Eric Snoza

String Bass Faculty
String Bass
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Eric graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a BMA.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Over the years, Mr. Snoza has encountered many individuals who have helped to influence him and reach his full potential in the field of music. Some of these individuals include instructor James VanDemark, Eastman School of Music's Virginia Dixon, and Suzuki Training at Elmhurst College.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

My philosophy for private instruction is to create a comfortable atmosphere where students are free to be creative and uninhibited in expressing themselves. I firmly believe in stressing the fundamentals including: relaxed body positioning, core of sound, scales, and technique. Most importantly, I believe bass players should be well-rounded musicians, so I ensure that each of my students receives a foundation in orchestral, solo, and chamber music repertoire within a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, and popular music.

Awards and achievements: 

Black Violet - Act 1, Fifth House Ensemble

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Bassist - Fifth House Ensemble

Interests outside of music: 

Aside from his musical passions, Eric also enjoys photography, and Martial Arts whenever he gets the chance.

Favorite practice tip: 

Relaxation throughout the body is key. In order to create music that is uninhibited, you must make sure your body is free all stress and anxiety.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 


Favorite musical moment: 

I put together an orchestra in college and performed the world premiere transcription on the Elgar Cello Concerto for Double Bass in Kimball Hall at the Eastman School of Music.