Originally from Virginia, maestro Hayslett moved to the New York City metro area four summers ago and has since become actively involved in the metropolitan area’s community music scene. He currently performs regularly with the Queer Urban Orchestra, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond County Orchestra, New York Opera Exchange. He is also a former member of the pit orchestra for the Broadway show Addams Family. Having studied at James Madison University for undergraduate studies in music education, Eric graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree in music education from Boston University. His prominent conducting tutors include Dr. Robert McCashin, Director of Orchestras at James Madison University, and Mark Russell Smith, Music Director of Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Director of orchestra studies at University of Minnesota. Eric is a founding member and former Music Director of the Richmond Chamber Winds Society and former conductor of the European Wind Ensemble, both based in Richmond, Virginia. In his spare time, Eric is an active composer and arranger for youth orchestra and wind band literature.