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Erika Ji

Erika Ji

Biography

I’m a cross-genre composer-storyteller who loves soaring melodies, dream worlds, and big passion. I’m inspired by the epic energy of nouveau cirque, the lush soundscapes of classical orchestras, the character-driven storytelling of musical theatre, the immersive power of film & game music, and the authentic heart of indie & nomad folk songs.

I’m fascinated by stories that challenge our preconceptions about what we think is true, good, right, or worth wanting. And my favorite stories make me laugh, cry, feel, and think.

My work has been featured Off-Broadway and around the world by the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Nadia Boulanger Institute, Musical Theatre Factory at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Broadway’s Future Songbook at the Lincoln Center Library, Tisch Fringe Festival, SheNYC Arts, 52nd Street Project, Cesar Franck Hall at the Schola Cantorum de Paris, and—most illustrious of all—the Theatre of Zoom.

Most recently, my collaborator Clare Bierman and I were winners of the 2021 New Voices Project, and my collaborator Andrew Strano and I premiered our light puppetry work STARSONG Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, I’ve performed on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning, at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, and for house concerts across the country.

I was a Tisch Fellow at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and will attend the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop starting in Fall 2021. I grew up in California, studied computer science and philosophy at Stanford University, organized the Viennese Ball in San Francisco, and built products at Dropbox before deciding to follow the music.

The most beautiful thing in the world to me is people who care deeply.

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret

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
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Actor-Musician

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Voice

Software

  • Dorico
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • Sibelius

Affiliations

  • MAESTRA

Pronouns

  • She/Her