Erin Keeton-Howard (she, her) is a Seattle-based educator, conductor, and composer. Community music, and the formation of community through making music, is at the heart of her research interests, educational philosophy, and personal passion. Erin is delighted to engage in this adventure through her work as a guest conductor/composer/clinician in the Seattle area and beyond.
Currently Erin serves as the Director of Bands at The Northwest School, Director of the North Seattle Symphonic Band at North Seattle College, and Co-Founder/ Director of Formation Wind Band (Seattle's all-women wind band). She began her teaching career in North County St. Louis teaching middle school band at St. Angela Merici School. Since then, Erin has taught middle, high school, collegiate, and adult wind bands as well as music appreciation and music education courses. Erin is a multi-year nominee for Teacher of the Year and has been awarded the Sigma Alpha Iota Leadership Award. In 2020 her wind ensemble at Inglewood Middle School was selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education Northwest Region conference.
Erin discovered composing during the pandemic. She enjoys writing music for all levels, but is particularly passionate about writing quality music for student musicians to nurture developing skills and specific idiosyncrasies for each instrument. Erin is actively commissioned by groups at all levels and works with bands across the country through composer clinics. Her works include compositions for concert, jazz, pep, and brass bands as well as various chamber ensembles. Erin’s music is published with Murphy Music Press, Carl Fisher, and Randall Standridge Music Publications.
In addition to her musical pursuits, Erin is passionate about travel, cooking, authentic conversation, and sudoku. Erin resides in Mountlake Terrace, WA with her wife Felicia and two lovable pups, Tucker and Edna Boone.
Founders and directors Erin Keeton-Howard and Anne Kreider-Hughes established Formation Wind Band in 2018 as an exclusive opportunity for women to create, collaborate, and build community through music. Formation is an ensemble made up of musicians from the Seattle area that gather for five rehearsals and annual performance. It is both a high-caliber music experience and an affinity space for women in the Seattle area. To learn more, visit www.formationwindband.com.
"Women in Wind Band" by
Erin Keeton-Howard & Meghan Wagner
Available December 2023 at GIA Publications
Written as a guide for discussion and reflection amongst music educators, Women in Wind Band thoughtfully looks at why female-identifying band directors are still a minority in the field and what can be done about it. Centered on the experiences and wisdom of women in the field, the book is divided into three parts:
Part I features essays by five professionals who explore best practice and contemporary issues. Part II focuses on lived experiences presented through interviews with nineteen women representing many identities and intersecting identities, including women of various ages, races, ethnicities, orientations, years of experience, and levels of instruction.
After examining traditions, assessing current practices, and reflecting on lived experiences, Part III is a call to action, providing ideas and resources for shaping and supporting a future that is inclusive and sustainable--not only for women but for everyone in the field.
As the profession evolves, Women in Wind Band encourages readers with any level of
experience to explore healthier practices and deepen their understanding through authenticity, community, and advocacy.