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Eric Whitacre            

Award-winning Composer

Eric Whitacre began his music career singing in his college choir, with no previous musical experience. By 21, he had completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely Rose, and soon advanced to Juilliard where he studied under Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano. Today, his 44 published concert pieces have sold over a million copies, he has conducted choral music in some of the most esteemed halls in the world and his music has been featured on dozens of commercial recordings.

Most recently, Whitacre has been noticed for his cutting-edge work, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, a musical that combines electronica with choral and operatic traditions. The musical has earned him the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award and received 10 nominations at the 2007 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.

"What hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile."

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Speech Topics

Bringing people together in new ways to create great things

Intuition as a creative force - how to access, nurture and develop it

The composer/conductor as communicator and builder of communities

The Virtual Choir and the humanism of technology

Creativity and Connection

Eric is the creator of the Virtual Choir, a digital project that combines thousands of user-submitted videos into a single stunning choral performance. This global choir transcends geography, class, and background: it is a testament to the power of leadership and technology to foster creativity and connection, even in the most challenging circumstances.

Eric draws on this experience to speak inspiringly about the possibilities that open up when people are invited to contribute creatively and share their talent with their peers. He explains how the drive to create and share, which have always lain at the heart of choral music, can be harnessed in professional contexts, and he shares the strategies and sensibilities that allow leaders to unlock that drive in the teams they manage.

With his warm, engaging style, Eric is an ideal speaker on this subject, creating an inclusive, encouraging space where creativity and connection are within everyone's grasp.


Renowned composer Eric Whitacre to perform at Basilica of St ...

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre will perform with his choral choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers, at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in March as .

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