Eric Dudley enjoys a multi-faceted musical career as a conductor, vocalist, pianist and composer, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and performing throughout the country and the world. He has recently been named as the next Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, a position he begins in 2018, and will continue his role as Music Director of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra in the 2017-2018 season. He previously served as an assistant conductor for both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi and the Princeton Symphony under Rossen Milanov, and held the post of Principal Conductor for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music in Australia and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra in New Jersey. Among his latest guest conducting engagements are the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, International Contemporary Ensemble at the Ojai Festival, Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Signal and TENET in New York City, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. He served for four years on the conducting faculty of Mannes College at The New School for Performing Arts in New York, where he directed the Mannes Prep Philharmonic and The New School Chorus.
Eric has been a member of Roomful of Teeth since its founding in 2009, performing on recordings, on tours, and composing a number of works for the group. For eight years, Eric also sang in the acclaimed Choir of Trinity Wall Street in New York, where in addition to his ensemble and solo work, he prepared the choir for performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, performed as a pianist and harpsichordist with Trinity’s contemporary ensemble, Novus NY, and served as assistant and guest conductor for a number of the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra's concert offerings. His career as a choral artist and tenor soloist includes repeat engagements with Ensemble Signal, Ekmeles, Seraphic Fire, Musica Sacra, New York Virtuoso Singers, Early Music/New York, Bard Summerscape Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician and pianist, he has worked with instrumentalists from the Cincinnati and Albany symphony orchestras, and his own works have been performed and recorded by Roomful of Teeth, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Quey Percussion, and through a residency grant from Meet the Composer and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Born in Canada and raised in Connecticut, Eric received his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2001, studying composition with Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Read Thomas and Christopher Rouse, voice with Robert McIver, and piano and continuo with Vincent Lenti and Paul O'Dette. He holds his Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in orchestral conducting from Yale University's School of Music, where his principal teacher was Lawrence Leighton Smith. At the Aspen Music Festival in 2003, he worked as an Academy Conductor with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern, and as a conducting fellow at the Brevard Music Center in 2000, he studied with Gunther Schuller and David Effron. He is the recipient of the Louis Lane Prize in Composition, given by the Eastman School of Music, and the 2004 Dean’s Prize from Yale.