Adjunct Professor - Trumpet
Born in the "cornfields of Ohio" into a musical family, Eric Rupp watched his older brother play trumpet, started lessons at eight years of age and soon began receiving first at state competitions. Eric played both the trumpet and piano through high school, studying trumpet with Edwin Betts and piano with Elizabeth Gould. He graduated from the University of Michigan, with both a Bachelor and Master of Music, where he studied with the renowned teacher Clifford P. Lillya.
In 1971, Eric joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and four years later, was invited to audition for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, which he did successfully. After a career of thirty-three years with the Orchestra, he retired in 2008. Since then he has been the Orchestra Manager of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Eric was a founding member of the Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet. He has performed on numerous occasions with Thirteen Strings and the NAC’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert series. Currently he is a member of Capital Brassworks.
Eric has been teaching trumpet at the University of Ottawa since 1994. He also shares his love of music at his church, where he is Director of Music.