Erin Brophey is currently the Principal Oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Erin held the position of section oboe and English horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Erin is also an active freelance musician and has performed with many Canadian orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and the Elora Festival Orchestra.
In 2000, Erin received her Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with James Mason. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Cynthia Koledo de Almeida in 2002.
As a chamber musician, Erin has performed in many summer festivals nation-wide including Festival of the Sound, West Ben Festival, Elora Festival, Stratford Music Festival. Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie and the National Academy Orchestra. Recently, Erin performed at the Ritornello Festival with the Gryphon Trio.
Erin Brophey is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and is the Woodwind Coach for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. In Saskatoon, Erin co-directs a community double-reed band called Squawk, is active in new music programming and also teaches a private oboe studio. In addition, Erin is on faculty at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario.
Learning the oboe can and should be fun.
I use music instruction to help a student understand how they specifically learn (this can have a life-long impact, no matter the subject).
The discipline of DAILY (and consistent) practice leads to rewarding results.
I take great joy in adapting my teaching methods to suit the student’s goals.
Each person learns a little differently and at their own rate, I really enjoy watching a unique brain learn. I find it fascinating.
I learn so much from teaching students.
Each student is unique
Making music with other people is a great joy that I love to share with my students.
I take great pride in teaching beginners through very advanced students. I feel that it gives me a broad perspective on the path of learning the oboe.
As a teacher, I want my students to succeed at what they choose to do. For some students, this means helping them apply what they have learned in oboe lessons to their chosen fields. For other students, it means helping them navigate the world of classical music.
I have prepared my students to win national competitions and to become professional oboe players. Some of my former students have gone on to study dental surgery, landscape design, mathematics, creative writing, medicine, law, computer engineering, education, drama and fine arts. I’m so proud of everything my students accomplish.
My sincere hope is that they take the joy of creativity and working well with others into their adult lives.
Erin's passion for the oboe, her musical expertise, and her enthusiasm shine through in her teaching. My daughter began learning the oboe this year at school. Private lessons with Erin did so much to advance my daughter's interest in the oboe and to increase her love of music. We will definitely continue learning with Erin!