Musician 1st Class Erika Loke
Musician 1st Class Erika Loke grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland.
Loke has performed extensively throughout the greater DC area with groups such as the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Alexandria Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, and other professional ensembles. She has served on the faculty at the Holton Arms School and has taught privately with an emphasis on using technology to accelerate musical development. As a proponent of new music, she enjoys performing works by living American composers and commissioned two works for the Wagner tuba in 2016.
Prior to moving to the east coast, Loke played second horn with the Wichita Symphony and was a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. As an undergraduate, she played third horn with the YMF Debut Orchestra and actively participated in the USC Thornton Music Outreach Program. During her undergraduate and masters programs, Loke participated in many summer music festivals including Aspen, Sarasota, Banff, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, and CCM Spoleto.
In 2016, Loke auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, she reported to Annapolis in 2017 for duty as hornist with the marching band, brass ensemble, brass quintet, and ceremonial units.