Dr. Eric Starr

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Studio Artist Teacher of Trombone and Euphonium
Lecturer of Music: Brass Chamber Music
Program Advisor - Music, Entrepreneurship and Business Degree
Brass Area Coordinator, Internship Coordinator



Primary Email: [email protected]


Primary Phone: 619-594-0144


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Dr. Eric Starr maintains a multi-faceted musical career as a faculty member at SDSU, Trombonist for Westwind Brass, and as an active performer. At SDSU, Dr. Starr serves as Studio Artist Teacher, Program Advisor for the Music, Entrepreneurship and Business degree, Director the Brass Chamber Music program, co-director of the Experimental Music Ensemble, Lecturer, Brass Coordinator, and Internship Coordinator, He was named “Most Influential Faculty” in 2023 and 2018. Off campus, he is a board member for the Hausmann Quartet Foundation and San Diego New Music and is a Community Engagement Partner with Art of Elan. He has developed unique projects including pairing music and surfing in "Sounds and Swells", and music with wine in "Tasting Notes".

Dubbed a “Trombone Champion” with “Stunning Style” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Dr. Starr has performed as a soloist at major venues including Copley Symphony Hall, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the San Diego Museum of Art, and with the SDSU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and UCSD Wind Ensemble. As an ensemble player, he has performed with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Music Society, SD Winds, and broadway shows including Frozen and Mary Poppins.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Dr. Starr has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works for the trombone where he enjoys working with living composers and crafting seemingly strange notation and sounds into works of musical art. Composer collaborations have included Anahita Abbasi, John Adams, John Luther Adams, Christopher Adler, Caleb Burhans, Margaret Brouwer, Brent Dutton, David Lang, Lei Liang, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, and Chou Wen-Chung as well an many local up-and-coming composers such as Gabriel De Guzman, Maddi Baird, and Marilynn Do. Notably, Dr. Starr was the first known person to perform the music of John Cage at Copley Symphony Hall in 2017 with the Solo for Sliding Trombone.

Dr. Starr earned a B.M. from the University of Southern California, an M.M. and A.D. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M.A. from Stony Brook University with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife where he watches the waves daily, is an avid cyclist and has continued interests in fine wines, cooking, and summer time body surfing.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, State University of NY, Stony Brook
  • Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Southern California