Apr 14, 2017
Episode 48: Audiate! A Conversation with Dr. Eric Swisher
Before his appointment to Murray State University in 2003, Dr.
Eric Swisher worked as freelance musician in Oklahoma, Indiana,
California, and Texas performing with: the Dallas Wind Symphony,
the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the
Irving Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Paducah Symphony
(KY) and the Jackson Symphony (TN).
He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the
University of Oklahoma, a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance
from Indiana University and a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from
the University of North Texas. His primary trumpet instructors were
Dr. Jacob Larson, Louis Ranger, Edmund Cord and Keith
As a soloist, he performed the Suite in D-Major by
G.F. Handel with the Timberline Symphony Orchestra (CO),
Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat with the San Jose
Wind Symphony and the Concerto for Trumpet in A-flat by
Alexander Arutiunian at the International Trumpet Seminar (Truro,
UK). Additionally, he as performed solo recitals and
masterclasses throughout the United States.
He has many publications to his credit: a trumpet
method, Basic Skills for Developing
Trumpeters, several arrangements for trumpet
ensemble and brass ensemble, and many articles in
the Bluegrass Music News,Tempo!, the National
Association of Wind and
Percussion Instructors Journal and
the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
His former students have continued their trumpet studies at
some of this country's finest music programs: Indiana University,
the University of North Texas, the Aspen Music Festival, the San
Francisco Conservatory, and Yale University. Others have entered
the field of music education, working in highly successful
programs. Under his direction, the Murray State Trumpet Ensemble
performed at the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference and
placed 6th at the 2007 National Trumpet Competition.