Dr. Erika Svanoe is a conductor, composer, and educator in the greater Twin Cities area. She has served as a conductor and band director at Bemidji State University, the University of New Hampshire, Ohio State University, and Mukwonago (WI) High School. She was also recently a teaching artist for Arts Integration Menomonie, integrating music into Menomonie’s elementary school curriculum. Dr. Svanoe earned a D.M.A. from the Ohio State University, a M.M. from Oklahoma State University, and a B.M.E. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is an active freelance composer and won The National Band Association Young Band Composition Contest in 2014 with her composition “The Haunted Carousel.” She currently lives in Menomonie, WI with her husband, designer and graphic novelist Erik Evensen.