Erin C. Pitts is a passionate and dedicated violist whose goal is to promote the arts through solo and chamber music performance and teaching. A rising junior at the Juilliard School, Pitts is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. She has participated in summer music festivals for the past nine years, most recently for two summers at the Music Academy of the West, where she studied with the Takács Quartet in the prestigious String Quartet Seminar. She has received many awards in competitions that include the Atlanta Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, Samuel Fordis Competition, Johansen International Strings Competition, and American Viola Society Competition. She served as a Principal Violist in the National Youth Orchestra. Erin Pitts was featured on NPR’s From the Top in 2015 and 2017 and has performed in prestigious venues throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Granada Theatre, Walt Disney Hall, and many others. Pitts is pursuing a degree in viola performance under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. She previously studied with Marilyn Seelman and Manuel Díaz. She has performed in master classes with Cynthia Phelps, Donald McInnes, Richard O’Neill, Jennifer Stumm, and Roberto Díaz, among others.