Erika R. Gamez
Erika R. Gamez is a music director and keyboardist based in NYC. A proud Xicana from Central California, Erika relocated to San Diego 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, they 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, they were brought in to rehearse the 2nd national tour of ON YOUR FEET! with director Luis Salgado and music supervisor Miami Sound Machine's Clay Ostwald.
Erika was recently Off-Broadway as Associate MD/Keys 2 for the new musical adaptation of THE HARDER THEY COME at The Public. Since then, they have music directed AIDA with STAGES St. Louis, NEXT TO NORMAL at Greenbrier Valley Theater, and LIZZIE at TheaterWorks Hartford.
Erika resides in Manhattan with her partner composer Andrew Esquer.
M.M. Conducting, San Diego State University
B.A. Music Education, Fresno State
- Off Broadway
- Community Theatre
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Master’s Degree
- NYC/Tri-State Area
- LA/Southern California
Interested in touring?
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
- Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Rehearsal Pianist
- Bass - electric
- Guitar - acoustic
- Guitar - electric
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Person of Color?