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Dr. Eric Stomberg

Associate Dean for Performance Activities
Associate Professor of Bassoon
Murphy Hall, Rm. 224

Eric Stomberg enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. He plays with "elegance and refinement" while displaying "impeccable tone and technique" (American Record Guide, 2009). He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after bassoonists in the country with numerous invitations to present recitals and masterclasses at conservatories and schools of music across the country. His students have gone on to study at the most prestigious music schools in the country, while former students also hold orchestral and academic positions in the United States and abroad.

Stomberg maintains an active teaching and performing schedule with positions as Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Instructor of Bassoon at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and as a member of the chamber orchestra, City Music Cleveland. Prior to this appointment, he spent ten years as a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

During the spring semester of 2010, Stomberg served as Visiting Professor of Bassoon at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has also held guest residencies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, and Michigan State University. During the summer, Stomberg teaches at the world-renowned, Interlochen Arts Camp, where he also serves as Associate Director of Music. Stomberg is also active in professional societies serving as secretary for the International Double Reed Society and as President of the Midwest Double Reed Society.

Stomberg released his first CD in 2008, Victor Bruns: Music for Bassoon. Eric Stomberg and Friends, on the Azica label. Pianist Robert Koenig and fellow bassoonists George Sakakeeny (Oberlin Conservatory), Jonathan Sherwin (Cleveland Orchestra), and Barrick Stees (Cleveland Orchestra) join Stomberg in the world-premier recording of these works.

Stomberg received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas. His major teachers include William Winstead, Alan Hawkins and Gregg Randall.

In his spare time, Stomberg enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife Karen and their dogs on their 5-acre "farm" outside of Lawrence, Kansas.

Selected Reviews

American Record Guide
July/August 2009
Victor Bruns: Music for Bassoon (Eric Stomberg and Friends)
Azica Records ACD-71245

"Eric Stomberg, professor of bassoon at the University of Kansas, has arrived on the scene, and dare I say it's about time. Eric is a fantastic bassoonist... He is accompanied by friends and colleagues Barrick Stees and Jonathan Sherwin of the Cleveland Orchestra, George Sakakeeny of the Oberlin Conservatory and Robert Koenig of UC Santa Barbara."

"Stomberg and friends perform with elegance, refinement and the understanding of wry humor that I think is essential to the bassoonist's temperment. Individually they have impeccable tone and technique, but together they are like one mind-balanced and blended to perfection."

"I recommend this recording, especially if you want to hear great American bassoon playing."


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