Eric Troiano joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016. He maintains an active teaching and performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a guest artist at numerous places including Ithaca College, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and many other high schools around Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, and New York. As a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet, he performs regularly across the country. The Viridian Quartet has won top prizes in North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. An advocate for new music, Dr. Troiano has premiered and commissioned many new pieces for the saxophone and saxophone quartet, including pieces by composers Andrew Francis, Peter Golub, Justin Rito, Curtis Smith, among others. As an accomplished baritone saxophonist, Dr. Troiano has pioneered many solo and chamber works for the instrument. He is in the process of creating a pedagogical method for the baritone saxophone that utilizes the work of J.S. Bach to teach techniques of playing the instrument. A native of Connecticut, Dr. Troiano received a bachelor of music in music education and saxophone performance from Ithaca College, a master of music and DMA in saxophone performance from Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff and Steven Mauk. Dr. Troiano is a Selmer endorsing artist.