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Erin Patterson, Associate Faculty- Cello

Currently based in Montreal, QC, cellist Erin Patterson is pursuing her Master’s Degree in in Cello Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz. She began playing the cello at the age of three in the Suzuki Program in her hometown of Huntsville, AL and was later accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham to focus primarily on her music studies in high school. She made her solo debut with the Huntsville Symphony performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto at age 17.

During her summers she has been a participant of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. Erin is a prize winner of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 CCM undergraduate competitions and was a finalist in the 2015 CCM Cello Concerto Competition. She had the opportunity to perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto with members of CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra in 2016. In addition to performing as a soloist, Erin is an avid chamber musician. Her quartet won the 2015 CCM Chamber Music Competition and she has been a fellow of the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival for the past 6 years. 

Erin has performed in masterclasses for world renowned cellists such as Rafael Rosenfeld, Alisa Weilerstein, Paul Watkins, Alan Harris, Tamas Varga, Fred Sherry, and Richard Aaron. She held a substitute cello position with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra between 2014-2017, and was the recipient of the Vaughan Hedrick Award in 2017. She was also the recipient of the Bauer Memorial Scholarship Award 2014 through 2016.

Outside the practice room, Erin enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, skiing, cycling, and exploring with her dog, Lilo.

Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Alan Rafferty.