Violinist Erin Phelps Reidhead received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance with Academic Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Stephen Rose. During her time at CIM, Erin took long-term Suzuki teacher training with Kimberly Meier-Sims and is registered to teach all 10 books. Erin was on faculty at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at CIM from 2012-2022, and is now focusing on her home studio in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Her students have been accepted to many area youth orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra. Erin has had students go on to major in both music performance and music education.
An avid orchestral musician, Erin is a member of both the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She is a frequent performer throughout Northeast Ohio, having played at Playhouse Square, the Blossom Music Center, Severance Hall, and the Maltz Center, and with the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Candlelight Concerts series, and Earth and Air String Orchestra. She has performed with artists such as Johnny Mathis, The Who, Harry Connick Jr., and the Beach Boys.
Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Erin grew up as a Suzuki student, studying with Ronda Cole and Lisa-Beth Lambert. She currently resides in Pepper Pike with her husband, horn player Ben Reidhead, and their four children – a violinist, a bassist, a cellist, and one undecided toddler.