Believing in music as a universal language, Erica Corbo approaches her playing from a strong melodic standpoint, while leaving room to experiment with dissonance and atonality.
Erica has been immersed in the joy of making music for her entire life. Beginning with the study of flute, voice, and dance in elementary school, she later found her true musical match, the piano, in her preteen years. Philadelphia jazz pianist and session musician Howie Gordon helped to foster Erica’s musical talent during her early years of playing.
While studying photography at Drexel University, Erica received a scholarship to perform in the Drexel Jazz Orchestra where she came under the tutelage of noted ethnomusicologist and jazz saxophonist George Starks. She began to strengthen and refine her solo and ensemble improvisational skills, as well as her approach to composing, while studying with Philadelphia pianist Farid Barron of Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Sun Ra Arkestra fame. At this time, Erica also began her love affair with the study and practice of free improvisation - a fascination that still continues to this day. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Erica polished and enhanced her skills and knowledge of classical music, technique, and ear training by receiving her teaching certification in the Suzuki Method for Piano.
Both alone and with bands, Erica has composed, recorded, and performed original music all around the East Coast. In the realm of musical theater, she has experience dancing, singing, and acting, as well as with music directing and writing. Erica teaches individual lessons in piano, flute, and improvisation, as well as group classes in free improvisation, including music for preschoolers. Extensive knowledge of the Alexander Technique empowers her playing with a physical balance and grace, and enables her to effectively aid students in the postural and physical elements of performing.