Dr. Erika Izaguirre has been appointed Trumpet Instructor at Concordia College, beginning Fall 2021. Prior to this appointment, she was an active freelance performer and educator in New England, primarily based in Boston. She enjoyed a career forming the minds of young brass musicians from underrepresented communities through her work in the Intensive Community Program in collaboration with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and hopes to continue this work in Minnesota. Erika also enjoys performing in chamber groups, orchestras, and music theaters.
As a soloist, Erika is scheduled to perform in Spain with the Concordia Band and Orchestra in May. She has commissioned and premiered works in New York and abroad by composers John Wallace, Sean William Calhoun, and Jorge Bennett. Erika has also performed at the Fringe Festival and has recorded for the Blue on Blue Recording Studio and for Blue Lake Public Radio. Additionally, Dr. Izaguirre has soloed with Greece Symphony Orchestra and performed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, and Symphoria.
Erika earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers have included James Thompson, Wiff Rudd, Ray Sasaki, and Boyde Hood.
Currently, Erika is working on a project that highlights the music of Mexican composers through performances, publications, and presentations. In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, outdoor adventures, and experimenting with Mexican recipes.