Erin Craig

Erin Craig was five years old when she attended her first concert: it was the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Jubilee Auditorium. As her mom tells the story, Erin was excited to hear all those instruments play a big version of her favourite piano piece, “Ode to Joy”, but she exhausted herself conducting the orchestra from her seat, and fell asleep before the final movement.

Decades later, Erin is now an in-demand conductor, clinician and vocalist in the Edmonton music community. Erin is the Artistic Director of the Accord Ensemble, an auditioned chamber choir for young adults focused on new and inclusive repertoire, and of the BALM Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the leadership of women in the arts. She also sings professionally in Pro Coro Canada and Richard Eaton Singers, works as a pianist and musical director in Edmonton’s musical theatre community, and composes and arranges choral music.

Erin’s music education is rich and varied: her advanced musical training began with her Performer’s ARCT in Piano Performance, concurrently with her diploma in jazz piano performance at MacEwan University in 2005. She completed her undergraduate music studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2008 in Boston, MA, and when she returned to Edmonton, she taught jazz arranging, theory, and ear training at MacEwan, in addition to working as a gigging jazz and rock keyboardist.

In 2013, Erin re-discovered her passion for choral music after many years of absence, and felt called to pursue conducting. In 2018, she received her MMus in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta, under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. Erin continues to juxtapose her love and knowledge of jazz music with her choral activity in her accessible, yet high-quality, choral arrangements of pop and jazz tunes. Within BALM, the Accord Ensemble, as well as in her other work, she is an advocate for gender equality and diversity in ensemble make-up, concert programming and artistic leadership.