Clarinetist Erin Finkelstein is an active performer and educator located in Phoenix, Arizona. Erin is currently an adjunct music lecturer and a Feldenkrais Practitioner® at Phoenix College. She has been on faculty at Glendale Community College, served as the clarinet instructor at California State University, Stanislaus and twice been a guest lecturer of clarinet and chamber music at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. She has given clarinet master classes to hundreds of individuals in public and private schools across the West Coast. She has worked with the musicians in the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and Davis High School Symphony and has taught at the Stanislaus Chamber Music Camp, University of the Pacific Music Camp and the Mill Ave Chamber Players Chamber Music Camp. Erin founded the FABOS Ensemble, which was awarded a spot on the Kennedy Center's Any Give Child roster in Sacramento to present educational outreach concerts in public and private schools.
Erin is in demand as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician as well. In 2015, she started VIF, a piano-clarinet-violin trio, to explore and expose the wealth of music written for clarinet and strings. A busy freelancer, she performs frequently with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, and was former clarinetist with the Mill Ave Chamber Players. Each summer Erin performs with the world-class Carmel Bach Festival and was engaged as principal clarinet in 2012 and 2017. Click here to find clarinet reviews of Erin.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Erin was a member of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and performed regularly with professional orchestras and opera companies in California, including Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Cruz and the Reno Chamber Orchestra in Nevada. She has performed on numerous occasions with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet from the University of the Pacific, Citywater New Music ensemble, on the "Music at Noon" recital series at Westminster church in Sacramento, and at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. She has participated in summer festivals at the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Domaine Forget Festival in Quebec, Canada, and the Bear Valley Festival in California.
Erin earned her Bachelors of Music in clarinet with Dr. Patricia Shands at the University of the Pacific, where she graduated with awards in performance; after winning the concerto competition in 2002, she performed Debussy's Première Rhapsodie with the Pacific Orchestra. She studied Piano at the University of the Pacific with Dr. Frank Wiens. She earned her Masters of Music degree in clarinet with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University, and continued clarinet studies with David Krakauer at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Erin maintains an active clarinet and piano studio in Phoenix, Arizona. More information about joining her studio can be found here.
Erin is passionate about helping musicians find lifelong comfort and ease with their instruments and creative processes. Through her work as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Erin has offered intelligent movement classes across the U.S. for musicians and the general public, including at the University of the Pacific, Arizona State University and the University of California Davis, as well as workshops at cancer centers, women's shelters, yoga studios, physical therapy offices, and for leadership classes, schools, students, teachers and professors. Through a lens of body mechanics and neuromuscular awareness, Erin works with people in class settings and one-on-one sessions to increase individuals somatic understanding of themselves. Students seeking her knowledge have visited from across the country to work on a variety of movement topics. Her article "Musician's Magic Zone" written for the Feldenkrais Guild can be found here. More information about classes and one-on-one sessions can be found by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org, following her page on Facebook at Feldenkrais for Musicians and the General Public, or visiting here for more information.