Eric Stomberg, D.M.A.
Eric Stomberg enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as a performer, artist-teacher, and artistic administrator. Stomberg maintains an active schedule with positions as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Director of Music for Summer Programs at Interlochen Arts Camp, Instructor of Bassoon at Interlochen Arts Academy, and as Past President of the International Double Reed Society.
He has held orchestral positions over the past 15 years as a member of City Music Cleveland, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Stomberg also served as Visiting Professor of Bassoon at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has held guest residencies and given master classes at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Glenn Gould School (Toronto), Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, among many others.
His festival participation includes the Asian Double Reed Association, Colombian Bassoon Festival, University of Costa Rica Double Reed Festival, Spanish Double Reed Association, and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Stomberg is featured on numerous recordings including Jennifer Higdon’s Dark Wood (Naxos), which was met with critical acclaim by Fanfare Magazine: “the disc’s highlight is bassoonist Eric Stomberg’s remarkably characterful traversal of Higdon’s Dark Wood – witty, volatile and arresting.”
As an advocate for using music to affect social change, Stomberg has been deeply involved as an artist-faculty member of the Filarmónica Joven De Colombia. This social program brings together talented young Colombian musicians in weeklong residencies throughout the year. After their years-long training, the students become engaged music educators for the next generation of Colombian musicians. At the University of Kansas, Stomberg created an outreach and engagement program in collaboration with the Lied Center of Kansas which allows chamber music ensembles to engage with the Lawrence community while honing their skills as future artists, educators, and leaders.
Stomberg received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas. His major teachers include William Winstead, Alan Hawkins, and Gregg Randall.
I am most interested in teaching students to teach themselves. I encourage each student to find their own individual tone on the instrument, not simply to imitate mine. Student preparation requires not only many hours of individual practice and reed making, but it also requires numerous hours of listening to solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, and theoretical analysis of lesson assignments. Although each student learns at their own pace, I maintain a specific standard of technical studies, scales, and arpeggios that should be achieved by students at each level.
B.M. - University of Kansas
M.M. and D.M.A. - Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music