Eric Giles is the current chamber music Teaching Assistant at the University of North Texas. He can be seen performing with numerous ensembles including the Saint Joseph Symphony, Northland Symphony, Shades Wind Quintet and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. Giles has performed across the United States and has been a featured recitalist in Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and at numerous festivals. As a chamber musician, Giles was recently awarded first prize in the Art of Chamber Music competition with the Shades Wind Quintet. Eric also was selected to present and perform at the 2020 International Double Reed Society Conference in Iowa City, Iowa. Giles is a proponent of new music and has premiered numerous works by Dylan Findley, James Ogburn, and Zachary McDonald.
As an educator, Giles has maintained and grown vibrant studios in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. His students have gone on to be featured in Alabama All-State Band, Georgia All-District Band, Missouri All-District Band, Texas Regional Honor Band, as well as the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Giles has also given masterclasses at many universities such as University of Idaho, Wichita State University and Columbus State University. Giles has also been on the teaching staff at numerous summer music programs such as the Performing Arts Institute and the Schwob Summer Music Festival. Giles is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. Prior to UNT, Giles received his Master of Music Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University. Giles’ primary instructors include James Ryon, Susan Tomkiewicz, Celeste Johnson, Erica Cice and Emily Brebach.