Donald Erb was Distinguished Professor of Composition, Emeritus, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He receved his B.S.from Kent State University, his M.M.from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and his D.M.from Indiana University.
One of the most performed American-born composers, he has been featured conductor, composer, and lecturer at over 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States. Erb's compositions have been presented by the symphony orchestras of Boston, Dallas, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Atlanta, Seattle, Spokane, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Cincinnati, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York; New World Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), as well as many orchestras abroad.
He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Kulas, Koussevitsky, Fromm, Aaron Copland and Ford Foundations. Erb served as Composer-in-Residence with the Dallas and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, and recently completed a quarter as resident composer at the American Academy in Rome and a term as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
His works are recorded on Columbia, Nonesuch, CRI, New World, Albany and Vox Turnabout labels. Faculty appointments have included Southern Methodist University and Indiana University.
He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1952; reappointed as Composer-in-Residence, 1966; Distinguished Visiting Artist, 1986; Distinguished Professor of Composition, 1987.