UD’s new music director

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A University of Dallas alumni, Eric Lewis is excited to return to UD as the new director of music at the Church of the Incarnation. 

Lewis graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Latin. Even with his busy academic schedule, Lewis still made time for his other great love: music. 

Lewis’ love for music began early in his life. “I always loved music and singing growing up,” he said. “We were at a parish in San Antonio that had a very good music program, and that was where I got involved in musical theater.” 

After moving to Alaska with his family in high school, Lewis’ focus shifted to the trumpet, sparking his lifelong love for  brass fanfare. 

It was at UD where Lewis became especially interested in sacred music, and he remembers his time as a student fondly. 

“Coming to UD, they had collegium cantorum which I sang in, as well as Fr. Ralph’s schola cantorum. I really enjoyed doing music throughout my time here.” 

After graduation, he spent some time teaching and working at Cistercian before singing professionally at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. Eventually, Lewis moved to D.C. to complete a M.A. in sacred music at Catholic University of America, and he eventually went onto work as music director at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in D.C. 

Lewis now plans the music for the liturgies at the Church of the Incarnation and directs the chapel choir. He will also be planning the Baccalaureate Mass in May, as well as the Mass for Dr. Jonathan Sanford’s upcoming presidential inauguration.

“I loved doing the Baccalaureate in December and I really look forward to the one in May as well,” he said. “There are a couple of brass pieces that I did at the end of my Masters recital which I would like to employ… they’re very triumphant, which feels appropriate for graduation.” 

Looking ahead, Lewis says that he’s eager to work with the different musical outlets on campus. 

“As things hopefully open up more, I look forward to having the bigger chorus to work with, and maybe doing some bigger choral pieces.”

Now that Mr. Lewis is back at UD, he is excited to be able to cross the bridge between students and staff and give something he loves to a community he loves., 

“Sacred music has been an integral part of my spiritual life and also my musical life, and I feel really blessed to be able to do it,” he said.

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