Eric Allard - Violin

Eric Allard grew up in Connecticut, joining local youth symphonies in elementary school. During high school Eric performed in all-county and all-state orchestras and a winning competitive small ensemble. He performed with youth groups at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood before joining the Manhattan School of Music’s preparatory division. There he studied under Christina Khimm for three years and began playing clarinet as well. During this time he also took up saxophone and performed with his school jazz band, earning “Best Jazz Sectional” at a national competition.
In 2006 Eric changed career paths and chose to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. There he studied fine arts and teaching and in 2010 graduated with his Bachelors of Fine Arts in general fine arts with concentrations in printmaking and ceramics, and again in 2011 with his Masters of Art in Teaching. He is now the art teacher at an elementary school in Reisterstown and works with children with autism on the side.
Eric has been with the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra since it began and is honored to be the concert master of such a fine group. Throughout the year he also regularly performs in the pit with local theatre groups and has recently performed in the Glyndon Area Player’s production of Seussical and the Reisterstown Theatre Project’s production of Les Miserables