The work of composer, Eric Choate, has been lauded by Examiner.com as "music to grab the listener's attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline." He has several awards to his name, including First Prize in the SFCM Art Song Composition Competition for his setting of "My Papa's Waltz," as well as First Prize in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Composition Competition for his anthem, "Now Cheer Our Hearts." He has received commissions from Brian Thorsett, One Great City Duo, One Found Sound, and others, and frequently works in collaboration with the Guerrilla Composer's Guild, resulting in collaborations with the Areon Flutes and International Low Brass Trio.conductor
In addition to composing, Eric is a highly sought-after conductor for Bay Area choral and instrumental ensembles. In the summer of 2016 Eric was Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, preparing the chorus for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony. He is Assistant Director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which recently involved a collaboration with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra for performances of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms. Additionally, Eric is Assistant Conductor for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. Recently, he conducted a performance of Verdi's Requiem in Ypres, Belgium with the Berkeley Community Chorus in collaboration with the West-Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Eric also currently serves as Interim Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco, where he directs the Parish Choir and the Youth Choir, plays organ, oversees the long-established Candlelight Concert Series, and composes liturgical music.organist/pianist
A highly confident organist and thoroughly trained pianist, Eric frequently works collaboratively with other performers for recitals and auditions, provides vocal coaching, and prepares weekly musical offerings in liturgical contexts.
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 Solfege. He then went on to earn a Master of Music with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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