I am a percussionist, educator, project manager, artistic director and arts collaborator. I like to grow veggies and bake things. I like to play, listen, think, talk, move and feel. I am passionate about how education in the arts can bring people together and open up minds to unforeseen possibilities. I like to read novels about faraway places and articles on how to live more sustainably. I like hiking in the outdoors and keeping fit. I like listening to music.
Erica completed a Master of Music Performance in Percussion and Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Melbourne with Timothy Hook and Robert Cossom. While there, she was awarded the J.S Bach prize and received a scholarship to study with Montreal Symphony Orchestra timpanist Andrei Malashenko at McGill University (Canada). In 2009, Erica received a grant from the Cybec Foundation to participate in a Winter Music Creative Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada.
Erica is a recipient of the Moonee Valley Foundation Scholarship for her involvement in community projects and received a grant from ArtPlay (City of Melbourne) to direct a series of workshops where children respond to live music using paint called Paint What You Hear.
Erica is currently employed as an instrumental percussion teacher, project manager at Wild@heART Community Arts and is coordinator of Crashendo!, an El Sistema-inspired music program at Laverton College. She is also a teaching artist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Erica is an avid performer, enjoys playing various gigs around Melbourne and is co-founder of Tungsten Duo and the award-winning percussion trio, BED Percussion.
Some personal recordings
I Ching IV – Per Nogard
Recorded at Melba Hall (Melbourne, Australia) with David Collins November 2006
Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B minor – J.S. Bach
Recorded at Toyland Recording Studio (Melbourne, Australia) with Adam Calaitzis January 2012
Generally Spoken, It’s Nothing But Rhythm (Movt 1) – Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
Generally Spoken, It’s Nothing But Rhythm (Movt 2) – Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
Recorded at Rolston Hall, The Banff Centre (Banff, Canada) with Emma Lain January 2009