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For the past twenty years Eric has been one of the busiest freelance composers in Los Angeles. He has composed, orchestrated and conducted the music for over 300 episodes of animated series produced by Disney and Warner Bros. His work has been featured in over two dozen motion pictures, almost thirty commercials and six theme park shows. His concert repertoire includes numerous compositions for concert band, a ballet, one symphony for orchestra, two works for choir, 32 solo piano pieces,16 songs for children's choir and several works for chamber ensembles. For the past 6 years Eric has taught composition and conducting for the film scoring program at USC. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Recording Musicians Association and the American Federation of Musicians. You can visit his website to sample his work and purchase recordings, piano music and concert band literature.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 14-19 I ran up to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and did a series of
presentations to their music classes. I gave a master class to the conducting
students, focusing on how a scoring session is handled and what makes it
different from conducting a live concert. I gave a lecture to the music
appreciation class, discussing film and television music. I coached the
saxophone quartet in a rehearsal and had several very nice meals with
the music faculty members.

The majority of my time was spent rehearsing the All-State Music Festival
Wind Orchestra. 75 of California's finest high school musicians were
selected for this wonderful group. After chair auditions Friday afternoon
we had a 2 hour evening rehearsal. Saturday we spent 6 hours rehearsing
and then spent the evening attending the Cal Poly concert where I guest
conducted the world premier of a "Cobalt Fire". A piece dedicated to
Director of Bands, at Cal Poly, Bill Johnson, celebrating his 43 years as
a university educator. Sunday morning we rehearsed for another 3 hours
and then had a joyous luncheon with all the kids. The Sunday afternoon
concert was a musical treat. The students performed very difficult music,
very beautifully, both emotionally and technically. I composed a piece for
them "Chaos Theory" that was warmly received by the audience. I had two
of my 'young' USC Film Scoring students compose new works for the ensemble.
The remainder of the program included several movements from my band
literature catalog "Resonant Reflections, Chorals for Band" and
"Pictures At An Animation Exhibition". The concert, and really the entire
week was a most enjoyable experience.


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