Eric Laprade, Music Director & Festival Wind Ensemble Conductor
A dedicated and passionate musician, conductor and educator, Eric M. Laprade currently serves as the Music Director and Festival Wind Ensemble conductor of South Shore Conservatory's Summer Music Festival. Appointed to the position at only 24 years of age and building on the tradition of past music directors Frank Battisti and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr., Laprade has quickly established the festival as one of the premier programs of its kind in New England. Laprade has also conducted many of the nations premier wind bands, including The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own", The University of Michigan Symphony Band and the Eastman Wind Orchestra.
From 2008-2013, Eric was an educator for the Randolph, MA public schools, where he served as the K-12 Music Department Chairperson and taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. During his tenure in Randolph Eric was named one of "40 under 40 emerging leaders" by the South Shore Stars organization and is credited with implementing new curricula, creating partnerships and residencies with community arts organizations and greatly expanding the program. Eric is also the founding music director of the Randolph Community Band, a community music ensemble which has given over 25 concerts since its inception, commissioned new works and given over $10,000 back to local community in the form of scholarships and donations.
Laprade is currently a Doctoral conducting student at the Eastman School of Music where he is also a Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Fellow. At Eastman, Eric is an Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, teaches undergraduate conducting and musicology, and serves as a research assistant for the Institute for Music Leadership. Prior to his time at Eastman, Eric earned a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan where he worked with the Symphony Band, Concert Band, University Band, Campus Band and conducted multiple world premiere performances. In recognition of his exemplary work at UM, he was recipient of honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music where he majored in tuba performance and music education and was awarded the school's prestigious Performer's Certificate. His principal conducting mentors include Mark Scatterday, Michael Haithcock and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.