A native of the Pacific Northwest, dramatic soprano Erin G. McCarthy is a dynamic performer who brings a steely, soaring voice and an "elegant, sparkling" (Willamette Week 2003) presence to the concert, opera, and recital stage.
In her private voice studio Erin is a kind, effective teacher who guides her students towards their individual goals with a skillful, supportive approach to singing. Currently accepting new students, she is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is regularly engaged to participate in masterclasses, workshops, festivals, and lectures throughout the area.
The only thing better than singing is more singing.
– Ella Fitzgerald
Erin is a busy performer whose 2014/2015 engagements include recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest and California, a gala concert at Linfield College, and speaking engagements at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, as well as being chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2014 International Elizabeth Connell Prize competition for emerging dramatic sopranos.
In addition to her operatic career, Erin is also a lifelong equestrian who is an active member of the Oregon Dressage Society. Having long appreciated the benefits of horseback riding on her own singing, she also observed that having knowledge about classical music gave her a better understanding of rhythm as it applies to dressage theory. She created Ridden Rhythms as a teaching tool for using horses to create better singers and for using music to create better riders. Ridden Rhythms operates out of Fermata Farm just outside of Newberg in the heart of Oregon's wine country, where Erin - along with her husband, Jaybill, and son, Ernie - makes her home.