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A proud Prince Edward Islander, Eric Mathis returned to Maritime Canada after fourteen years as Associate Principal Trombone of the Honolulu Symphony. He began his career performing with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and the Northumberland Brass. He has been a member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet, the Millar Brass Ensemble and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed with a number of groups as a freelancer, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Eric now performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia and is co-founder of the new Halifax Brass Project. He has been an avid educator throughout his career and is a sessional lecturer at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He previously held a similar position at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Eric has always been fortunate to be able to surround himself with great musicians who make him sound good. He has performed under the direction of such noted conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach and Pierre Boulez. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Honolulu Symphony Pops, he particularly enjoyed his performances with Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Burt Bacharach and Toto. Eric received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. His primary private study was with Frank Crisafulli, Jay Friedman and Greg Irvine, although he cannot overstate the guidance and inspiration he received from Arnold Jacobs, Michael Mulcahy, Peter Sullivan, Murray Crewe and Greg Burton. For more information, go to

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