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Santa Barbara School of Music provides quality music education and instruction that is challenging yet inspiring and fun at the same time. It is our goal to develop the creative potential of every one of our students, so that they feel great about their progress and develop a healthy sense of musical esteem and confidence. Whether you would like to learn or rediscover an instrument for personal enjoyment, or would like more serious, advanced studies, we can help you discover and develop your musical talent.

Santa Barbara School of Music offers private instruction in piano, guitar, flute and voice to children and adults of all ages and levels.

About the Program Director
Erin McKibben, native of Portland, Oregon, is a flutist and teacher currently residing in Southern California.

Ms. McKibben is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble, wild Up (www.wildup.la), about which LA Times music critic, Mark Swed, has written: “Whether or not wild Up is the future is for the future to know. But this much is certain: It works. If I ran the school district, I'd hire this collective to propagandize for classical music to every high school in the city."  The group was also listed in Mark Swed's "Best Classical Music of 2012."

She is a Teaching Artist for the El Sistema-inspired music program, the Incredible Children's Art Network (based in Santa Barbara), and also maintains a private flute studio at the Santa Barbara School of Music.

As a soloist, Ms. McKibben 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 and Masterclass in New York City (performing for Michael Parloff), the Masterclass Performers Competition in Las Vegas (performing for Carol Wincenc) and as a guest recital soloist at the convention in Las Vegas, 2012.

As a chamber musician, Ms. McKibben was selected to participate in the 2011 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She has been heard on Santa Barbara's classical music radio station as a featured artist and has been a guest masterclass clinician for the University of Puget Sound, in conjunction with a duo performance with the University String Orchestra.  Most recently, the Mercury trio (Erin, along with violist, Jacob Adams and pianist, Pascal Salomon) was invited to present a recital at Occidental College.

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.

Ms. McKibben has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, with artists such as Joshua Bell and David Zinman, with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in Carnegie Hall and with wild Up at REDCAT (Walt Disney Concert Hall) and Colburn's Zipper Hall.  Erin has won the Las Vegas Flute Club Young Artist Competition, third prize at the Pittsburgh Flute Club Young Artist Competition and is featured prominently on the University of Michigan Symphony Band release, Classic Structures, which includes the premier performance of William Bolcom's First Symphony for Band.  While at Michigan, she worked closely with Emmy-award winning composer Michael Daugherty on a variety of projects.  She has also recorded with the United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles at Warner Brothers Studios.

Erin enjoys the wines and weather of Southern California, while her husband pursues a PhD in music theory at the University of California Santa Barbara.


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