Erica Skowron has been teaching music for 29 years. She has been the principal oboe with the Prince George Symphony since 1990 and has performed many solos with them including: Six Studies in Folksong for English horn and orchestra, Mozart Concertante for Four Winds, Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, Marcello Oboe Concerto, Albinoni D Minor Concerto,the Vivaldi D Minor KV 454 Concerto as an oboist and Rose Prince from Symphony of Saints by Gordon Lucas, Kapliow’s Green Eggs and Ham, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Bach Cantata # 54, Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Vivaldi Stabat Mater as a singer.
She has also performed both as a vocal soloist and an oboe soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Kelowna, BC and has the pleasure of touring much of the beautiful BC and Yukon with a small chamber group both singing and playing. She performs regularly with Alban Classical Artists.
In addition to performing, Erica directs the Trinity United Church choir and has been the position for more than 25 years. She also taught music at the Child Development Centre for several years working many special needs children.
Erica completed the Orchestral training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She holds an honours Bachelor in Music with a minor degree in Drama from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario studying oboe with James Mason, voice with Patricia Pascoe and drama with Leslie O'Dell. Prior to that she spent a year studying at the Conservatoire Nationale de Sant Maur in La Varrenne, France. Other teachers have included Richard Dorsey - former principal oboist of the Toronto Symphony, Roger Cole - principal oboist of the Vancouver symphony, soprano Linda Miekse and tenor Douglas Rice.
Further Study has included the International Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong at Banff, Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy with Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Early Music Vancouver Baroque Workshop, Ray Still Masterclass in Vancouver, John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina, School of Fine Arts summer masterclasses, the Sarasota festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Ontario Youth Choir. She has also studied Kodaly music education with several teachers including one who was a student of Kodaly himself.