2019 Guest Artist
Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer and teacher. A versatile flutist and piccoloist, she is praised for her effortless performances which expertly maneuver from the strictly classical to rock and roll, and everywhere in between, while maintaining an authenticity and approachability that is rare.
Erica began her orchestral career as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21, where the exacting standards demanded of the orchestral world influenced her sound and work ethic. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, Omaha Symphony and the San Diego Symphony, and has been seen in performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Houston Symphony.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. “It is important to me that my performances strike a balance between precision, musical thoughtfulness and excitement. Most of all, I want to make an audience feel.” As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, Erica discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, latin, world, electro and jazz styles. Performing in these genres has empowered a sense of freedom in her playing and has lead her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. Although no longer active, In Sterio has released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake”, available on iTunes.
Classically, Erica has been a soloist with the Omaha Symphony performing the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major and has been a first place prizewinner in several competitions including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition, the Florida Flute Association’s Young Artist competition and the Flute Society of Kentucky's Young Artist Competition.
As a featured clinician and soloist at schools across the US, Erica makes it her goal to create a spark and incite inspiration among her listeners. Whether it’s enlivening young children’s imaginations, creating nostalgic moments for adults, or completely altering someone’s perception of the flute, Erica believes that music education is less about educating and more about feeding the soul.
Erica’s primary studies have been with Jill Felber (ZAWA!), Christine Nield-Capote at the University of Miami and MaryAnn Archer, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Erica performs on a Muramatsu flute with a McKenna headjoint, a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint, and a Trevor James alto flute. She lives in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband, oboist Jason Sudduth, and their 6 year old daughter, Avery. www.ericapeel.com
Amanda Harberg, Collaborative Pianist
Amanda Harberg is a composer and pianist whose work communicates on emotional, spiritual and intellectual levels. With music described by the New York Times as “a sultry excursion into lyricism”, Harberg weaves her deep admiration for the classical tradition together with contemporary influences to create a distinctively personal style. The Flutist Quarterly has called her music “heartfelt, expressive, powerful and beautiful”, and composer John Corigliano says that her music “invigorates the brain and touches the soul”.
Harberg’s works have been presented at leading institutions including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Bargemusic. Her music has been recognized by awards such as a Fulbright Hays fellowship, Juilliard’s Peter Menin prize, New Jersey and New York State Council on the Arts fellowships, a MacDowell Colony summer residency, and a Newly Published Music award from the National Flute Association.
Recent commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around series, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Dorian Wind Quintet, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire, the Juilliard School, the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Program, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Recent consortium commissions include Harberg’s Sonata for Piccolo and Piano and her Court Dances for flute and piano. Her Concerto for Viola and Orchestra was recorded on Naxos American Classics in 2017, and has been performed by many orchestras around the world with violist Brett Deubner.
Harberg’s music is published by Theodore Presser Company, and has been recorded on Naxos, Koch International, American Modern Recordings, Albany and Centaur Records. She teaches at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. To find out more, please visit: http://amandaharberg.com/