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Erin Richardson

Location: Hawaii, USA
I am currently a student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, pursuing a B.Mus. in Composition.  I have participated in choirs for the greater part of my life, joining the Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus (HYOC) in the 4th grade and participating with that ensemble through high school.  I currently act as a "kokua" or helper (teaching assistant) with HYOC, primarily assisting the Angeli (gr. 2-4) ensemble and piano classes which range from Angeli, Cantilena (gr. 7-9), and Scelto (gr. 6-9 select ensemble) levels.  In addition to HYOC, I participated in my high school's choirs for three years and the ACDA Hawaii All-State High School Honor Choir for four years.  Since coming to UHM, I have participated in almost every choral ensemble offered, including the University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Hawaiian Chorus.  I have also sung in church and community ensembles, most notably as a founding member of Colla Voce, Hawaiʻi's premiere student-led women's ensemble, which was comprised entirely of students or recent alumnae at UHM.
 
As a composer, I focus on a wide variety of genres and media, but I consider choral music to be the core of my compositional voice.  I am currently working on a three-piece sacred song cycle entitled "Three Prayers for Our Lady in Heaven" including settings of the famous Marion prayers Ave Maria, Magnificat, and Stabat Mater, written for SSAA choir and piano.  I have also completed a piece for woodwind quintet entitled "Kahaukani me Tuahine" and plan to continue writing for both choral and instrumental ensembles of all sizes and types.  I also hold a passion for music of Hawaii and the Pacific, and hope to incorporate aspects of these vibrant musical cultures into the broad world of new music, while also maintaining a great respect for the traditions of our Western heritage and the innovations of modern composers throughout the last century. 

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