Eric Sutz

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
Jazz Studies
Adult Studies
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Eric graduated from Depaul University with a Bachelor of music.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Mr. Sutz has spent a lot of his time studying classical piano with Eloise Niwa, conducting with Dr.William Huber and Kevin Stites, and jazz piano with Judy Roberts, Howard Levy, Larry Novak, Willie Pickens, John Campbell, Joel Daley, Mike Kocour, and Joan Hickey. He also had the opportunity to study the great Chicago boogie and blues artists with Erwin Helfer.

Awards and achievements: 

Most of Mr. Sutz' achievements are connected to local projects. In addition to playing for singers, production companies, and local groups, he also worked as a musical director and conductor for Chicago area theaters and choirs. For fifteen years, he took part-time and full-time jobs as a rehearsal and audition pianist for the Candlelight, Marriot Lincolnshire, Wisdom Bridge, and Goodman Theater. He was president of NSMTA from 2006-2008, and received an award as Member of the Year for NSMTA in 2008 and 2011. He has received his Arts in Action certification for 15 straight years in Northbrook, and also published a book, “How to Play and Teach Popular Music Creatively,” in 1986.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Beyond accompanying theater groups and various choirs, Eric also taught at Carmel High School as the associate and primary choral director. He was also the accompanist, rehearsal, and solo pianist for the European tour of their concert choir. Currently, he is a faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago along with being a piano and guitar teacher at Stevenson High School.

Interests outside of music: 

When not teaching, performing, or accompanying, Eric enjoys history, travel, yoga, scuba diving and martial arts. In the martial art world he is a Sifu/Guro under Dan Inosanto, Ron Balicki, Rick Faye, Grand Master Atillo, Marc Halleck, Hoch Hochheim and Master Shim.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Bach, Chopin, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy