2019 Guest Artist

Erica Peel

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 Although no longer active, In Sterio has released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake”, available on iTunes.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

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