Singer-songwriter Erin Westfall bought her first guitar, a six-string Samick acoustic, for $25 from an antique shop when she was in high school. She taught herself enough chords to play her favorite pop songs, and eventually began writing originals, compiling them into a demo album for her senior project.
This adventure in music composition led her to studying at Western Oregon University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Music and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. During school, her involvement in different ensembles allowed her to tour to Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
While at WOU, Erin served as Associate Director of the Smith Fine Arts Series, acting as a liaison between guest artists and the American Metropole Orchestra. During her years with the orchestra, she performed with Micky Dolenz, Martha Reeves, Kurt Elling, Mel Brown, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Sean Jones, Sara Gazarek, Jose James, and Cuong Vu.
Now, Erin teaches ensembles and private lessons throughout the Willamette Valley. She performs originals with her own quartet, featuring Sean McLeod on guitar, Jacob Marsh on bass, and Ethan Wilson on drums.