Eric Huckins is a New York-based horn player, educator and arranger. He has been a substitute horn with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The American Brass Quintet, The New World Symphony, and The Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Eric has appeared with the Curtis Collegium and the Philadelphia Singers.
A passionate chamber musician, Eric has been a founding member of The Brass Project and Rendezvous Brass Quintet. Eric has been featured as a chamber musician at prestigious festivals such as Music from Angel Fire and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, Eric was a brass quintet fellow at Aspen Music Festival and School. Eric is also a member of The Heartbeat Project, an ensemble dedicated to empowering cultures in need. Eric is involved in arranging the folk music of these cultures, bringing awareness to their distinctive voices.
As an educator, Eric currently holds a Gluck fellowship through the Juilliard School and was a MAP fellow in 2016/17. Eric has been in residence at Navajo Technical University with The Heartbeat Project, working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2015, Eric revived the band program at South Philadelphia High School through his Community Artist Project at the Curtis Institute of Music. Eric has been in residence with The Brass Project at South Philadelphia High School and Powel Elementary School, and through Music from Angel Fire, he has performed over 80 school shows in the Northern New Mexico region.
Eric is currently Artistic Director of The Arts at Blessed Sacrament, which offers three varied concert series at The Church of Blessed Sacrament. Beginning in October of 2017, these series will comprise seven concerts a month. While at Curtis, Eric helped run the Curtis Community Engagement Mentor Program, facilitating student mentorship and organizing twenty-eight concerts each semester from 2012 - 2014.
Eric received his Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music studying with Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman. He has also studied historical performance extensively with R.J. Kelley.