Elon Music Department alumna Erin Eady ’20 wins soloist competition

Eady performed Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and won the annual soloist competition held Sunday, Feb. 21 at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Clarinetist Erin Eady ’20 was named winner of the annual Graduate Instrumental Division Student Soloists Competition at Shenandoah Conservatory on Sunday, Feb. 21. Eady is pursuing a master of music degree in clarinet performance while serving as a graduate assistant under the tutelage of Professor of Clarinet Garrick Zoeter.

While at Elon, Eady studied privately with Thomas Turanchik and worked regularly with accompanist Sharon LaRocco. She was principal clarinet in the Elon University Orchestra for four years under the direction of Thomas Erdmann and performed with the Elon Music Ambassadors led by Virginia Novine-Whittaker. She was a recipient of the Elon Presidential, Orchestral and Music Department scholarships recipient and earned a bachelor of arts degree in arts administration and music in the liberal arts with minors in communications and business administration.

Eady performed two movements of Bernhard Henrik Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 to win the competition. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s annual soloist concert, she will perform a solo clarinet recital in April.