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Eric Dochinger

Eric Dochinger, Cello
William and Lynda Steere Chair

Eric Dochinger received his B.M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Kapuscinski. Dochinger has traveled the world, performing over the years with large and small ensembles. He has also attended a number of summer festivals and has played in a number of orchestras over the course of his career.

Dochinger lives in Fort Myers with his wife and twin girls. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1992.


The facts:

I come from the Buckeye state (Ohio), and I received my Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I joined the Naples Philharmonic in 1992, just before the Clinton presidency.

What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?

Removing and replacing the batteries from the Naples Philharmonic mascot, “Grunt,” then watching Erich Kunzel come unglued without him knowing I did it.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Jimi Hendrix.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Working with the cello section... i.e. “The” Adam, Frenchie, Zen Moyer and others.

What’s challenging about playing your instrument?

Thumb position.

What are your favorite compositions?

2112 by Rush, The Wall by Pink Floyd and Beethoven’s Op. 132, 3rd movement.

What have you been listening to recently?

So many genres of music. But I do not listen to country music or opera!

Are there other musicians in your immediate family?

No, but my wife tickles the ivories with Music of the Night on our Hamburg O Steinway piano on occasion.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Anything ending with the suffix “-ing”: fishing, boating, cooking, shopping, gardening, running, hiking, volunteering, reading, traveling, and watching baseball and movies.


I have twin daughters and twin Great Danes.


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