Eric Howe, baritone, moved to Grass Valley in July 2018. He was quickly hired as Music Director of Grass Valley United Methodist Church, and until COVID, was also a monthly soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Grass Valley. He is a frequent guest soloist, chorister, conductor, and piano and organ accompanist, and is also in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
With over 40 years of experience as a music teacher, he currently teaches private voice students online. For 22 years, he was the Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at Holy Names University (a subject he also taught for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory.) At Holy Names he taught vocal pedagogy courses, voice and organ lessons, Introduction to Music Pedagogy, conducting (and conducted the HNU Chamber Singers) and supervised graduate projects,
Eric served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as former Cal-Western regional governor. He also was president of the San Francisco Bay Area NATS chapter and chaired its annual Singing Festival. Previous faculty positions include San Francisco State University, Columbia College (Chicago), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and the University of Notre Dame, (South Bend, Indiana.) He holds a B Mus. from Westminster Choir College, and an M Mus. degree from Indiana University cum laude, where he almost completed a DMA in vocal performance.