Eric Morris, Instructor, Touch Guitarist and Tenor

An alluring Sound, a Masterful Musician

                                                      Resumé

Theatrical and Operatic Experience    

1977–1983    The Lamplighters,  San Francisco,  CA
ß Lead Tenor in Pirates of Penzance, Utopia Ltd., Princess Ida, and Iolanthe, all by Gilbert  and Sullivan
ß Alfred, Die Fledermaus, Strauss
ß Pluto, Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach
ß List of many other roles sung with this company, by request

1981–1991    Pocket Opera    San Francisco,  CA
Lead Tenor in
ß La Vie Parisienne, Offenbach
ß La Perichole, Offenbach
ß La Belle Helene, Offenbach
ß La Cenerentola, Rossini
ß List of many other lead roles sung with this company, by request

ß 1981           Lead tenor for three month tour of Canada with Canada Opera Piccola
Performing the American Opera Signor Deluso, by Thomas Pasatieri, and La Canterina by Haydn. Also took part in summer music festival associated with the opera company.

1982             Marin  Opera    San Rafael,   CA
ß Performed  English translation of Martha, by von Flotow, in the role of Leon.

ß List of many other roles performed by request, including works by Stravinsky and other contemporary composers.

1989- 2011    The EDLOS, San Francisco CA:  First tenor, arranger and composer with award winning a cappella male quartet, seen at Grand Ole Opry, Shoreline Amphitheater, Concord Pavilion, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s... performed with Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Chicago, The Temptations, Crystal Gayle, Tower of Power, Leann Rimes, Foreigner, Harvey Mandel, “Weird” Al Yankovic, and many others. Performed at many festivals and concert settings, including Mendocino Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Big Bear Festival. Featured in their own PBS TV show, the Lonesome Pines Special, filmed in Louisville KY. Only winners of all three top prizes at the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella Competition.

The EDLOS have also given many master classes to students ranging in age from 10 to college, details on request. 

2011 NDNU Opera Theater, Belmont CA- Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc 

2012 Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA- Tomfoolery, Tom Lehrer musical

2012 NDNU Opera Theater, Belmont CA- Die Fledermaus, Alfred


Oratorio and Choral    
ß 1981    Tenor soloist for the first annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah, at the San Francisco           Opera House.


ß 1982    Soloed with SF Ballet, in performance in honor of Pavlova;  song written by Cole Porter.


ß 1986    Debut with San Francisco Symphony, in a new piece in Hebrew by Charles Wuorinen.


ß 1988    Three month tour of USA and Canada, soloist with Columbia Artists’ William Hall Chorale.

ß             Oratorio works by Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Durufle, Fauré, Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other composers performed with many San Francisco and national groups as tenor soloist.

ß            Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, Verdi. Lieder recitals of pieces by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Barber, many others.

ß            Learned Les Noces, by Stravinsky, in one week when the tenor was taken ill. Performed  the role of Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach from the pit, sightreading the score with one half hour's notice, for the Lamplighter Theater Company of SF.

ß            Specialist in the works of Benjamin Britten, have sung Songs from the Chinese, War   Requiem, Ceremony of Carols, and others.


ß            Contemporary music, including Charles Wuorinen, John Cage, Aaron Kernis, John Adams. Studied with Adams, SF Conservatory.




Religious
Tenor soloist at St. Ignatius, SF, 1983-1986; Presidio Post Chapel, SF, 1986-1989; St. Mary the Virgin, SF, 1989-1994. Also soloist at Temple Sherith Israel, SF, 1978-1993. List of other churches and temples by request.

Education    1977–1981    San  Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
ß Bachelor of Music
ß Many advanced musicianship, composition and conducting classes.
ß Master Classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Hans Hotter, Paul Sperry, Simon Estes.

High School at George Washington High in SF and Carlmont High, Belmont CA, class of ‘77; Godspell, Scapino, Fiorello among the shows Eric had leads in.


Two time Member of California State Honor Choir. Private voice lessons from 1976-1987 with Donald Stenberg, Leopold Simoneau, and John Hudnall.

Teaching    Mr. Morris has taught privately for over 35 years, and many of his students have gone onto higher education in music and/or high profile performance venues; names and references available by request. He has also taught music theory, and taken many classes in theory and composition. Mr. Morris was hired to the faculty of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, in the spring semester of 2003, where he presently teaches voice, musicianship, beginning voice, computer music applications,  and has also taught opera workshop.

Awards           Full Scholarship at the SF Conservatory of Music, all 4 years. Winner of Bank of America Music Scholarship. Winner of East Bay Music Scholarship. Two Command Performances, California State High School NATS Solo Competition, 1976 and 1977. Won Best Original Arrangement Award, Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition, 1989. Won West Bay Music Scholarship.

Interests    Avid instrumentalist, arranger and composer, bicycling, tennis, carpentry, horticulture, computers, ~ own two woks and know how to use 'em! Member of ASCAP. Fluent in Spanish, studied at least 3 years each in Italian, French and German.  

Mr. Morris has sung in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Xhosa, Portuguese, Ladino, Yiddish, Russian, Czech, and Hungarian. Mr. Morris, thus far, has sung on over a dozen recordings, including 9 recordings with the EDLOS.

In addition, Mr. Morris released his first album on Touch Guitar called Pure Beauty in 2009,

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Eric is planning the release of True Light, his second album on touch guitar, by mid summer 2014. The title track can be found under soundfiles above.