I’m your host, 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 an joy to create.