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Lapin, Eric

Lapin, Eric

Director of Artistic Initiatives and Lecturer & Applied Lecturer, Clarinet


Dr. Eric J. Lapin is Director of Artistic Initiatives for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and a Lecturer of Music in the Department of Performing Arts. He teaches courses in applied clarinet, arts administration, and jazz history.  Dr. Lapin holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Clarinet Performance from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Clemson University.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, the Humanities Education and Research Association, the Jazz Educators Network, and is an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi.  As a clarinetist, Dr. Lapin has performed with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Limestone College Wind Ensemble, and has given solo performances for the Greenville Music Teachers Association and the 2012 Clemson University Victor Hurst Academic Convocation. Dr. Lapin has also been a featured soloist with all Clemson University student ensembles. As a clinician and private instructor, Dr. Lapin’s students have received numerous accolades, including first chair clarinet in SC All-County, All-Region, and All-State ensembles and acceptance into the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Lapin has presented papers at numerous conferences, hosted research exhibits, published scholarly essays, and was recently named February 2017 Researcher of the Month by the Clemson University Library.  In addition, Dr. Lapin also serves as a delegate to the Faculty Senate and is on the University STEAM committee. 

Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

The Future of Arts Performance in Higher Education, College Music Symposium

The New Performing Arts Curriculum, The Chronicle of Higher Education