”And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.”—Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Eric is an artist and traveler who loves to teach as well as learn.
Artist: Eric has a professional resume with over 200 theatre productions as a director, actor, writer, music director, vocal coach and accompanist, and over 500 music concerts as a conductor, pianist, organist, percussionist and vocalist. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2003, he has worked with several Bay Area Theatre companies, including ACT, Berkeley Playhouse, Bureau of Jewish Education, C.D.T./Alchemy Works, Diablo Light Opera Company, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Magnet Productions, Pope Productions, Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco Arts Education Project, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, and the University of San Francisco.
Traveler: Eric’s passion for travel began as an infant in a move with his parents from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles, CA. Throughout his childhood and teen-age years annual trips to the Northwest US, Yosemite and southern California gave him more chances to experience a world outside his own. Following high school he had the opportunity to live and work in southern Germany for twenty-two months, which had a profound effect on his view of both the US and Europe. Since his return to America, Eric has explored most of the United States west of the Mississippi River as well as parts of Asia (Cambodia, India, Japan and Vietnam), Canada, Central America (Costa Rica and Mexico), and Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and Sweden). His most recent journey (Utah and Nevada, summer 2012) gave him the opportunity to become better acquainted with the history and geography of the inter-mountain West, since his last visit in 2002, and incorporate new information about ethnic and religious minorities into his History &Social Justice and LGBTQ History courses for this coming year.
Learner: Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (conducting, piano, and voice) with a minor in German and additional hours acting, directing and writing for theatre from Eastern Oregon University. He pursued graduate studies in conducting and music history with Jay Evard Welch at the University of Utah. Then, while working as a piano accompanist at Eastern Oregon University, he completed a second Bachelor’s degree in European History and Theatre Arts. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage direction from the University of Iowa. He has studied conducting with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival and also pursued post-MFA courses in film and music history at the University of Oregon.
Teacher: Before coming to Maybeck High School in 2008, Eric taught at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, the University of Oregon, Umpqua Community College, Pacific University, the University of Iowa, Eastern Oregon University and the University of Utah. In addition to teaching classes and seminars at Maybeck, he has created Special Programs that explored: diversity in drama through reading, attending and critiquing ten different plays by ten different Bay Area theatre companies (2011); the early history of California through the Native American, Hispanic, Asian and European experiences up to the Gold Rush of 1849 (2010); and the meaning of a great city by going on-location to compare San Francisco and New York (2009).