Phone: (806) 834-7153
Office: School of Music, Room 216B
Eric Fried, Associate Professor of Music, earned music degrees from Indiana University, the University of Denver, and the University of Arizona. He served for twenty-one years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and for fifteen years as music director/conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also served for fourteen years as Assistant to the Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he served as orchestra director and professor of violin on the music faculties of Oklahoma State University and Hendrix College (AR). During the summers of 1997 and 1998 he was assistant concertmaster of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra based in the Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria, and performing in numerous locations throughout Austria and Hungary. He also has served as concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Little Rock Chamber Orchestra, and the Arkansas Ballet and Opera orchestras. He was president-elect of the Oklahoma String Teachers Association immediately before accepting his position at Texas Tech. In addition, he has served as conductor/clinician in numerous places throughout the country. From 2006 to 2018 he served as Chair of the Texas American String Teachers Association (TexASTA) Young Artists Solo Competition.
Dr. Fried developed and has led the Music of Spain study abroad program at the Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain since its inception in 2007. He has also collaborated in Seville with Be Sepharad--Legado Sefardí, an organization dedicated to reviving the history, culture, and music of the Sephardic Jews.
Dr. Fried has published articles in American String Teacher, California Music Educator, College Music Society South Central Music Bulletin, and Upbeat (publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League).