Eric is in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, having prepared choruses for the San Francisco Symphony and the Berkeley Symphony. In 2019, Eric was appointed 10th Artistic Director of the GRAMMY Award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus. He is Assistant Director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM, and previously, Assistant Conductor of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. An accomplished organ recitalist, Eric currently serves as Professor of Organ Music at SFCM and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
As an award-winning composer, Eric’s music “commands a highly inventive approach to the interleaving of polyphonic voices” (Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio), and his compositions have been lauded as “music to grab the listener’s attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline” (Examiner.com).
He is frequently commissioned, and his music has been performed by renowned artists including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Brian Thorsett, Emil Miland, John Churchwell, Friction Quartet, Areon Flutes, One Found Sound, and others. Eric’s music is published by E.C. Schirmer and Augsburg Fortress.
Graduating with Departmental Distinction, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt. He was awarded a fellowship to study harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France; from this, he graduated with Honorable Mentions in Harmony and Solfège. He then went on to earn a Master of Music with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.