Eric Stokes (Composer)
Born: 14th July 1930, Haddon Heights, New Jersey, United States
Died: 16th March 1999, Minneapolis, Minnesota,United States
Eric Stokes was a composer, whose work spanned an eclectic range of influences and styles.
Stokes was born in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, about ten miles southeast of Philadelphia. His mother was a fine vocalist and the early artistic influence in his life. Stokes studied piano at an early age and began composing on his own in high school. He held degrees in music from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he taught for 29 years.
While at the University of Minnesota, Stokes founded the school’s electronic music laboratory and championed the development of contemporary music by starting the First Minnesota Moving and Storage Warehouse Band.