Erin Foster taught music theory/ear training and advised incoming freshmen at Eastern Washington University for almost 15 years. Currently, she teaches Music in the Humanities a course she developed for EWU Online Education Program. In addition, Erin teaches bassoon lessons and Woodwind Methods at Gonzaga University and bassoon at Whitman College. Erin is an "Eastern Washington University Honor Faculty Member" award recipient for outstanding teaching.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Foster is a professional musician who performs with many groups in the greater Spokane area including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater, Spokane Opera, Coeur d'Alene Opera Orchestras, and Walla Walla Symphony. She was a long-standing member of the Westwind Woodwind Quintet--an educational ensemble of the Spokane Symphony--and Mosaic Winds, conducted by Dr. Robert Spittal. Ms. Foster coached and auditioned the winds and brass for the Spokane Youth Orchestra's Junior Symphony Orchestras. She adjudicates for many area and state solo/ensemble and large group festivals and coaches woodwinds for schools throughout the great Spokane region as well as teaching private bassoon lessons.
As Vice-President of the Spokane Historic Concerts Association™, she also designed and maintains their website and helped revived The Spokane Royal Fireworks Concert™. Before moving to Eastern Washington, Ms. Foster played with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra in Reno, Nevada, Reno Opera Orchestra, Reno Salon Orchestra, Reno Wind Quintet, and freelanced with many other Nevada and California chamber groups and orchestras. She has an undergraduate degree in orchestral performance and master's degree in bassoon performance. Previously, she taught English courses at North Idaho College.
Ms. Foster resides in Cheney with her husband, Bill Foster, the band and strings teacher at Cheney Middle School and recipient of the "Christa McAuliffe Outstanding Educator" award for exemplary teaching in Washington state from the Governor of Washington and is the bass trombonist with Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band. They have two daughters.
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