Erin Rolan

Viola, Violin Teacher

Erin Rolan


Cape Canaveral, FL
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Erin Rolan is a professional Violist and Violinist who has been based out of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM the past 10 years and has recently relocated to the Central Eastern Florida Coast. She holds Masters of Music Degrees in Violin Performance, Viola Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Oregon. She has her long-term training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas in all 10 books of the Suzuki Violin Method and Viola Books 1-3, as well as training in the Music Mind Games method for music theory and general music education. She has studied with the teachers Jennifer Cowell, Carrie Krause, Fritz Gearhart, Leslie Straka, Daniel Gay, Kimberly Fredenburgh and Carmelo de los Santos and Susan Kempter.

Erin has maintained an active private and group teaching practice over the last 10 years. In January 2017, Erin received the Emerging Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association for “an enthusiastic and fun-loving approach to employing string pedagogy and performance training in classroom and studio teaching in Albuquerque.” Her private students have been accepted into the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program and the New Mexico All State Conference, as well as gone on to minor in music at Universities throughout the Southwest. Erin has most recently taught with the Albuquerque Public Schools as the Orchestra Director of two middle schools.

In addition to maintaining a vibrant studio, she has been performing in the Southwest area with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Opera Southwest, the Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Performance Santa Fe and Chatter Albuquerque among others since 2012. She has served as Acting Principal Viola with the Helena Symphony in 2014 and was the winner of the Principal Viola position in 2015. Erin has attended and performed in music festivals both in The States and in Europe. In 2014, she served as Associate Concertmaster for the Spazio Music Festival Opera Orchestra in Orvieto, Italy in 2014. In 2015, she was the Runner-Up in the Solo Bach Competition with the University of New Mexico Summer Music Institute. And as a young performer, she was the winner of a young artist concerto competition with the Wyoming Symphony in 2005.

When Erin isn’t teaching, performing or practicing, she enjoys dancing West Coast Swing or Argentine Tango, hiking, sketching, gardening and has studied Combat Hapkido and Grappling.