Erica Lee is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.S. in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her M.M. in Piano Performance with Dr. Lucinda Carver and will serve as a graduate teaching assistant in January 2022. Erica is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at USC and serves on the board of officers as the social media coordinator.
During her time at USC, Erica served as a mentor with the Thornton Community Engagement Program, through which she taught group music classes and accompanied choir rehearsals at partnering Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools. Outside the classroom, Erica was also involved in the Thornton Student Ambassador Program, where she served as Ambassador Leader in her final year.
Erica is an alumnus of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music where she studied solo piano with artist-teacher, Dr. Susan Svrcek. At PCM, she was an avid performer and regularly took part in student showcases and played in masterclasses by Dr. Caroline Oltmann, Gilead Mishory, Dr. Raymond Ericksen, and Craig Richey, just to name a few. In 2015, she was named the inaugural recipient of the Estelle Broussard Schlueter Piano Scholarship.
Beyond piano, Erica has a diverse musical background. With nine years of experience studying flute with Ginny Atherton, she made her solo debut with the LA Premiere Orchestra conducted by Norman Henry Mamey at the age of 14 and was awarded the inaugural Norman Henry Mamey Music Scholarship in the following year. Erica has also played as a featured soloist with the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra at the Young Artists’ Concert and with the La Cañada High School Orchestra for the LCHS Concerto Concert. In addition, Erica was a member of the USC Thornton Concert Choir led by Dr. Cristian Grases, performing at various collegiate festivals and the Western American Choral Directors Association Conference in 2018. In high school, she sang with the La Cañada High School Concert Choir, attending multiple choir festivals and embarking on a week-long choir tour in Italy.
Erica has earned top honors in both piano and flute at various regional competitions including the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Music Arts Competition of Orange County, and the CAPMT Sonata/Sonatina and Romantic/Impressionistic Competitions.
Over the pandemic, Erica started the podcast series, “Practice Break”, presented by PCM, and co-hosted the episodes with Ashley Cheng, a childhood friend and duet partner. Together, the duo dived into their experiences navigating the world of classical music as students and young professionals.