Eric Lenz, DMA, is Professor of Cello and School of Music Director at SIU Carbondale.
Appointed to the faculty in 2003, Lenz has taught courses in a variety of areas, including applied cello, chamber music, Civic Orchestra, music theory, aural skills, analysis, and counterpoint. He is a tenured member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and plays regularly with orchestras in Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky. Lenz has also performed with the Alabama Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Other appointments have included Spoleto Festival USA and Brevard Music Center, where he was orchestral fellow.
As teaching artist, Lenz has served on faculty at Lutheran Summer Music, Illinois Chamber Music Festival, Cello Day at Millikin University, String Workshop at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, and Festival Suoni D’Abruzzo (Italy). Around the world, Lenz has performed in venues such as the Banff Centre, the Chinese Central Conservatory in Beijing, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Lenz double majored in music and mathematics at St. Olaf College, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction for his work in both fields, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He holds graduate degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Stephen Geber, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the University of Alabama, where he was awarded the Moody String Fellowship. Lenz also studied in France at the Conservatoire National d’Angers and in the Czech Republic at the Institut franco-tchèque. Lenz loves all forms of chamber music. His coaches have included the Emmerson, Guarnari, Cleveland, Cavani, and Juilliard quartets.
Lenz has premiered dozens of new compositions through his work with Neoteric and Outside the Box Festival of New Music. His playing can be heard on recordings such as Neoteric Plays Hoffer and Crossings released on Albany Records. Lenz is board member and frequent performer with the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society, an exciting local organization which sponsors visiting artists and offers scholarships to SIUC students who play string instruments.