Equally at home with the quirky and the traditional, Erika Binsley is an enthusiastic performer of music new and old. From playing funk melodies over the sound of spaceships and lasers, to providing sensitive accompaniment in Rossini operas, to appearing in an Indian fusion music video, she is a versatile hornist and wagner tuba player.
Currently, Erika is a freelance hornist in the Washington D.C. area, doctoral student at the University of Maryland, and founding member of the CorElement Horn Quartet. Since 2014, she has performed with the Alexandria Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Maryland Lyric Opera. Prior to moving to the east coast, she was a member of the Wichita Symphony and Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, while earning her Master's of Music degree from Wichita State University. As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, Erika was a member of the YMF Debut Orchestra, which toured seven cities across China in 2011, and she was an active member of the Thornton Music Outreach Program.
At the 2015 International Horn Symposium, Erika performed as a contributing artist, as part of the Erika2 Duo, which included the world premiere of Binsley's arrangement of Feldmayer's Concerto No. 1 for two horns and piano. She also presented a lecture entitled, "Why Every Hornist Should Have a Smartphone in the Practice Room." During previous summers, Erika has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Summer Festival, CCM Spoleto Festival (in Italy), Kendall Betts' Horn Camp, and Idyllwild Summer Festival Orchestra.
Erika currently studies with Gregory Miller at UMD, and she is the Graduate Assistant for the Stamp Student Union's Computer Helpdesk. Her primary teachers include: Nicholas Smith, Kristy Morrell, James Thatcher, Steven Gross, and Louise MacGillivray.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking decadent foods, discussing philosophy, and fixing computers.