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Eric Mahl

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I believe in music’s unique ability to spur positive, meaningful, and lasting change in the world above all else. My goal as a conductor and leader is to create experiences that expose music’s power to create a more empathetic, kind and inclusive world, through performances held to the highest possible artistic standard. Further, the role of a conductor for me goes far beyond what happens on the podium, extending into community leadership and collaboration in holistic efforts to welcome and encourage all peoples into the concert hall in order to create an environment in which inspiring music and the orchestra itself becomes an essential part of a fulfilling and joyous life.
Currently I am Music Director of the Northport Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Light Opera Company, Philharmonia Orchestra at Third Street, and Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, as well as Associate Conductor with the Greenwich Village Orchestra and faculty/festival ensemble conductor at the Charles Ives Music Festival. I am also the founder and Music Director of OrchestraOne, a NYC based non-profit that has community involvement and participation as its foundation. Through these positions I strive to create programming that is unique, meaningful and diverse, as well as develop forward thinking and holistic initiatives for both our communities at large and the ensembles themselves.
I have had the opportunity to collaborate and perform with world-class musicians both as soloists and ensemble members from orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and more. 
As a fervent supporter of New Music, I frequently conduct various New Music Ensembles in the Greater NYC area, have led ensembles in the performance of more than twenty world premieres and have commissioned nine pieces for full orchestra through the ensembles I direct. These and other projects have led to many collaborations and commissions in the United States and Canada with professional and student composers including the world premieres of fully-staged operas, experimental ballet, and countless small and large ensemble pieces of all genres and instrumentations.
As a passionate educator, I have taught all ages and instruments at public and private schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and frequently work with student musicians from under-served communities. A firm believer that music can provide a transformational experience for a child, I work to engage and inspire students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds through community engagement activities such as free lectures, workshops, and concerts in addition to working with student orchestras.
I received a Bachelor of Music in Education Degree from Ithaca College and continued my studies both at Universite de Montreal and the State University of New York at Fredonia, where I received a Master’s Degree. I have studied with some of the foremost conducting pedagogues in the United States including Marin Alsop, James Ross, Harold Farberman, Neil Varon, Marc Gibson, Larry Rachleff, Don Schleicher, Jean-Francois Rivest, Paolo Bellomia, and Joseph
Gifford. I have participated in workshops and competitions in the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, at the Eastman School of Music, College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Bard College, and at the Cabrillo festival for contemporary music. When not on the podium, my passion extends to fitness, tennis, and spending time in nature.