Meet Erin Aldridge

Erin web image

Erin Aldridge has won numerous awards as both soloist and chamber musician and has been featured throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. She was a featured soloist at the John Downey Festival in London, performing the world premiere of his Irish Violin Sonata. In Solonsa, Spain she was a guest soloist and chamber musician at the AIMS festival. She has also performed numerous concerts throughout Uruguay as well as throughout the United States with the Dorothea Trio. She is a highly sought-after performer and pedagogue, and has been published in Strings Magazine.

Dr. Aldridge maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been a soloist with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and the Itasca Symphony Orchestra. She has been a guest artist at the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, Arizona State University, DePaul University Contemporary Concert Series, Madeline Island Music Camp, Ashland Chamber Music Series with Trillium Piano Trio, National String Workshop, “Live at the Chazen” Concert Series, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio, the BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

In the Twin Ports area, Dr. Aldridge has received recognition as a prominent artist. In the spring of 2005, she was named concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She was also selected for the “20 under 40″ award by the Duluth News Tribune in the fall of 2007, an honor given to 20 professionals who are successful in their chosen fields and role models in the community.

As a conductor, she has directed many ensembles around the state and has been the guest clinician for the UW-Milwaukee High School Honors Orchestra in 2007 and 2008. Under her direction, the University of Wisconsin-Superior Chamber Orchestra has developed a reputation for innovative programming specializing in performance of both traditional and new compositions. The Chamber Orchestra was featured in concert at the 2007 Wisconsin State Music Educators State Conference. In 2005 they presented a concert tour in Brazil and in the spring of 2008 they embarked on a concert tour of China.

Dr. Aldridge attended Indiana University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. She received her Master’s degree and Performer’s Certificate in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a member of the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music under the direction of the Fine Arts Quartet. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance. Her primary teachers include Mimi Zweig, Josef Gingold, Nellie Shkolnikova, Rostaslav Dubinsky, Efim Boico, and Vartan Manoogian. Her conducting instructors include Margery Deutsch and David Becker.

In 2003, Dr. Aldridge joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She serves as Associate Professor of Violin, Director of Orchestras, and is a member of the faculty piano trio Trillium.

Learn more at

We are thrilled to announce that not only did we meet our Heritage Fund campaign goal of $500k, but we surpassed it by almost $10k!