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Eric Street

Professor of Piano; Piano Area Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Eric Street
Phone: 937-229-3920
FH 486


  • D.M., Piano Performance and Literature, Indiana University School of Music
  • M.M., Piano Performance and Literature, Indiana University School of Music
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Cornell College


Eric Street is Professor of Music and coordinates keyboard studies at the University of Dayton. He joined the UD faculty after teaching at Indiana University, the University of California (Santa Barbara) and Bethany College, where he was the youngest faculty member to be appointed Distinguished Professor. From 2004–08 he served as Graul Endowed Chair in Arts and Languages. He earned his M.M. and D.M. at Indiana University School of Music under Grammy Award winning Menahem Pressler, with post-doctoral study in Vienna under Paul Badura-Skoda. As tour leader and interpreter he has led numerous student and adult groups to Aix en Provence, Athens, Augsburg, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, London, Paris, Sicily and Vienna. He holds certificates in German (Vienna) and Italian (Rome).

As a pianist he has won acclaim on six continents, with performances in 36 countries. His concerts have been telecast in the U.S., Asia, Middle East and Europe, including a broadcast across Russia over the Kultur network from the American Embassy in Moscow. Standing ovations followed his debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, Paris, Cairo, London, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Rome, Berlin, Milan, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. In his 12-concert Japan tour, Tokyo University News stated "the whole performance was wonderful and captivated the audience." 

As an ensemble artist, Eric Street has toured the world as part of “Side by Side” piano duo, and accompanied more than two dozen singers from the Metropolitan and New York City Opera rosters.  He also toured as pianist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. 

Dr. Street’s articles appear in over one-hundred-thirty periodicals, including ClavierKeyboard Quarterly, and Opera Journal. The London Guardian has cited his research. For a number of years he covered opera locally for the Dayton City Paper. Heritage Music Press and Wehr’s Music House publish his compositions, and the Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts have sponsored many of his US performances.

Faculty perspective

"I began playing the piano by ear at the age of 2, but I did not decide on a musical career until well into my teens when I began studies with a wonderful teacher who built my technique and inspired me to play and pass on the tradition that he gave me. Since then, my primary goal has been to use and transmit the fabulous legacy I have been given. My passion is building pianists and accelerating their musical and technical progress."

Research interests

  • Ragtime (particularly by women composers)
  • Dance history
  • Opera history
  • Changing portrayal of Roman Catholic nuns in opera
  • Piano/piano pedagogy
  • Musical genealogy

Courses taught

In addition to piano-related subjects, Dr. Street presently teaches online courses in American Music History and Latin Music.

“I was already offering both these courses online when the pandemic hit, and in retrospect, online teaching was a great move,” says Dr. Street. “Students seem to really enjoy the material and format, and I love introducing them to the musical riches of the Americas.”

Selected publications

"Running the Reception Line Gauntlet." Clavier 32, No. 2 (February, 1993), pp. 40-42.

"It Worked for Noah! Pairing Students for Duets," Triad Vol. LXIX, No. 5, (April 2002), pp. 66-67.

Thinking on the Edge, "The Unkindest Cut of All: The Decline and Fall of the Castrati." (Burbank: Agamemnon Press, 1993), pp. 312-321. Hardcover.

"Tracing Our Musical Ancestors: Many Find Ties to Czerny, Gluck, and Leschetizky," Clavier, No. 10 (December, 2001), pp. 40-43.