Schwandt studied harpsichord with Putnam Aldrich and gave harpsichord and organ concerts on CBC, throughout Canada and the USA. He taught music history and musicology at the Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music. His particular academic interest was the relationship between music and dance in the 17th and 18th centuries, and he published articles in publications such as Musical Quarterly, Notes, Fontes Artis Musicae, Canadian University Music Review and The New Grove. He created more than a dozen music editions and reconstructed the Gloria from Erik Satie's Messe des pauvres for a performance at the University of Victoria in 1997.
- "Erich P. Schwandt: Obituary". Victoria Times Colonist. Legacy.com. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.