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Erin Tomkins is a composer and pianist from Lawrence, Kansas. Erin has composed original scores for documentaries, short films, and animated film. Her concert works have been performed in New York and London, including premieres by the JACK Quartet and the Compo String Quartet. Through mentorships with BMI, ASCAP, and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, she has worked with Mark Suozzo, Rick Baitz, Sean Callery, and Chris Hajian.
Recent projects include Where’s the Fire? (2018), a short film drama by New York and Paris-based filmmaker Yonca Talu, and The Conductor (2017), a theatre and robotics production at Goldsmiths, University of London exploring the humanity of artificial intelligence by Cormac Joyce. She has also composed music and designed sound for The Pillowman (2010), Bedside (2011), 4.48 Psychosis (2011), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2010). The first Original Pronunciation production in the United States, her sound design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream received a Special Commendation from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2011.
In 2012, Erin won an honorable mention in the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Competition for her choral work Falling Snow, which was performed in Dearborn, Michigan in 2013. Her composition Images of Water was also awarded an honorable mention in the 2012 Buffalo Chamber Players International Composition Competition, and was performed in Buffalo, New York. Her music has also been performed at the Oklahoma State University Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as in Cortona, Italy, as part of the Cortona Sessions for New Music.
Erin also researches music and film, and has presented original research at the Music and the Moving Image conference in New York in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Erin holds an MA in Film Studies from King’s College London (2017), an MM in Scoring for Film and Multimedia from New York University (2015), and a BM in Piano Performance and Music Composition from the University of Kansas (2012).
"Where's The Fire" (2018), dir. Yonca Talu
Elmer Bernstein Award - New York University (2015)
Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Competition - Honorable Mention (2012)
Buffalo Chamber Players Composition Competition - Honorable Mention (2012)
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival - Special Commendation for Sound Design (2011)