Ericka Tyner Grodrian
Associate Professor of Music
Ericka Tyner Grodrian is Associate Professor of Music at Valparaiso University. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, her DM final project focused on the use of opera excerpts in American horn pedagogy. Her opera excerpt website Beyond the Short Call, an outgrowth of that research, can be viewed at www.hornoperaproject.org. Dr. Grodrian won her division of the 2010 Susan Slaughter Solo Brass Competition in Toronto, Ontario. An advocate of new music, recent performances have featured premieres of several new chamber and solo works for horn, and her studio album Landscapes: New American Music for Horn will be released in 2020.
Dr. Grodrian enjoys sharing her love of opera and interest in Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) reduction techniques with students across the country, and has presented masterclasses on these topics at universities in the Carolinas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. Before joining the faculty at Valparaiso, she previously served as Lecturer in Horn and Music Theory at Converse College, and Associate Instructor of Horn at Indiana University. Away from teaching and music, she enjoys gardening, knitting, and watching football with her husband, John and their giant standard poodle, Dexter.