Bassist Erik Gronfor has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra since 2001, and has held the title of Assistant Principal as of the 2010 season. He is also a founding member of the ROCO chamber orchestra. Erik previously help the position of Principal Bass in the Charleston Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestras. Erik lives in Houston with his wife Joan DerHovsepian and daughter Clara. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Rice University Shepherd School of Music.