Ericka Tyner Grodrian
Assistant Professor of Music
Ericka Tyner Grodrian is assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University, where she teaches applied horn, chamber music, and musicianship. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Professor Grodrian focused her dissertation research on the role of opera excerpts in recent American horn pedagogy. She presented her findings, along with her new horn opera excerpt website, at the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference. While there, she also performed the international premiere of Etude No. 1 for Horn and Electronics by composer Carrie Leigh Page.
An active pedagogue, Professor Grodrian was previously professor of horn and music theory at Converse College and Associate Instructor of Horn at Indiana University. She also placed first in her division at the 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition in Toronto, Ontario. A past winner of the Southeast Horn Workshop Horn Quartet Competition, she enjoys chamber music collaborations and is a founding member of the Nuova Wind Quintet. Additional experiences include summers in residence at the Performing Arts Institute, a European chamber tour with the Converse Woodwind Quintet, a solo appearance with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and participation at the Brevard Music Festival. As an orchestral hornist, she has performed with multiple groups throughout Indiana and the Southeast.
Her primary teachers include Jeff Nelsen, Richard Seraphinoff, Richard Deane, and Skip Snead. Away from the horn, she enjoys cooking, working on her vintage 1900 house, and watching football with her husband, John.