombone studios at Florida State and Baylor universities. During his time in Florida he held contract positions with the Gainesville and Ocala Symphony Orchestras and performed with others throughout the state. Erik's research interests are centered on trombone literature and include the Collegiate Commissions Project, and treatise An Annotated Bibliography of Works for Solo Bass Trombone and Wind Band. He has performed as soloist and/or presented at the International Trombone Festival, Florida Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, and the University of Florida International Brass Festival.
As an arranger, Erik has written pieces for a variety of brass ensembles, specializing in works for trombone choir and mixed low brass. His arrangements have been commissioned and performed by professional organizations including the Cramer Trombone Choir (Professor Trombone Choir of the International Trombone Festival), Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty Brass Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, St. Louis Low Brass Collective, Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nitzan Haroz [Philadelphia Orchestra], Paul Pollard [Metropolitan Opera Orchestra], as well as collegiate ensembles at: Baylor University, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Henderson State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ithaca College, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alabama, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Florida, University of Oregon, and more.
Erik earned a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, Master of Music from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Pennsylvania State University. His primary teachers include John Drew, Brent Phillips, Mark Lusk, and Grant Moore II with additional instruction from Brian Hecht, Gerry Pagano, John Kitzman, Lee Rogers, Paul Ebbers, and Jan Kagarice. He is a member of the League of American Orchestras, and is an artist-clinician for the Edwards Instruments Co.
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