Highly regarded as an educator, clinician, soloist, new music specialist, and chamber and orchestral musician, flutist Dr. Erin Helgeson Torres has performed and taught throughout the United States and abroad in the United Kingdom, France, Austria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, China, and Canada. She is currently Visiting Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University where she teaches in the flute studio and various musicology courses. She is Artist Faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan and is the founder of the Mid-Ohio Flute Intensive, entering its sixth season.
Torres is honored to be in her second year as Principal Flutist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as Second Flutist/Piccoloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Flutist of the Worthington Chamber Orchestra and Queen City Opera, and Solo Flutist
with the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble), a contemporary music ensemble. She performs regularly in various area orchestras including the West Virginia, Louisville, Central Ohio, Springfield, and Westerville Symphonies and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she performs in the flute/saxophone duet Tower Duo with her husband, Dr. Michael Torres. Their debut album, CROSSWIND, under the Ravello label for Parma Recordings, was released in January 2019.
Active as a soloist, Torres most recently completed a performance tour through the Balkans as a solo artist on the Derek Han Tribute Concert Series, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. She performed as concerto soloist with the North Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra in Skopje, North Macedonia, and Pristina, Kosovo, and with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, Albania in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of U.S. - Albania diplomatic relations. Earlier in the summer of 2022, she performed as a guest soloist with the Lima Area Concert Band and is slated to visit China for the third time in the near future, this time with her ensemble, Tower Duo.
Torres conducted her dissertation research in Dijon, France and holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, The Ohio State University, and Stetson University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her saxophonist husband, Michael, and their rescue ex-racer greyhound, Arwen.