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Erika Svanoe

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Erika Svanoe


Erika Svanoe (b.1976 Whitewater, Wisc.) is an American conductor, composer, and educator.

Dr. Svanoe earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Ohio State University under Russel C. Mikkelson. She also holds a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Dr. Svanoe maintains an active schedule as a composer, writing music for band and chamber ensembles. Her first published work, The Haunted Carousel, won the 2014 NBA Young Band Composition Contest and was featured at the Midwest Clinic and the CBDNA Southern Division Conference. Her piece Steampunk Suite was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, at the 2017 American Bandmasters Association National Conference, and performed by “The President's Own” United States Marine Band at the U.S. Capitol Building. Her DMA dissertation included a critical edition of Aaron Copland's El Salón México for wind ensemble, with related research published in the WASBE Journal and presented at the CBDNA national conference. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

She is also the creator of Marrying Mr. Darcy, the Pride & Prejudice card game, and occasionally advocates/speaks on the topics of crowdfunding, game design, and arts entrepreneurship, with past appearances at a variety of gaming-related events and media.

Dr. Svanoe currently serves as the conductor of the Augsburg Concert Band at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she also teaches undergraduate conducting, music theory, and instructs the clarinet studio. Prior to joining the Augsburg faculty, she was director of bands at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., and director of athletic bands at the University of New Hampshire. She is active as a guest conductor and clinician, appearing with high school, university, and festival ensembles across the United States.

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  • "Erika Svanoe Interview." WASBE, 20 June 2021. Web. Accessed 20 June 2021
  • Erika Svanoe website Accessed 4 February 2016
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 491.
  • Thompson, Ken. "Steampunk Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 856-862. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.