Visiting Assistant Professor of Conducting
Visiting Director of Orchestral Studies
Dr. Eric Garcia recently finished his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in community, education, pops, popular culture, seasonal, and subscription concerts. The 2010-2011 season included a critically acclaimed subscription debut for Garcia, stepping in for an ailing Reinhard Goebel. Garcia has worked with such distinguished artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Herbie Hancock, The Chieftains, The Assad Brothers, and Brandi Carlile. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship to attend the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
In Seattle, Garcia has guest conducted the Octava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Boychoir, Pacific Youth Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers, and Vocalpoint Seattle. Garcia previously served as Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Conducting at the University of Evansville, Music Director of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Music Director at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Garcia has also served as Assistant Conductor for the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a committed advocate of music education, Garcia has served as guest conductor and clinician for high school orchestras throughout the country.
While a student at Northwestern University, Garcia held several conducting positions and appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras in Chicago. Among these, he guest conducted the Northwest Festival Orchestra of Illinois, working with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
An avid conductor of contemporary music, Garcia has premiered numerous student compositions and worked directly with such esteemed composers as John Adams, George Crumb, Frank Ferko, David Lang, Lowell Liebermann, and Jay Alan Yim.
Garcia has attended the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where he worked with Marin Alsop; and the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he worked with Nicholas Kraemer, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin, and David Zinman. At Aspen, he collaborated with the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. His principal conducting teacher is Victor Yampolsky. Additional conducting teachers include Peter Bay, Dan Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff. Garcia received a Doctor of Music and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin.