Upon graduating magna cum laude in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College in 1984, Eric Houghton joined the piano faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music. Since that time, he has taught hundreds of eager students of all ages. In 1987, he received his Master’s degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Constance Keene and Marc Silverman.
Up until 1993, Mr. Houghton exclusively performed solo and chamber recitals featuring the works of the master composers. However, after completing his first major work, Pioneer Songs, in 1993, his performing career took on a new emphasis: performing largely his own works. Victory Songs and Songs from the Cross followed in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and were received with much acclaim when performed in Princeton, St. Louis and Chicago. Since that time, Mr. Houghton has written and performed three major song cycles, a sequel to Robert Schumann’s Kinderscenen, and many church anthems.
His most recent musical works, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano — “Recovery,” and Five Anonymous Songs, coincided with the writing and publication of a candid, yet painfully triumphant memoir, Boozehound! Breaking a 30-Year Obsession, chronicling his life and continuing recovery over a potentially fatal illness. Anticipated in 2013, is a full concert version of Pioneer Songs to be performed, including orchestra, soloists, choir and narrator.