Before his career in education Eric spent ten years singing professionally all over the United States while performing as many as 275 shows per year with quartet Four Shadow and trail-blazing vocal band Blind Man’s Bluff – two of the busiest, hardest working groups leading the way to mainstream acceptance of contemporary a cappella. In addition to re-booking rates well above 90%, both vocal groups were the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
While pursuing his Master of Music degree he operated a small digital recording studio working with local Chicago groups including Vocal Chaos and the national and international award winning Chapter 6. His professional expertise includes credits as director, arranger, composer, soloist, engineer and producer on over a dozen live and studio projects.
Though his touring days are over Mr. Skalinder continues to enjoy performance through occasional local outlets including annual performances of lush jazz arrangements of holiday favorites with professionals from Chicago and around the United States.