Senior Director of Marketing and Membership
Eric Broker is an artist, writer, and arts administrator. He serves on the planning team of Picnic Operetta, an organization that brings together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of the urban ecosystem, and is an artistic advisor for Opera-Oriented Projects Sponsorships in Minnesota.
Before coming to ACC, he ran his own marketing, communications, and social venture development consultancy, specializing in creating and sustaining authentic connections between audiences and institutions that drive trust and advocacy. Before that, he was the Marketing and Communications Director at the nationally acclaimed Minnesota Opera, where he was responsible for generating annual revenue of more than $2.1M and leading a 12-person marketing, communications, patrons services, and design staff in developing and executing marketing campaigns that integrated marketing, fundraising, artistic, and institutional goals. Under his leadership, the Opera earned its highest-ever single ticket revenue for a season-opening show, achieved 133% of the revenue goal for the organization's latest subscription campaign, and, over three years, increased the number of donations up to $1K by more than 300% and the revenue from those donations by more than 350%. Eric was also previously with the Walker Art Center and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to his work with arts institutions, Eric is an arts and culture journalist, having written primarily for craft lifestyle publication The Growler Magazine and for Twin Cities Pride Magazine, where he was the Arts Columnist. Additionally, he is a photographer whose photos have been published in the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.
Eric was a Fellow with the Twin Cities chapter of the New Leaders Council, a hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership, and with the OPERA America Leadership Intensive, which identifies the most promising emerging leaders in the field of opera administration. He has been a featured speaker at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota School of Music, and OPERA America, and has served as a Guest Lecturer at The Juilliard School in their Artist as Entrepreneur course. A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, he graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College, where he received his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance.
As a singer, Eric has been praised by the Star Tribune for his “smooth, articulate baritone” and performed the title role in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and sang in the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ The Star Gatherer as a boy soprano. As an adult, he has since appeared in engagements with Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival, Arbeit Opera Theatre, Metamorphosis Opera Theater, and Skylark Opera; in recital with songSLAM, Opera on Tap, and The Schubert Club; and as a concert soloist with the St. John’s Abbey Schola, The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, the Northfield Community Band, the Canon Valley Regional Orchestra, and The St. Olaf Choir. Eric has received awards from the Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition.