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phone: 509.359.2241
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  • Erin Foster, Music in the Humanities
    Erin Foster, Music in the Humanities
    Music in the Humanities
    Music Building #209
    Phone: (509)359-6211
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Erin Foster was the first year music theory and ear training instructor at Eastern Washington University for almost 15 years and teaches bassoon and Woodwind Methods at Gonzaga University and bassoon at Whitman College. She is the developer and professor of the Online Music in the Humanities course at EWU. Ms. Foster is an "Eastern Washington University Honor Faculty Member" award recipient for outstanding teaching.

    Ms. Foster performs with many groups in the greater Spokane area including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater, Spokane Opera, Coeur d'Alene Opera Orchestras, and Walla Walla Symphony. She was a long-standing member of the Westwind Woodwind Quintet- -an educational ensemble of the Spokane Symphony--and Mosaic Winds.

    Ms. Foster coached and auditioned the winds and brass for the Spokane Youth Orchestra's Junior Symphony Orchestras. She adjudicates for many area and state solo/ ensemble and large group festivals and coaches woodwinds for schools throughout the great Spokane region as well as teaching private bassoon lessons.  Recently elected, Vice-President of the Spokane Historic Concerts Association, she also designed and maintains their website.

    Before moving to Eastern Washington, Ms. Foster played with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra in Reno, Nevada, Reno Opera Orchestra, Reno Salon Orchestra, Reno Wind Quintet, and freelanced with many other Nevada and California chamber groups and orchestras. She has an undergraduate degree in orchestral performance and master's degree in bassoon performance. She also taught English classes at North Idaho College.

    Ms. Foster resides in Cheney with her husband, Bill Foster, band teacher at Cheney Middle School, recipient of the "Christa Mcauliffe Outstanding Educator" award for out standing teaching Washington state from the Governor of Washington, and he  is the bass trombonist with Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band. They have two daughters.

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