Emily Erb has held the position of second clarinetist with The Santa Fe Symphony since 2013, and has played with them since 2008. Originally from Eastern Oregon, Emily earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Idaho, where she studied with Dr. J. Roger Cole. She earned her Master of Musical Arts degree from the University of Akron in Ohio, where her teacher was Dr. Kristina (Belisle) Brown. She then attended Arizona State University for three years working towards a doctorate with Dr. Robert Spring. She has lived all over the country, from the west coast to Ohio and Kentucky, but New Mexico feels like home.
Since 2013, Emily has also been teaching clarinet to 2nd–5th graders with the Young Musician Initiative, an outreach program through the New Mexico Philharmonic. She has performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Opera Southwest, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Phoenix Symphony. She also teaches clarinet at the Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake, a summer camp in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon.
She lives and gardens in the South Valley of Albuquerque with her husband Peter, their dog Sandy, and their cat Bigfoot. When they can get away, she loves to spend time in the mountains hiking and backpacking.