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.
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