Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Erin Wight
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Seattle-based violist Erin Wight is an active chamber musician and avid performer of new music. Giving performances the New York Times describes as “surehanded,” “engrossing” and “rich,” she plays frequently as a member of the New York City ensemble Either/Or and has appeared as a contemporary music soloist on four continents. Deeply committed to community engagement, Erin has over a decade of experience working as a Teaching Artist and curriculum writer for leading arts organizations. She has been a Lead Teaching Artist for the faculty of the New York Philharmonic's Philharmonic Schools program and has also served as a Teaching Artist for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterAdditionally, Erin is a founding member of the Toomai String Quintet, and with Toomai has brought interactive concerts to listeners across the United States. Toomai was honored to be one of the pilot ensembles in Carnegie Hall’s groundbreaking community engagement program Musical Connections. Erin is currently a Music Curriculum Specialist for The Juilliard School, where she completed her Master of Music degree studying with Paul Neubauer.

Contact Information

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514 N 80th St.
Address 2

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Music: explorations of Western Classical traditions (orchestral, chamber, contemporary/avant garde); preparation for immersive listening at concert experiences; composition and improvisation; ensemble performance skills; introductions to various global music traditions (instrumental and vocal).
Music, Multidisciplinary


Previous School Partnerships
After a decade partnering with schools throughout the NYC area I'm looking forward to getting to know the education and arts communities here in Seattle.
Other Trainings or Certifications
  • Music Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Programming, The Juilliard School
  • Curriculum Writer and Educational Consultant (partners include: The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke's)
  • Former Lead Faculty Member, New York Philharmonic
  • Former Teaching Artist, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Performing Arts (Dance, Drama); Visual Art; Language Arts; History/Social Studies; Geography
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have extensive experience with curriculum creation, both as an individual author and as a collaborative thought-partner for teachers and organizations. Recent work includes ongoing lesson creation for the Juilliard Creative Classroom, Teacher Guides for the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts for Schools (including the most recent one found here) and for the educational programming at The Orchestra of St. Luke's. In my decade as a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic I worked with literally thousands of students in Grades 3-5, and have a special affinity for this age range and all they can imagine and accomplish. Through Carnegie Hall I developed a particular expertise with students in grades K-2, serving as a Teaching Artist and curriculum author for their Musical Explorers program (focused on vocal-based global music traditions) as well a developer and demonstrator of resources from their Music Educators Toolbox.
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