Erin Guinup’s pursuit of creative, uplifting, and service-oriented work has been the driving force behind her varied musical vocation. She is a conductor, soprano, voice teacher, corporate voice specialist, author, and public speaker. Erin is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more welcoming community through song. The philosophies of this work are seen in her other projects, as Erin frequently leads workshops and speaks about how everyone can use their voice and talents to make a difference.
Erin is a classically-trained concert soloist, performing with ensembles such as Tacoma Concert Band and Northwest Repertory Singers, and her internationally performed one-woman show, The Ladies of Lyric and Song: Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre has been praised as “an amazing tour-de-force.” Other career highlights include conducting the world premiere of Orson Scott Card and Mark Mitchell’s He is There and annual performances of Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God and Handel’s Messiah; witnessing her students achieve success on Broadway, regional theatre and operatic stages, and television’s American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent; presenting at TEDxSeattle with the Tacoma Refugee Choir; and singing in Jerusalem and Europe with Common Ground Voices, an Israeli-Palestinian choir devoted to building understanding through music.
Erin is a contributing author for two books being released in 2019: So You Want to Sing Music by Women and My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement. She is also the creator of Musically Spoken, a curriculum that uses principles of singing and compassion to improve communication in the workplace. She works with companies including Amazon, Honeywell and CHI Franciscan, and is in demand with medical teams to improve verbal communication between healthcare providers and patients. Erin is passionate about inspiring people to be the best version of themselves and uses music to strengthen confidence, empower action, and reawaken latent gifts. Her family and faith are central to everything she does. More can be found at her website.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Trésor John
PIANIST: Terry O’Hara
OPERATIONS MANAGER: Quincy Henry
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Mike Collier (chair)*
Nathalie Hamel (vice chair)*
John Dubinsky (treasurer)
Tan Sidhu* (Choir Operations Acting Chair)
*Refugee or Immigrant