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Erin Guinup

Erin Guinup is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir. In their first three years, they have welcomed over 400 people from 45 countries and performed for over 21,000 people at events including WE Day, Race & Pedagogy National Conference, and the Families Belong Together Rally in collaboration with Grammy-winning recording artists and political leaders. They received standing ovations at TEDxSeattle and have been featured on PBS and network television sharing their unique combination of hope, integration, empowerment, advocacy, and entertainment. Erin’s internationally performed one-woman show, "The Ladies of Lyric and Song: Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre" has been praised as “an amazing tour-de-force,” and she frequently performs as a guest soloist with ensembles including Northwest Repertory Singers and Tacoma Concert Band. Specializing in both classical and contemporary technique, she is a sought after clinician and voice teacher with students on Broadway, regional theatre and operatic stages, and television’s American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent. Other career highlights include conducting the world premiere of Orson Scott Card and Mark Mitchell’s "He is There" and annual performances of Rob Gardner’s "Lamb of God" and Handel’s "Messiah"; singing with Israeli-Palestinian choir Common Ground Voices in Jerusalem and Europe; and vocal workshops with Fortune 100 companies. She is a composer and author, contributing to the books "So You Want to Sing Music by Women" and "My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement."