Eric Wallace specializes in bass trombone performance and musician’s health, and is equally comfortable on stage as both a performer and lecturer. His performance credits include the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, the Milal Orchestra, Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Pecos River Brass Band, and various ensembles throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His premier performances include Hiver: trio for bass, bass trombone and piano by Nicolas Kaviani’s and Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony. He has also worked as a researcher and academic for the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, where he has taught the Occupational Health in Music course at the University of North Texas.
Eric is currently focused on studying an often-discussed but little-understood performance disorder that is sometimes referred to as “valsalva maneuver”. His interest in this problem stems from having personally suffered from it in his own playing, and retraining his ability to play naturally. Now, he is focused on helping musicians who have also suffered from this disorder, including helping them retrain or simply hearing their experiences. Eric's other academic achievements include the first epidemiological survey of the health of trombonists, published in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2016. Data from this survey was presented at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s Annual Symposium in 2015, including presentations on the pain experienced by trombonists, and how personality can impact performance anxiety. He has presented research often at PAMA and the International Trombone Festival.
More information about Eric, his research, and his performances can be found at ericwallacemusic.com