Eric Starr maintains a multi-faceted musical career as a faculty member at SDSU, Trombonist for Westwind Brass, Board member for San Diego New Music where he was previously Executive Director (2012–22), and Community Engagement Partner with Art of Elan. At SDSU, Eric serves as Studio Artist Teacher, Lecturer, Brass Coordinator, Internship Coordinator and Program Advisor for the Music, Entrepreneurship and Business degree where he directs the Brass Chamber Music program and co-directs the Experimental Music Ensemble. He was named “Most Influential Faculty” in 2018 and 2023.
Dubbed a “trombone champion” with “stunning style” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Starr is a passionate advocate for contemporary music who has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works for the trombone. He has been a featured soloist at venues such as Copley Symphony Hall, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego Museum of Art, and with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Eric has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Music Society, Renga, Palimpsest and has appeared at the Ojai Music Festival and soundON Festival among others. Eric earned a BM from the University of Southern California, an MM and AD from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a DMA from Stony Brook University with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center.