Bard Faculty

Erika Switzer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Primary Academic Program: Music

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Conservatory of Music: Vocal Arts


B.M., M.M. (solo piano), University of British Columbia; master of song interpretation, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany; D.M. (collaborative piano), The Juilliard School. Prizes and awards include best pianist, Robert Schumann International Competition (Vocal), Zwickau, Germany; second prize, International Art Song Competition, Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, Stuttgart; best pianist, Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, London; Début Young Artists Competition, Vancouver; and CBC Spotlight Competition, Vancouver. She has performed at the Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series in New York, MusicFest Vancouver, Spoleto Festival, and at concert series throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. She has been recorded by the CBC and Dutch Radio (Radio 4), and in Germany for SWR and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. She recently broadcast live on WQXR in New York, in concert with Colin Balzer, and on WGBH in Boston with Tyler Duncan. Has taught master classes or been a visiting lecturer at University of Toronto; University of Manitoba; Rider University; and Vancouver International Song Institute, of which she is a founding member. She is also cocreator and coeditor in chief of Sparks and Wiry Cries ezine ( At Bard since 2010.


Phone: 845-752-5622
Location: Edith C. Blum Institute
Office: Blum 202