Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Erin Walker
Erin Walker, has a work ethic inspired by her lifelong passion: music.
“I think music just drives you,” Walker says. “It helps you remember moments or brings about certain emotions. It’s hard not to love it.”
Combining her love for the arts and career, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native is known for her three-year role as the development director for Strings on the Mountain. “When you’re passionate about something, you put 100 percent into it,” says Walker. “From that, comes a strong work ethic.”
When she was 8 years old, Walker started playing the harp. A few years later, she was competing nationally and eventually received a full ride scholarship to Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. After graduating, Walker worked for the chamber of commerce in Cincinnati and Denver, founding the latter’s Young Professionals Group and joining its Impact Denver leadership class.
Here in Steamboat, she’s still involved with the Young Professionals Network as a board member, and serves on the Yampa Valley Gives fundraising committee and other local organizations.
“The biggest thing is that I love people,” says Walker. “You have to be excited about the product when it comes to fundraising, so with my love of music it’s easy to tell our Strings story. I enjoy being out in the community telling people what we’re doing. I think people sense and feel that enthusiasm.”
“It’s my dream position,” she adds of her role at Strings. “Ever since my first internship at the Colorado Symphony in 2000 I’ve wanted to work for an arts organization. I just didn’t know when it was going to happen.”
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Steamboat Free Summer Concerts announced Friday that it will return live music to the Yampa Valley this summer in the form of two concerts scheduled for August and September.