Erin Hannigan is the principal oboe of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was previously a member of the Rochester Philharmonic. She has been guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. She spends the summer months performing and teaching at summer festivals, including the Strings Festival, Mainly Mozart, National Youth Orchestra (NYO), the Grand Teton Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, the Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival (Switzerland).
Hannigan has recorded three CDs on the Crystal Records label, and she recorded Jeremy Gill’s Serenada Concertante, a piece she commissioned and premiered with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Hannigan is currently an adjunct associate professor of oboe at Southern Methodist University and a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell. She received her master’s degree, the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Richard Killmer.
Hannigan is also the co-founder of the non-profit Artists for Animals. Applying the arts to community outreach earned her the "Ford Award for Excellence in Community Service," which is given to five musicians nationally through the League of American Orchestras and the Ford Motor Company.