Erik Shinn was appointed Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Florida in the fall of 2015. An active trombonist in the southeast United States, Erik has worked with middle school, high school, and university students across the region and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and conductor across the United States. Erik's research interests are centered on trombone literature and include the Collegiate Commissions Project, and a treatise titled An Annotated Bibliography of Works for Solo Bass Trombone and Wind Band.
Erik holds bass trombone positions with The Gainesville Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs as a substitute musician with other orchestras throughout Florida. He has also played with the Texas Festival Orchestra at the Round Top Festival-Institute (Round Top, TX) and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (Brandon, MO). A previous member of the administrations at the Brevard Music Center and Interlochen Arts Camp, Erik currently works as the Housing Director for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
As an arranger, Erik has written pieces for a variety of brass ensembles, specializing in works for trombone choir and mixed low brass. His arrangements have been commissioned and performed by professional organizations including the St. Louis Low Brass Collective, Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, and the Cramer Trombone Choir of the International Trombone Festival, as well as collegiate ensembles including those at: Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ithaca College, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alabama, University of Colorado-Boulder, and more.
Erik earned a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, Master of Music from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Pennsylvania State University. His primary teachers include John Drew, Brent Phillips, and Mark Lusk, with additional instruction from Brian Hecht, Gerry Pagano, John Kitzman, Lee Rogers, Grant Moore II, and Paul Ebbers. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and is an artist-clinician for the Edwards Instruments Co.