Erin Rogers, tenor
Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a composer and saxophonist dedicated to new and experimental music.
Her works have been performed internationally, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Museum Concert Hall, Taiwan; Le Cité Universitaire, Paris; and the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, with a growing number of performances locally and across the continent each year. Her work Trajectories for 5 vocal-instrumentalists, was performed for New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Her works have been premiered by the Gotham Ensemble, Anubis Quartet, thingNY, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Percussion, Colin Davin, and the Warszynski Trio in venues such as Symphony Space, Kaufman Center, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2013, Erin was awarded a Jerome Fund Commission from the American Composers Forum for Mother Earth, a work for flute, saxophone quartet and electronics, that premiered at Carnegie Hall.
Erin is co-artistic director of theatrically-charged experimental ensemble, thingNY. Called an “inventive new music cabal” by Time Out New York, thingNY has brought their blend of performance art and improvisation to theatres, concert halls, art galleries, and DIY venues around New York including the Brick Theatre, Galapagos Art Space, Powerhouse Arena, Judson Memorial Church, the Tank, Littlefield, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, Dixon Place, and The Stone, as well as various historical homes throughout and beyond the metro area as part of their traveling concert/sound installation, IN HOUSE. thingNY has held residencies at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Flushing Town Hall, for their mass call-for-scores SPAM project, and has been featured in the Made HERE documentary series. New Music Box hailed thingNY’s first album, the eccentrically excessive opera ADDDDDDDDD, as “rapidfire… pulseracing… all consuming.” The ensemble is currently working on This Takes Place Close By, a new operatic work on the topic of storms, for multiple actors, readers and musicians, developed at Incubator Arts and Standard Toykraft in New York, and toured to Philadelphia, Edmonton and Calgary.
An established saxophonist, Erin has toured worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest artist, with performances ranging from solo recitals in France to cover bands in Australia. She has played with groups such as Music from Copland House, Fireworks Ensemble, and PRISM. A band member of indie-sensation Sweet Soubrette, she has played venues such as Cake Shop, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Barbes, and Le Poisson Rouge.
Born and raised in Western Canada, Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and, in 2005, received master’s degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. Her major teachers were Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, William Street, Laurie Radford and Howard Bashaw. In July of 2004, she was the first female featured guest artist at the annual Taiwan Saxophone Camp in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2006, Erin joined the publishing team at Peermusic Classical, International Music Publishing, located in midtown Manhattan.