Hailed by the press as engaging, elegant, and entertaining, Erin Freeman holds a joint position with the Richmond Symphony (Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Director of Choral Activities). This appointment follows seven successful years as the Richmond Symphony’s Associate Conductor and includes overseeing all of the choral ensembles at VCU and preparing the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus. Freeman is also Artistic Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts, where her creative and vibrant programming has resulted in record crowds, multiple sell-outs, increased donations, and an endorsement in the Washington Post.
Freeman has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and ensembles in Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Illinois. She has led performances with the Richmond Ballet, the Neglia Ballet, the Savannah Ballet Theatre, and Baltimore School for the Arts dance department, and she has been involved with multiple Balanchine Trust productions. In 2015-2016, Freeman made her debut with Berkshire Choral International (BCI) and the Springfield Symphony. In 2016-2017 Freeman will return to BCI, will conduct the Richmond Ballet and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and will lead a performance of Poulenc Gloria at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International and members of VCU Commonwealth Singers, Richmond Symphony Chorus, Virginia Symphony Chorus, and ensembles from Atlanta, Florida, Massachusetts, and Wales.
Previous positions include Director of Orchestras at Baltimore School for the Arts and American University, Conductor at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute, Lecturer for the National Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic, and Resident Conductor at Peabody Conservatory. Freeman holds degrees from Northwestern University (BMus), Boston University (MM), and Peabody Conservatory (DMA). Instructors include Gustav Meier, Victor Yampolsky, Helmuth Rilling, Murry Sidlin, Ann Howard Jones, and Robert Shaw.