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Erika Ji

Erika Ji

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Erika is a cross-genre composer-storyteller who loves soaring melodies, dream worlds, and stories that challenge our preconceptions about what is true, good, or worth wanting. Her work has premiered at places like Lincoln Center and the Public Theater, and been supported by folks like the National Music Theater Conference, the National Alliance for Musical Theater, and the New York Foundation for the Arts

    Recent projects: Yoko's Husband's Killer's Japanese Wife, Gloria (5th Avenue Theatre Commission 2021, Civilians R&D 2022, NAMT Grant 2023, Orchard Project 2023, O’Neill NMTC 2023, NAMT Festival 2023), VISARE (New Voices Winner 2021, Vivace Award Nomination 2021), Starsong (Rattlestick 2021, Sound Bites 2023), [untitled hat project] (NYFA Grant 2021), untitled quartet project (NMTP Commission 2023).

    As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, Erika has performed on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning and on Broadway with Kimberly Akimbo, and she music-directed Virgin’s ship-wide immersive experience Scarlet Night.

    2024 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist, 2023 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Artist, 2022 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter, 2021 MFA from NYU Tisch GMTWP.

    The proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, Erika grew up in California, studied computer science & philosophy at Stanford, and built products at Dropbox before deciding to follow the music.

    Professional Experience

    • Broadway
    • Off Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • TV/Film
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Master’s Degree


    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • San Francisco/Northern California

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Songwriter
    • Vocal Arranger
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Music Producer/Record Producer

    Primary Instruments

    • Piano
    • Voice

    Additional Instruments

    • Accordion
    • Electronic/Computer Music
    • Synth - keyboards


    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • Logic
    • MainStage
    • Sibelius

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Film Scoring


    • MUSE

    Person of Color?

    • Yes