Eric Hanson is an assistant professor of music at Southern Virginia. Before coming to Buena Vista, he performed all over the world as a vocalist and also worked as a composer, conductor and director.
His career began in Germany as a teenager where he performed in operas and musicals, such as Romberg’s “The Student Prince” in the courtyard of a Heidelberg Castle. While in Europe, he competed in Graz, Austria’s prestigious “Meistersinger” competition and received third place. His career as a tenor soloist includes a performance in Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G minor” in Austria, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” in Costa Rica and numerous pieces in the United States, as well as many others.
In addition to vocal performance, Hanson has composed a soundtrack for a feature film and conducted many ensembles. Additionally, he worked as an assistant professor of voice and head of Opera UTEP at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Hanson studied at Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Dr. Clayne Robison and Dr. Larry Vincent. There he received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and was named “BYU Singer of the Year,” the school’s highest award for vocal performance. He then proceeded to earn a master’s degree from Florida State University and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.
From 1997-1999, Hanson served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico, and he has since held numerous callings in the Church.
Hanson and his wife, Abby, live in Buena Vista, Va., with their five daughters.
B.M., Brigham Young University, 2007; M.M., Florida State University, 2009; D.M.A., University of Southern California, 2012
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