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Erika R. Gamez

Erika R. Gamez

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    A proud Xicana from Central California, Erika relocated to San Diego in 2018 after four years as a music educator to pursue a M.M. in Conducting on a full-ride scholarship, studying under Dr. Shannon Kitelinger (UNT, Eugene Corporon). While in San Diego, she premiered two new musicals as music director for Luann comic strip creator Greg Evans, music directed local productions of LITTLE WOMEN and MISS YOU LIKE HELL, and conducted academic wind ensembles in concert year-round.

    Erika worked closely with Broadway pit alum Rob Meffe as his rehearsal accompanist and pianist for SDSU’s productions of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and SHE LOVES ME. She was also the music director for the La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival performances of ALLEGORY, co-directed by Sammi Cannold and Emily Maltby with music and lyrics by Ari Afsar.

    Erika wrapped her first national tour as MD/Key 1 for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL in 2022. After a successful run as MD/Key 1 for ON YOUR FEET! at the John W. Engeman Theater, she was brought in to rehearse the 2nd national tour of ON YOUR FEET! with Miami Sound Machine's Clay Ostwald.

    Erika is now in rehearsals as Associate MD/Keys 2 for the upcoming premiere of THE HARDER THEY COME at The Public.

    Erika currently resides in Manhattan with her partner composer Andrew Esquer.

    M.M. Conducting, San Diego State University
    B.A. Music Education, Fresno State

    Professional Experience

    • Off Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • Tours
    • Community Theatre
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Master’s Degree

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist

    Primary Instruments

    • Piano
    • Synthesizer

    Additional Instruments

    • Accordion

    Software

    • MainStage
    • QLab

    Affiliations

    • MUSE
    • NAfME

    Person of Color?

    • Yes