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Erika Svanoe

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Erika Svanoe


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

Dr. Svanoe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Ohio State University, where she served as conductor of the OSU Collegiate Winds, assistant conductor of the OSU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, and taught undergraduate conducting classes. She also holds an MM in wind conducting from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Her principal conducting teachers include Russel Mikkelson, Joseph Missal, Hilary Apfelstadt, and Marshall Haddock. She has had further study with H Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchoff, Allan McMurray and Michael Haithcock.

She is currently [2021] teaching at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. Her previous roles include director of bands at Bemidji State University, co-director of the Bemidji Area Community Band, assistant director of bands at the University of New Hampshire, and director of bands at Mukwanago (Wisc.) High School. In 2007, she was a featured civilian guest conductor with the USAF Heritage of America Band.

An active supporter of new and innovative music, she has commissioned and premiered works by Andrew Boysen Jr, Asako Hirabayashi, and Matthew Saunders. As a performer and ensemble director, she has worked with artists such as Joe Burgstaller, Douglas Monroe, Kevin Daley, and Kiku Collins.

Dr. Svanoe's research on Aaron Copland has been published in the WASBE Journal and presented at the CBDNA national conference. She served as the Collegiate Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.

Her instrumental performance credits include clarinet and bass clarinet with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, saxophone with the Troppo Big Band and Bemidji Big Band, and EWI with the MIDiots contemporary electronic music ensemble, of which she was a founding member. Her principal clarinet teachers include James Pyne, Babette Belter, and Richard Fletcher.

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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.