Eric Michael Laprade
Visiting Instructor, Director of Wind Ensemble
DMA Candidate Eastman School of Music
MM University of Michigan
BMUS East School of Music
Office: DGH 256
A dedicated and passionate conductor, educator, and arts leader, Eric M. Laprade is the interim Director of Wind Ensembles at the University of Utah. At Utah, Laprade conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band, and teaches courses in conducting. Additionally, he serves as the Music Director of South Shore Conservatory's Summer Music Festival in Hingham, MA. Laprade has conducted many of the nations premier wind bands, including The Eastman Wind Ensemble, The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", and the University of Michigan Symphony Band.
Laprade is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he is a Frederick Fennell Conducting Fellow, Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Fellow, and recipient of the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. During his time in residence at Eastman, Laprade was assistant conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Harmonie, and associate conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra. He served as assistant conductor on international tours to Europe and Canada, and was assistant producer on multiple wind ensemble recording projects. Additionally, he taught undergraduate conducting and musicology, and served as a research assistant for the Institute for Music Leadership. While at Eastman, Laprade was a guest conductor for OSSIA New Music, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, and Sunset Concerts. He has been a clinician at schools throughout New England and was the conductor of the 2017 Massachusetts Music Educators Western District Concert Band.
From 2008–13, Laprade was a music educator for the Randolph, MA public schools, where he served as the K–12 Music Department Chairperson. During his tenure he was named one of "40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders" by the South Shore Stars organization and is credited with implementing new curricula, forging strong partnerships with community organizations, and greatly expanding the program. Laprade is also the founding music director of the Randolph Community Band.
Laprade holds a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also the recipient of a Performer's Certificate. His principal conducting teachers include Mark Davis Scatterday, Michael Haithcock, and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. He holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and the College Music Society.
- Wind Ensemble
- Symphonic Band