2015 Heifetz Institute alumna Erica Gailing began her studies on the violin, at the age of five, at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York. At 13, she continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College under Maria Radicheva. Having received a Macaulay Honors Scholarship, Erica attended the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College studying under Professor Daniel Phillips of the renowned Orion Quartet, where she completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. While at Queens College, Erica studied abroad in Perugia, Italy at the Conservitorio di Umbria, where she performed in both classical and jazz settings. Erica has furthered her studies in many places around the world, having attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Boston, Domaine Forget in Canada, the International Music Festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Just two summers ago, Erica she began playing the viola and loved it so much she decided to make it her career. Erica currently attends The Juilliard School, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Viola Performance under Toby Appel.