Erin Craig is an in-demand clinician, composer, arranger, and vocalist in Edmonton’s diverse music community. Erin is the Artistic Director of Accord Ensemble, a chamber choir for young adults focused on new and inclusive repertoire, and of the BALM Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the leadership of women in the arts. She also sings professionally in Pro Coro Canada, works as a pianist and musical director in Edmonton’s musical theatre community, and teaches a small studio of piano and voice students.
Erin’s music education is rich and varied: her advanced musical training began with her Performer’s ARCT in piano, concurrently with her diploma in jazz piano performance at MacEwan University in 2005. She completed her undergraduate music studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2008 in Boston, MA, and when she returned to Edmonton, she taught jazz arranging, theory, and ear training at MacEwan University, in addition to working as a gigging jazz and rock keyboardist.
In 2013, Erin re-discovered her passion for choral music after many years of absence, and felt called to pursue both conducting and composing. In 2018, she received her MMus in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta, under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. Erin continues to juxtapose her love and knowledge of jazz music with her choral activity in her accessible, yet high-quality, choral arrangements of pop and jazz tunes, many of which are available on her website, erincraig.ca. Within BALM, the Accord Ensemble, as well as in her other work, she is an advocate for gender equality and diversity in ensemble make-up, concert programming and artistic leadership.
Believers, Do Not Grow Weary
by Erin Craig
SATB a cappella – CP 1854 – duration 2:00
Erin presents a powerful message of encouragement; “Believers, do not grow weary. Do not lose heart in doing what is right.” This rousing song applies to anyone who believes in living a stand-up life; with honesty, love and justice for all. The troubles of this world can often be wearisome and discouraging so this anthem will touch people at church, at school or in the concert hall.
by Erin Craig and Matthew McGuigan
SATB a cappella – CP 1855 – 2:00
Simple, beautiful, effective – the perfect ending to any event – concert or service.