School of Music

Eric Rubinstein

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Eric Rubinstein is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Nazareth College, where he directs the Chamber Singers and Treble Choir, and teaches additional coursework in conducting and music education. Prior to his appointment at Nazareth, Rubinstein served as Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College (NYC).

Ensembles under his direction have been recognized across New York and New England for performances of the highest artistic caliber, including invited performances for the New York Chapter of the American Choral Directors’ Association (2015), the New York State School Music Association (2019), and the Eastern Division Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association (2022). His choirs have received numerous accolades, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Chautauqua Institute, and abroad, and have been honored most notably through The American Prize (2022).

Dr. Rubinstein’s scholarship and creative activity focus on the advancement of twenty-first century, progressive practices in choral music education. His work has appeared in such publications as Music Educators’ Journal, SmartMusic, ChorTeach, and Anacrusis (Choral Canada), as well as through regional and national conventions of NAfME and ACDA and the International Society of Music Education (ISME).

As a secondary school choral director, Dr. Rubinstein amassed a decade of high school teaching in Monticello and Westhampton Beach, NY, where he concurrently served on the music education faculty at CUNY Brooklyn College. Dr. Rubinstein is currently on the artistic faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for various choral festivals and conferences.

Additionally, Dr. Rubinstein enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor. Favorite roles include Man 1 in Songs for a New World, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Henrik Eggerman in A Little Night Music, and the title “role” in Craig Hella Johnsons’s passion-oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard. He has also appeared with Red Shift Choir, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, eVoco Voice Collective, and The New Musicals Project.

Dr. Rubinstein is a member of NAfME and ACDA, where he also serves as a New York- ACDA Repertoire & Resources co-chair for LGBTQIA+ Choral Music. He holds Choral Conducting and Music Education degrees from Louisiana State University (D.M.A), Michigan State University (M.M.), and SUNY Fredonia (B.M.).

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Chamber Singers Director
  • Treble Choir Director
  • Conducting
  • Music Education

Education

  • Louisiana State University, D.M.A.
  • Michigan State University, M.M.
  • SUNY Fredonia, B.M.