Erin Keeton-Howard

From Wind Repertory Project
Erin Keeton-Howard


Erin Keeton-Howard (b. 23 December 1986, St. Louis, Mo.) is an American composer, conductor, trumpeter, and educator.

Ms. Keeton-Howard graduated cum laude with a B.S. in music education from the University of Missouri, and she holds an M.A. in music education with emphasis in conducting from the University of Washington.

Keeton-Howard, based in Seattle, is passionate about bringing people together through music. Community music, and the community that forms through making music at all levels, is at the heart of her professional philosophy. Erin is delighted to engage in this philosophy through her work as a guest conductor/composer/clinician in the Seattle area and beyond.

Currently [2022] Erin serves as the director of bands at The Northwest School, director of the North Seattle Symphonic Band at North Seattle College, and co-founder/ director of Formation Wind Band (Seattle's all-women wind band). In 2009 Erin began her teaching career in North County St. Louis teaching 5-8th grade band at St. Angela Merici School. Since then, shehas taught middle, high school, collegiate, and adult wind bands along with music appreciation and music education courses in the Greater Kansas City and Seattle areas.

Born out of necessity, Erin began "officially" composing for wind band in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown. Without the ability to travel or make music, she needed a new way to find meaning. The result was her first full concert band piece, Wanderlust.

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