Eric Shuster is a Lecturer of Music Appreciation and Creativity and Electronic/Acoustic Music. Eric holds his M.M. from Louisiana State University and B.A. from Kutztown University, both in Percussion Performance, and has attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Workshop. His principal instructors include Brett Dietz, Frank Kumor, and Will Rapp, with additional study under Jim Atwood, timpanist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his work at Salisbury University, Eric is the percussion instructor for the Stephen Decatur High School Band and Percussion Ensemble (Berlin, MD) and maintains a private studio. Since 2008, Eric has partnered with the Reading Musical Foundation to direct summer music outreach programs to underserved areas of Reading, PA.
An avid new-music practitioner and thinker, Eric has collaborated with visual artists for installations and multi-media exhibitions, held premiere performances of both solo and chamber music, and been published in Percussive Notes (The Journal of the Percussive Arts Society). He has performed internationally (San Juan, Paris, Bangkok, Patagonia), nationally (Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, Indianapolis), and locally for Salisbury faculty recitals, including New Music Salisbury. Eric is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. He blogs regularly about music athttp://ericshuster.wordpress.com.