Erin Elstner

Adjunct Professor of Percussion

Erin ElstnerErin Elstner, conductor, is an experienced percussion and drum set instructor who is currently the head of the Webster University percussion department. She teaches with both the Webster University Department of Music and the Community Music Schoool. Erin is the conductor of both the CMS Percussion Ensemble and the Webster University Percussion Ensemble. She received her B.M. in Percussion Performance at Mannes College of Music in New York (The New School 
University) and her Music Education certification from the University of Missouri-St.Louis where she graduated summa cum laude. She has taught at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School, the Third Street Music Settlement in Manhattan and Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Taichung School of Arts and Music in Taiwan, The Strike Institute and The Erin Elstner Percussion Studio. Erin is also an active adjudicator and clinician in both Missouri and Illinois and has toured Europe with the Missouri Ambassadors of Music.

As a freelance performer, Ms. Elstner’s numerous performance achievements include playing drums and percussion for the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Joffrey Ballet, Cabaret at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Company at the Edison Theater at Washington University, percussion with Peter Cetera of Chicago, the Grateful Dead reunion tour at the Fox Theater, “The True Heart” performance with Glen Velez, the VH-1 Fashion Awards with the group De La Guarda and the "Bright Lights, Broadway" Asian tour. She has been a member of the Brazilian groups The Sambistas and the Sambanditos, the new music ensemble Synchronia, the Swing of Hearts Jazz Orchestra, the Bach Society, and been the percussionist/drummer for blues, rock and pop bands, including vibraphonist for Champale and drummer for Hazmat Modine and RED.  Erin has performed live with artists such as David Garza and Pizzicato Five, and recorded/played on many records including those of Champale, Clem Snide and Kill Henry Sugar.