Erin Busch


Third Year Graduate Student in Composition


103 Lerner Center

I am a composer and cellist residing in Philadelphia. I previously studied at Temple University, where I received my B.M. and M.M. in music composition and cello performance before staying on as a music studies adjunct for three years. I am confident that my time at Penn will bring me a clearer sense of my voice as a composer, and will help me to become a more reliable and prolific writer. My music is inspired by jazz and folk, and I enjoy writing pieces that intersect with both of these styles, while still remaining in the “classical” genre.


I am passionate about music education, especially for young women, and recently founded the Young Women Composers Camp. The YWCC is a two-week program for girls ages 14–19 at Temple University, and offers a variety of courses in topics related to composition such as music theory, improvisation, electronic music, and writing for specific instrument families. The camp ran for the first time in July 2018, and featured guest artists Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Caroline Shaw, ATLYS, and Sō Percussion. For more information on the camp, please visit