Erin Guinup’s pursuit of creative, uplifting, and service-oriented work has been the driving force behind her varied musical vocation. She is a conductor, soprano, voice teacher, author, corporate voice specialist, and professional speaker. Erin is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more welcoming community through song. In their first two years, they welcomed over 350 people from 40 countries to a rehearsal and performed for over 21,000 people at events including TEDxSeattle, WE Day, Race & Pedagogy National Conference, and the Families Belong Together Rally in collaboration with political leaders and Grammy winners. She is a frequent soprano soloist with ensembles such as Tacoma Concert Band and Northwest Repertory Singers, and her 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.” 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; witnessing her voice students achieve success on Broadway, regional theatre and operatic stages, and television’s American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent; singing with Israeli-Palestinian choir Common Ground Voices in Jerusalem and Europe; and working with Fortune 100 companies and medical staff on improving verbal communication. She is a contributing author for two books being released in 2019: So You Want to Sing Music by Women and My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement.