Eric Choate, Assistant Conductor



Eric Choate, BCCO assistant conductor

The work of composer Eric Choate has been lauded by as "music to grab the listener's attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline." He has several awards to his name, including first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Art Song Composition Competition for his setting of "My Papa's Waltz," as well as first prize in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Composition Competition for his anthem "Now Cheer Our Hearts." He has received commissions from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, One Great City Duo, One Found Sound, and others. Eric frequently works in collaboration with the Guerrilla Composer's Guild, which has resulted in numerous collaborations, including one with the International Low Brass Trio.

Eric's musical engagements reach beyond composition to the piano and baton. Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for leading with a "nice, light hand," Eric has enjoyed conducting numerous Bay Area ensembles. In addition to his work as assistant conductor for BCCO, he acts as director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Eric also currently serves as director of music at Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo, where he conducts the choir, plays the organ, and composes liturgical music.

Graduating with departmental distinction, Eric earned his bachelor of arts degree in composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt. He was awarded a fellowship to study harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, from which he graduated with honorable mentions in harmony and solfège. He then went on to earn a master of music degree with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.