1. Faculty

Eric Choate

Assistant Director, Chorus

"This was music to grab the listener’s attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline." —Examiner.com


  • MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • BA, St. Olaf College


  • Conservatory Chorus


  • San Francisco Symphony Chorus, 2014–Present

What is your hometown?

Columbus, OH

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Theology and food.

Who were your major teachers?

Timothy Mahr, Justin Merritt, and David Conte.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"A musician who is only a musician is only half a musician; keep your interests broad and musicianship will follow."
—Paraphrase of Bruno Walter

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

In a piano class, my teacher assigned all students to write a variation on "Ode to Joy." I loved this project and wrote several variations. I didn't realize until the class was presenting our compositions to one another that it was unusual to have been so thrilled by the project. I realized then I was meant to compose.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I always thought I would be an architect if not a musician.

What is your daily routine?

I force myself to get up early and compose. I find that I do my best work if I am still groggy. Then after composing for a couple of hours, I do a little bit of score studying of whatever I happen to be conducting at any given time.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart.