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Erika Ji

Erika Ji

Biography

Erika is a cross-genre composer-storyteller who loves soaring melodies, dream worlds, and stories that challenge our preconceptions about what is true, good, or worth wanting. Her work has premiered at Lincoln Center, the Public Theater, and Rattlestick Theater.

Recent projects: Yoko’s Husband’s Killer’s Japanese Wife, Gloria (5th Avenue Theatre Commission 2021, Civilians R&D 2022, NAMT Grant 2023, Orchard Project 2023, O’Neill NMTC 2023), VISARE (New Voices Winner 2021, Vivace Award Nomination 2021), Starsong (Rattlestick 2021, Sound Bites 2023), [untitled hat project] (NYFA Grant 2021).

As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, Erika has performed on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning and on Broadway with Kimberly Akimbo, and she music-directed Virgin’s ship-wide immersive experience Scarlet Night.

Erika is a 2022 Johnny Mercer Songwriter and a 2019-2021 MFA Fellow at NYU Tisch. The proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, Erika grew up in California, studied computer science & philosophy at Stanford, and built products at Dropbox before deciding to follow the music.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • TV/Film

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Northern California

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Songwriter
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Music Producer/Record Producer
  • Actor-Musician

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano & Voice

My Instruments

  • Accordion
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice
  • Other
  • 16/15 Hammered Dulcimer

Software

  • Dorico
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius
  • QLab

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD
  • MAESTRA

Pronouns

  • She/Her