Erik is a dedicated teacher and multi-instrumentalist from Syracuse. New York and is an avid teacher of piano, guitar, voice, brass, and many other instruments. He began playing and teaching himself guitar at the age of 9 and began music lessons for the French horn in school shortly after. Erik fell deeper in love with the craft and soon realized he wanted to dedicate his life to being a music teacher and learning to play as many instruments as possible. He joined his school’s marching band in eighth grade and learned to play the mellophone and trumpet. He played guitar and sang in different rock bands in high school, learning to record music and the basics of music production. Erik went onto study music with his primary study in French horn at Onondaga Community College under the guidance of Julie Bridge, and Music Education at SUNY Fredonia with Dr. Marc Guy.
While in high school, Erik participated in NYSSMA competitions, earning spots as the principal horn in the All-County band several years in a row. He has since participated in a spectrum of ensembles over the past decade including horn quartets, brass quintets, chamber orchestras, percussion ensembles, choirs, musical pits, and rock bands. He has taught private lessons and worked as the brass instructor for the marching band he once played in. Erik also has a love for songwriting and composing in his spare time when he isn’t teaching or learning new pieces of music.
Erik has a real passion for teaching all students and hopes to foster that same creativity and love for music that his teachers growing up once did for him. In addition to all things music, he also enjoys film, television, theatre, cooking, gardening, and activism.