is our organist, and joined the staff in January 2013.
Eric received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Todd Wilson. He also studied piano, harpsichord, Eurhythmics pedagogy, and early music performance practice.
Eric plays organ and piano for our worship services, supporting congregational singing and accompanying our choir. He leads the Women's and Men's Ensembles, and works with instrumentalists. In addition, Eric works closely with our director of music, Deacon Joan Kuehn, helping her with musical arrangements, instrumental resources, and more. He provides music for weddings and memorial services, and provides technical support for our services through his work with our sound and video systems.
Eric has served as a church musician for nearly 25 years in Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Reform Judaism congregations. A long-time member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, Eric is currently serving his fourth term as dean of the Colorado Springs chapter of the AGO. In addition, Eric plays harpsichord with Parish House Baroque, Colorado Springs' early music ensemble.
Eric and his wife Elisa moved to Elisa's hometown of Colorado Springs in 2012 after discerning a call from God to live closer to Elisa's parents. Along with their sons Paul, Daniel, and John, they enjoy discovering new hikes in the mountains around the Springs, swimming at the Y, and spending time together. They became members of First Lutheran in December 2012.
Long ago, Martin Luther said, “The gift of language combined with gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.” Since God calls us to worship, glorify, and praise him through music, Eric strives to offer music that speaks to the heart, is rooted in grace, and is focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.