A singer, pianist, and organist, Erin McAdams moved to San Antonio in 2015 after serving four years as an officer in the Navy, where she was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, and San Diego, California. Erin began her journey with Jewish music in the Temple Beth-El professional choir in 2016, and became Temple Beth-El’s accompanist in the fall of 2018.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and vocal performance from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s of Music in vocal performance from San Diego State University, and a Master’s of Music in organ performance from UTSA, where she was the recipient of the Bess Hieronymous organ scholarship under the tutelage of Robert Brewer. She is an adjunct professor of music at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches private voice, and she also serves on the board of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Erin has held positions at various churches as the organist/choir director, including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (San Antonio) and the University of the Incarnate Word chapel. Erin is an active performer as a soprano, and has sung as both a soloist and ensemble member with various groups including the San Diego Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, the Opera Academy of California, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Sonido Barroco San Antonio, the Alamo Baroque Festival, and Symphony Viva.
Erin and her husband James live in Dignowity Hill with their rescue dogs, Clara and Ruth. When she’s not making music, Erin can generally be found either with a book in hand, or playing in the dirt in her raised beds or her neighborhood’s community garden.