Eric Oatts is an avid supporter of music education. As an arts administrator, teacher, composer, and performing musician, he is currently the Administrative Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute.

Prior to joining the PYO administrative staff, Mr. Oatts held the position of Director of Operations and Orchestra Programs at the Philadelphia International Music Festival located at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Previously, he served as Operations Assistant at the Marlboro School of Music and Festival in Marlboro, VT, as Orchestra Manager for the New York String Orchestra in New York, NY, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for both the Department of Jazz Studies and the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas School of Music in Lawrence, KS.

As an administrator, Mr. Oatts has worked closely with some of the world’s most well-respected performing artists, such as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, and Richard Goode. A talented saxophonist, he has also performed with renowned acts such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Steve Wilson, Sean Jones, Marshall Gilkes, and Alan Ferber. Additionally, Mr. Oatts has composed many pieces for small- and large-group ensembles and his arrangements have been performed by critically acclaimed artists such as Eric Alexander, Jerry Bergonzi, and Walter Smith III.

Mr. Oatts holds the degrees of Master of Music in Composition from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, MO. He is originally from Des Moines, IA.

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