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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 a local production of LITTLE WOMEN and MISS YOU LIKE HELL, and conducted academic wind ensembles in concert year-round.

    Erika has 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 earlier this year and was MD/Key 1 for ON YOUR FEET! at the John W. Engeman Theater over the summer.

    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

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • Tours

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
    • Music Assistant
    • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist

    My Primary Instrument

    • Baton, Piano

    My Instruments

    • Piano
    • Synth - keyboards

    Software

    • MainStage

    Affiliations

    • MUSE
    • NAfME

    Person of Color?

    • Yes