Erin Busch is a composer and cellist residing in Philadelphia pursuing a Ph.D in Music Composition at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently studying with James Primosch and Amy Williams. Erin was previously an adjunct professor of music theory and composition at Temple University from 2015–2018, where she also received her B.M. in Music Composition (’13) and her M.M. in Music Composition and Cello Performance (’15). Erin has studied composition with Anna Weesner, Maurice Wright, Jan Krzywicki, Cynthia Folio, Adam Vidiksis, and Richard Brodhead. She has been commissioned and performed by the Albany (NY) Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet, the TAK Ensemble, The Philadelphia Charter – A String Theory School, and members of the Arcana New Music Ensemble.
Erin is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Young Women Composers Camp (YWCC), a two-week summer composition camp for girls ages 14–19 at Temple University. This summer, the camp will feature guest composers Jennifer Higdon, Andrea Clearfield, and Elainie Lillios, guest performers from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society, the SPLICE Ensemble, and a partnership with the Sō Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. Previous guests include Missy Mazzoli and the ATLYS quartet. (For more information, please visit youngwomencomposers.org.)
As a cellist, Erin performs regularly with local ensembles such as the Arcana New Music Ensemble, Symphony in C, and the Philly Pops. She has participated in several orchestral summer festivals, including the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine; the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; the Orchestra of the Americas Nordic-Baltic tour; and the Festival Napa Valley, where she was the principal cellist. Erin is a 2018 graduate of the YOA Global Leaders Program, a nine-month certificate program in Civic Leadership, Teaching Artistry, Cultural Agency, and Social Entrepreneurship that included on-site music program development and teaching in southern Chile and Belize City.