Dr. Eric Esparza is the Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Area Coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he conducts the DePaul Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and teaches courses in Choral Music. Dr. Esparza is also the Founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of International Voices Houston. Previously, he served on the music faculty of Sam Houston State University School as conductor of the Concert Choir, and teacher of voice, diction, and music theory. Dr. Esparza was also Artistic Director of the United Nations Association International Choir, and Director of Ministries at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he studied with Dr. Joyce Farwell and Maestro Thomas Jaber. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University where, he was a University Fellow and served as Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Opera. Dr. Esparza earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. He remains active internationally as a singer, conductor, and music editor.