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Eric Starr, DMA

Adjunct Faculty
Instructor, Trombone

Eric Starr leads a diverse career as a performer and educator based in San Diego, CA. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California with additional studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival.  Eric’s major teacher were Steve Witser, Rick Stout, Michael Powell and Terry Cravens.  Dr. Starr is currently on the faculty of San Diego State University and the University of San Diego and is the principal trombonist of City Music Cleveland.  As an orchestral musician, Eric frequently performs with the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, and Orchestra Nova San Diego and has performed with the Canton (OH) Symphony, Youngstown Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico.


Eric’s chamber music and solo engagements have included appearances at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Southwest Minnesota State University, the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, Mesa College (San Diego), the Cornelia St Café in New York City, the Peabody Institute and in San Diego with the Westwind Brass and with the San Diego Symphony Brass Quintet.  A strong advocate for contemporary music, Eric has performed with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Palimpsest, TACTUS, and as a soloist with the CIM New Music Ensemble and the Stony Brook Premiers! concert series. Performances such as these have resulted in collaborations with composers John Adams, Christopher Adler, David Lang, Caleb Burhans, Margaret Brouwer, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Chou Wen-Chung, and many others who are graciously willing to compose for the trombone.