Eric Schweikert is Principal Timpanist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Director of Percussion Studies at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne. Eric joined the Philharmonic in the Fall of 1989 and has been teaching at IPFW since January 2008. Summers are spent teaching and performing at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Eric has been on the faculty since 1992. At Eastern he has served as Principal Percussionist from 1993-2011 and since 2012 as Principal Timpanist. During the 2011- 2012 season Eric served as Acting Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony under maestro Leonard Slatkin. Eric has toured the U.S., Europe and South America with the Chicago Symphony, performed and recorded with the Cincinnati and Detroit Symphonies, and toured Scandinavia with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Alabama, Columbus, and Virginia Symphonies. Previous positions include: Principal Timpanist of the Victoria Symphony, British Colombia, Canada, and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Eric is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, has a B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, attended The Juilliard School, and was a Tanglewood Fellow. He has studied with Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Rohland Kohloff of the New York Philharmonic. Solo performances include Russell Peck's "the Glory and the Grandeur", Peck's timpani concerto "Harmonic Rhythm", Milhaud Concerto, and the Phillip Glass Concerto for Two Timpanists. Eric resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Kathy and their son, William.