About Me


I’m your host of Inside the Notes, Erika Block.  I am the clarinet professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham WA.  I perform each summer with the Bellingham Festival of Music, and during the year with the Fifth Inversion wind quintet, Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, and Off the Hill chamber series.  

As a student I had the honor of studying with amazing clarinetists such as Thomas Martin, Gregory Raden and Ricardo Morales.  This lineage led me to become passionate about our musical history.  I continue to be fascinated by the generations that came before us and the unique stories they bring.

 Each time I sit down with an artist, I am in awe of their experiences and insight. They are able to describe the artistry, commitment, and passion that goes into our profession.  I am extremely excited about the guests for this season and look forward to sharing them with you!

In order to grow as a community we must stay connected with our memories and preserve them for future generations.

I hope you enjoy these conversations, they have been a joy to create.