Erica Skowron is equally at home playing the oboe (as she does as principal oboist of the Prince George Symphony) or singing.
Erica began her musical studies with piano lessons at the age of 8. In high school, she took up the oboe in school band and at the recommendation of her teacher began private lessons. She also sang in several choirs and sang in the annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions put on by her high school.
After Secondary School, she spent a year in in La Varenne a suburb of Paris where she studied oboe and sang in the choir at the Conservatoire de Saint Maur des Fosses.
Erica completed an Honours Bachelor of Music Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo studying oboe with James Mason (Principal oboe with the K-W Symphony) and voice with Patricia Pascoe (a student of Victor Martens).
While studying at Laurier Erica played oboe and English Horn with the K-W Youth orchestra and was the featured soloist on one occasion, sung with the Ontario Youth Choir and did some freelancing. The year after graduation she was accepted into the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto studying oboe with Dick Dorsey (principal oboe of the Toronto Symphony). While in Toronto, she worked as a freelance oboist. The summer before moving to Prince George to accept the position of principal oboe she played with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Erica has been playing principal oboe with the Prince George Symphony for over 20 years. During that time she has been teaching private lessons, has toured much of Northern BC and almost very community in the Yukon including Old Crow performing as an oboist and a singer, has worked at the Child Development Centre as their music teacher, and directs the St. Andrew‘s Church Choir.
She has been a soloist with the PGSO on many occasions as both a singer and an oboist.
Erica has continued to expand her knowledge of music through the years by having private lessons with oboists Roger Cole and Beth Orson of the Vancouver Symphony. She Continues her vocal studies with Lynda Mieske, professor of voice at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has also attended master classes with Ray Still (former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony), John Mack (former oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra), Neil Black (oboe soloist), Richard Kilmer (professor of oboe Eastman School of music), Peter Bowman (principal oboe St. Louis Symphony), Sally Blume (oboist), Richard Miller( former tenor with the Metropolitan Opera).
She has participated in the summer wind Masterclasses and the International Voice Masterclass with actor Richard Armstrong at the Banff Centre for fine Arts, the Sarasota Summer Festival of Music master classes, the John Mack oboe camp and the Richard Miller summer voice workshop.