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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


  • Ph.D., Indiana University School of Music


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 Menahem Pressler, with additional 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, Dublin, Florence, London, Paris, Sicily and Vienna. He holds certificates in German and Italian.

As a pianist he has won acclaim on six continents, with performances in 35 countries.  His concerts have been telecast in the US, 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, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. In his 12-concert Japan tour, Tokyo University News stated "the whole performance was wonderful and captivated the audience."  

An active 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 has toured as pianist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and recently performed in China.  

Dr. Street’s articles appear in over eighty periodicals, including Clavier, Keyboard Quarterly, and Opera Journal. The London Guardian has cited his research. He covers 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

"Although I began playing the piano by ear at the age of two, I did not decide on a musical career until well into my teans 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. I am particularly interested in building pianists, and the techniques I teach are designed to accelerate musical and technical progress. Some of my greatest successes have been with students who overcame physical problems stemming from incomplete or rigid technical backgrounds."

Research interests

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

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.