Eric Schultz is a music professor living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has spent most of his musical career as a composer, producer, music technologist, performer, engineer, and conductor. Eric currently teaches music production, music theory, composition and history of popular music at Chabot College.
Eric Schultz is a musician and educator whose diverse body of work frequently jumps between two opposing worlds: acoustic and electronic, mainstream and experimental, and academic and non-academic. Trained as a composer, Eric is a producer, saxophone player, technologist, recording engineer, occasional percussionist, and conductor.
Eric’s academic music has been performed by the San Jose State Wind Symphony, the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy Choir, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and acclaimed pianist Steven Spooner. Eric is one of the founding members of Crossing 32nd Street, in which he has served as technologist, saxophonist, percussionist, and conductor. For a brief but memorable stretch, Eric was the baritone saxophonist in the Ray Price Country Stampede Orchestra in Branson, Missouri.
Eric’s debut electro-acoustic solo album Estuary was released in 2018 under the pseudonym Schltz. Estuary is a confluence of all of Eric’s musical influences, often reflecting the tension between the opposing musical worlds that he has inhabited. Eric composed, produced, performed, recorded, and mixed Estuary.
Eric has recorded and produced a number of recordings in a variety of settings, including working with neo-soul artist Casey Hurt on the album Half as Much as Love, low brass luminaries Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan on The Brass Gym, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams on the Alaskan field recording of Strange and Sacred Noise. Eric also briefly served as technologist, foley artist and ordained minister for the Albuquerque rock band Skümbaag. During one performance, Eric legally married a man in a beaver costume to a member of the audience. In another he played an amplified bowl of yogurt.
A professor at Chabot College in Hayward, California, Eric serves as the director of music technology where he has overseen the development of a robust music industry and technology program. At Chabot, Eric teaches music technology, music theory, composition and history of rock and popular music. Eric received his doctorate in composition from Arizona State University, where he studied primarily with Glenn Hackbarth. Eric lives in the East Bay with his wife, two daughters, and their underachieving dog.