Eric Schultz serves on the music faculty at Iona College, where he teaches classes, lessons, and directs the Iona Wind Ensemble. He is an award-winning clarinetist, including the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto. As an advocate for new music, he is also the founding clarinetist of the Victory Players contemporary chamber ensemble. Sponsored by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts and based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a historically Puerto Rican town, the group has commissioned and premiered the music of several living Puerto Rican composers. Eric is also passionate about jazz and commercial music, and performed as Reed 1 in the pit orchestra for Nice Work If You Can Get It, the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical on National Tour. He has also toured around the country with groups such as the jazz vocal quintet Five by Design and the Frank Sinatra impersonator Steve Lippia. Eric completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University.