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 Oregon and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His premier performances include Hiver: trio for bass, bass trombone and piano by Nicolas Kaviani, Cades Cove by Chris M. Sharpe, Sonata #1 by Pete Strohm, and Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony. Since moving to Oregon, he plays regularly with the Willamette Valley Symphony Orchestra and Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, and gives masterclasses and guest performances throughout Oregon. Eric holds faculty positions at Western Oregon University and Chemeketa Community College as the Professor of Low Brass.
Eric is currently focused on studying an often-discussed but little-understood performance disorder commonly known as “valsalva maneuver”. His interest in this problem stems from his own journey of recovery from the disorder, and regaining his ability to play naturally. This experience has instilled a dedication to improve our understanding of “valsalva maneuver” and to one day develop scientifically verified treatments and preventative measures. In 2018, he conducted a survey of brass musicians to understand how this problem is experienced, and propose a medically accepted name and classification to facilitate future studies. Eric lectures on his experience, both as a researcher, performer, and educator, at universities and conferences around the country. He helps retrain musicians who suffer from performance disorders throughout the Pacific Northwest. Currently, he is working on a method book for retraining the “valsalva maneuver”, to be published by Mountain Peak Music.
Included amongst Eric’s other academic achievements is an epidemiological survey of the health of trombonists, the first study of its kind, published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2016. Data from this survey was included in presentations at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s Annual Symposium on the pain experienced by trombonists, and how personality can impact performance anxiety. Much of his research was conducted while working as a researcher for the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, where he taught the Occupational Health in Music course at the University of North Texas.