Eric Oatts is an avid supporter of music education. As an arts administrator, teacher, composer, and saxophonist, he is currently the Administrative Director of the Music Division at The Juilliard School.

Prior to his current role at Juilliard, Mr. Oatts held the position of Administrative Director at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Previously, he served as Director of Operations and Orchestra Programs at the Philadelphia International Music Festival located at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA; Operations Assistant at the Marlboro School of Music and Festival in Marlboro, VT; Orchestra Manager for the New York String Orchestra Seminar 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 currently resides in Manhattan, NY and is originally from Des Moines, IA.

1 comment:

  1. Alan Ware at trumpetware@gmail.comOctober 4, 2023 at 8:30 AM

    I am a retired professional musician and personal friend of your father. A private trumpet teacher in the Los Angeles area mentioned to me that several of his younger students parents have mentioned a fee-based youth concert program for performances at Juilliard. Parents mentioned a $5,000 fee. Is there such a program? Thanks for your time...and congratulations on attaining such a great gig!