Wind Symphony Conductor
Erika Batalla joins the Youth Orchestras of Prince William this season serving as the new conductor of the Wind Symphony. She has a degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She studied clarinet with Professor Garrick Zoeter and conducting with Dr. Emily Threinen and Dr. Damon Talley.
Erika Batalla served as a Band Director for three years in Fredericksburg area teaching grades 5-12th. As a director, she was active in her district by running VBODA events, assisting schools in their programs, and promoting music organizations in the area. Her goal as an educator is to provide her students with all the necessary tools and knowledge in music, to perform diverse repertoire, and to leave with a strong foundation and understanding of music through performance.
As a conductor, Erika Batalla has worked with distinguished conductors such as Mallory Thompson, Michael Haithcock, Steve Davis, Robert Reynolds, and Kevin Sedatole. This past summer she was selected to attend a week intensive conducting symposium at Temple University where she was chosen to conduct a chamber concert with Temple University's most talented players. Erika Batalla was also accepted to the United States Army Band Conductors Workshop where she had the opportunity to conduct The United States Army Band. She currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, an adult wind band in the Fredericksburg area. She is a strong believer in programming wind band classics, modern pieces, and revive works for the wind band medium.