Erica Skowron has resided in Prince George since 1990. She has been the principal oboe with the Prince George Symphony since that time and has performed many solos with them including: Six Studies in Folksong for English horn and orchestra, Mozart Concertante for Four Winds, Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, Marcello Oboe Concerto, Albinoni D Minor Concerto,the Vivaldi D Minor KV 454 Concerto as an oboist and Rose Prince from Symphony of Saints by Gordon Lucas, Kapliow’s Green Eggs and Ham, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Bach Cantata # 54, Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Vivaldi Stabat Mater as a singer.
She has also performed both as a vocal soloist and an oboe soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Kelowna, BC and has the pleasure of touring much of the beautiful BC and Yukon with a small chamber group both singing and playing.
Her training has taken her across the globe. She moved here from Toronto where she completed the Orchestral training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She completed an honours Bachelor in Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario studying oboe with James Mason and voice with Patricia Pascoe. Prior to that she spend a year studying at the Conservatoire Nationale de Sant Maur in La Varrenne, France.
Further Study has included the International Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong at Banff, Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy with Richard Miller at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Early Music Vancouver Baroque Workshop, Ray Still Masterclass in Vancouver, John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina, Banff School of Fine Arts summer masterclasses, the Sarasota festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Ontario Youth Choir. She has also studied Kodaly music education with several teachers including one who was a student of Kodaly himself.
Erica currently plays with the PGSO, directs the St. Andrew’s United Church choir and teaches voice, oboe and piano from her own private studio. She enjoys gardening, swimming and hiking with her husband and their golden retrievers.