When it comes to composer’s, there are a few greats that every musician and vocalist should know. This week, we are turning the spotlight on Eric Whitacre. Eric Whitacre is a very well respected composer, conductor, and speaker. Many, especially the choral world, are recognizing Eric’s name. He has composed many choral, wind ensemble, and orchestral pieces.
Eric has a wide range of composition pieces that have gained wild popularity and fame around the world. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/universal, Light and Gold won a Grammy in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the number one classical album in the US and UK charts within one week of being released! Today, many of his most famed works have been incorporated into many choral and symphonic repertories.
Eric was born and raised in Nevada. He began his music journey when he joined marching band in junior high. His passion for music only grew when he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Eric intended to get his Bachelors in Music Education. Eric’s first Composition, “Go Lovely Rose” , was an instant sensation. He composed the piece for his college choral director as a gift. Throughout his studies he branched out and studied with John Corigliano and David Diamond at Julliard School in New York. Eric graduated in 1997 with his Masters of Music.
Eric is also a renowned speaker. He was recently asked to speak at the UN Leaders Programme for major corporations such as UNISEF and Google amongst others, regarding current issues in our world today. Eric’s gifts and talents have impacted many people.
Eric Whitacre’s pieces are very innovative for this day in age. It’s very easy to relate to his pieces according to many. Eric’s music is extremely intricate and challenging but beautiful. His efforts towards world issues are inspiring. He is a role model for many.