"Kudos to Eric Schultz, who perfectly captures Woody Herman's jaunty clarinet part."
- Jamey Simmons, Director of Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University
Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, the title track of Jazz in Clear Water: Ebony, released in 2015.
Eric Schultz teaches woodwinds for the Harmony Program in New York City and serves on the music faculty at Iona College, where he teaches classes, lessons, and directs the Iona Wind Ensemble. He is an award-winning clarinetist, including the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto.
As an advocate for new music, he is also the founding clarinetist of the Victory Players contemporary chamber ensemble. Sponsored by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts and based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a historically Puerto Rican town, the group has commissioned and premiered the music of several living Puerto Rican composers. As a part of the chamber orchestra’s commitment to the outreach of contemporary music, the group performs this music for young people and does masterclasses in local schools.
Eric is also passionate about jazz and commercial music, and performed as Reed 1 in the pit orchestra for Nice Work If You Can Get It, the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical on National Tour. He has also toured around the country with groups such as the jazz vocal quintet Five by Design (based in Minneapolis) and the Frank Sinatra impersonator Steve Lippia (based in Las Vegas).
Eric completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers include world-renown clarinetists Alan Kay, Alexander Fiterstein, and Melissa Koprowski.
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