Eric Mahl — Assistant Conductor

Eric MahlEric Mahl is a musician who believes in the transformative powers of music above all else. His hope is to provide meaningful, enriching and educational musical experiences to as many communities as possible. Under the belief that the study music is essentially an exploration of the human condition, he believes that classical music is for all humans, and strives to bring meaningful music new and old, played to the highest possible level of artistry, to every kind of audience around the globe.

Mr. Mahls’ past positions include assistant conductor to the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra in New York City, the contemporary music ensemble Orchestre 21 in Montreal QC, conductor of the Fredonia Symphonia, cover conductor for the Orchard Park Symphony in Buffalo, NY, and assistant to all orchestral activities at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY. He has had guest conducting experiences with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Greenwich Village Orchestra and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, as well as the University Orchestras of College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Orchestra de l’Universite de Montreal, and SUNY Fredonia. He begins his tenure as Music Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra with their 2015–2016 season.

Mr. Mahl’s dedication to contemporary music can be seen in his many collaborations with professional and student composers including the world premieres of fully staged operas, experimental ballet, and countless small and large ensemble pieces of all genres. As part of his position with Orchestre 21, Mr. Mahl was selected to act as assistant for the world premiere of Debussy’s newly finished opera, Le Diable dans le Belfroi.

Mr. Mahl received his Bachelors of Music in Education from Ithaca College and continued his studies both at Universite de Montreal and the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has studied with some of the foremost conducting pedagogues in the United States including Harold Farberman, Neil Varon, Marc Gibson, Larry Rachleff, Don Schleicher, Jean-Francois Rivest, Paolo Bellomia, and Joeseph Gifford, and has participated in workshops and competitions in the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic and at the Eastman School of Music, College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and Bard College. He is primarily a trumpet player who strives to continue to learn and play as much as possible.