Erin Ryan is a classically trained, professional violinist who doesn’t subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach to strings pedagogy or performance. She demonstrates this perspective both through her diverse performing ensembles — a string quartet and a rock band — and her students who include kindergarteners and adults learning everything from Bach to Led Zeppelin. Erin believes that string instruction should be a gratifying and enjoyable experience, and she tailors her curriculum to meet each student’s goals.
Erin set out on her violin journey from Manassas, Virginia at the age of 6. During high school, she performed with many local ensembles such as Youth Orchestras of Prince William, the All-Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as the North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra and All-County Orchestras.
She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her time at UMW, she served as the concertmistress of the Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra in 2003-2004 and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2002 with the Mary Washington Symphony. She received numerous music scholarships as well as the Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award.
Currently, Erin performs at about 80 weddings and special events per year with her string quartet, the Cherry Blossom String Quartet. Some of the quartet’s more notable performances include appearing on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Virginia Wine Festival, and the National Archives’ Annual Galas. Over the past several years, she has expanded her playing to other genres such as folk, rock and bluegrass. Erin regularly performs with her rock band The Beanstalk Library at DC-area venues such as The Hamilton, Pearl Street Warehouse, and the Rock & Roll Hotel.
Erin began teaching during her undergraduate years at UMW. After graduating, she worked for one year in the Development Office at the Kennedy Center before returning to teaching and performing on a full-time basis. In 2011 she earned her Master of Education in School Counseling degree from George Mason University. Erin currently maintains a private studio of about 40 students and resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband Brian and greyhound Luke.