MEET THE STAFF: Erin Flood, Enrollment and Student Services Manager

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Where did you grow up? I’m a Rhode Islander through and through! I grew up in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

What is your favorite song, artist, musical memory? My favorite musical memory is probably seeing James Taylor’s surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Newport Folk Festival is one of the best musical experiences around!

Favorite meal or restaurant? My favorite meal changes day to day, but I love dumplings and Indian food. India Restaurant on Hope Street is one of my favorites.

Coffee or Tea? Tea for sure. Green tea or chai tea lattes are my favorite

You’re stuck on a desert island…What book, music/album/artist and movie do you want with you? I would definitely want the Harry Potter series because I can re-read those books over and over. I would want The Tallest Man on Earth albums. For movie I would pick the Lord of the Rings extended editions, because it’s 12 + hours of content!

What’s your pet situation? I have two cats, Gwen is 5 years old and Nova is 1 year old.

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What’s your title and how would you describe your role? My title is Enrollment & Student Services Manager. I am the first point of contact for new students who are interested in private lessons at the Music School. I manage the enrollment team, place new students with teachers, facilitate re-enrollment for summer and fall, manage our registration software, among other things! One of our teachers fondly refers to me as her “Student Liaison”

How long have you been at the RI Phil? I have been working at the RI Phil for 5 years. I started out as a Branch Coordinator working at the front desk.

What brought you to the RI Phil? I graduated with a degree in music, so I wanted to continue to work in a musical field and support musical education.

What do you want people to know about the RI Phil? The RI Phil Music School isn’t just for serious classical musicians. We offer all different musical styles, from pop, to jazz, to rock to students of all ages and levels!

How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day? When I’m not working, I’ve been doing a lot of baking. I just received a sourdough starter from a friend so will hopefully have perfected sourdough bread by the time the Music School re-opens.

Any words of wisdom to help others through this? Stay connected. Social distancing can feel isolating, so make sure to connect with friends and family through calls and video chats or from a safe distance. Do things that make you happy. Try not to feel guilty if you’re eating tons of bread, like I am! This is a hard time for everyone so anything that brings you comfort should be celebrated!

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