Our Team

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ERIC SCHEIDER

Music & Performing Arts Teacher

Eric grew up in Buffalo, NY, and lives in Asheville with his wife, Emily, and daughter Lily. He has been exploring music with children in WNC since 2005. He has taught in and then led the education programs of the Hendersonville Symphony and taught orchestra at the middle and high school level for the Henderson County Public Schools. Eric currently performs professionally as a cellist with the Cafe String Quartet, in several orchestras, and freelance around the WNC, Upstate SC, and Eastern Tennessee areas. His pop/rock/folk/jazz cello career has included performances with lots of awesome artists and recordings for MTV Films, NPR Music, WNCW Radio, and more.

Eric is also an active conductor who has worked with children, collegiate groups, and adults in WNC and Upstate SC in orchestral, festival, and theatrical performances and workshops, currently directing the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra in Hendersonville and the Jubilee! Summer Orchestra in Asheville. He has arranged dozens of pieces for chamber groups and orchestras, and is a prize-winning composer.

In previous lives, he has worked in a vegetarian restaurant, green building, non-profit management, a meditation center, and as a yoga teacher, all of which he still thinks are fun. Eric has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Rochester and further Music Education licensure coursework from the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, University of the Arts, Western and East Carolina Universities and elsewhere.