Eric Joseph Rubio, only in his late twenties, has already had a diverse and successful career with appointments in music education, church music, and arts administration with organizations throughout the Chicago area.
Eric is presently Assistant Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series, one of DuPage County’s long-standing performing arts presenting organizations. His responsibilities include concert production, community outreach and audience development, and mentoring of student staff. He also plans artist residencies and manages much of the digital marketing for the program.
Eric is also an active church musician, having been involved in the worship and music ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He leads the volunteer Chamber Orchestra, a diverse ensemble of congregants of all ages, in its regular ministry in worship services. He also served as acting head of worship ministries during a recent music minister vacancy and transition period.
Previously, Eric spent several years as a middle school band director, holding faculty posts at Faith Christian Academy in Geneva, Illinois, where his honors wind ensembles received top ratings at the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble festivals, and Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where among other projects, he piloted a beginning jazz band for sixth grade students.
Eric holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wheaton College (Illinois), where he performed with the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra and was recipient of the Professor Russell H. Platz Memorial Scholarship. A trombonist, he has studied with Cherai McCauley, Audrey Morrison, and Joseph Rodriguez. His principal conducting teachers have been Daniel Sommerville, Paul Wiens, and Timothy Yontz. Further studies include coursework in education and theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School.
Eric is also a freelance writer and blogger, and he has had articles published at ChicagoNow (a Chicago Tribune platform), Thin Difference, and AllAboutWorship.com. He is a member of The High Calling network of bloggers.
In addition to his professional engagements, Eric gives his time to volunteer service positions with different organizations in his fields of expertise. Prior to assuming his current staff role with the Wheaton College Artist Series, Eric was a member of the Artist Series Board of Advisers. He is currently Communications Chair on the Executive Committee of the Overture Council of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys attending concerts, cooking, and reading, particularly theology. He and Naomi, his wife, live in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park.
"Eric has a great work ethic and the aptitude for getting things done."
-- James "Jim" DePalo, Band Director, Hadley Junior High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
-- Caleb Widmer, Pastor of Worship and Missions, Harvest Community Church, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
"Eric Rubio is one of the most remarkable individuals I have known. ... It has been an honor to know him and to have his involvement and commitment to shared purposes."
-- Dr. Tony Payne, Director of Special Programs, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois