Composer and Librettist Team

Erin Huelskamp, composer

Energetic, hardworking and enigmatic, Erin Huelskamp enthralls audiences as a flutist, stage and music director, and composer. Musically, her styles and preferences vary wildly; she will readily perform and promote popular and jazz tunes alongside classical and high-art favorites. Currently serving as Artistic Director of Opera Huntsville and Orchestra Director for Asbury Church in Alabama, Huelskamp regularly performs in the greater Huntsville area. Noted as “startling revelatory” and “electrifying,” she composes dramatic and comical music that often reflects a philosophical twist on her daily experiences. Recent compositions include Soul Travel for SATB chorus and commissioned by the Huntsville Master Chorale, Swing Low Sweet Chariot for flute and piano, Shall We Gather At The River for percussion ensemble, and continued work on her second opera The Ten-Block Walk. She holds an M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.M. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. (

Pic by Nile Hawver

Christie Lee Gibson, librettist

Christie Lee Gibson is a multidimensional performing artist, stage director, creator and producer in theater, opera, and everything in between. Performing credits include starring as Ethel Rosenberg in the American premiere of The Rosenbergs at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and originating the roles of Parasha in Laura Neill’s DIVAS (OperaHub) and Sister Ignatia in Sister Anonymous (Second Act Productions). She has worked extensively on collaboratively-developed performances, notably for OperaHub and FirstWorks Providence, and productions self-directed by small ensembles. Directing credits include Der Vampyr and La Hija de Rappaccini with OperaHub and The Good Person of Setzuan with Fort Point Theatre Channel. Her favorite pieces to work on are ones that move the audience to tears of sorrow or tears of laughter. The Ten-Block Walk is dedicated to her own grandmothers, both of whom she lived with for significant chunks of time as they entered old age. (