Erica Peel joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as piccolo player at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. She enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer, and teacher. Prior to joining The Philadelphia Orchestra she was solo piccolo of the San Diego Symphony. 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.
Ms. Peel began her orchestral career as principal flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony and has most notably performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. She was also a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music-making, Ms. Peel has found a truly unique voice. As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, she has discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, Latin, world, electro, and jazz. Performing in these genres has empowered a sense of freedom in her playing and has led her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. With In Sterio she has released two albums of her works, Frequency and Awake, available on iTunes.Ms. Peel has been featured with the Omaha Symphony performing Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C major and was 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 universities and schools across the U.S., Ms. Peel 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, she believes that music education is less about educating and more about feeding the soul.
Ms. Peel’s primary studies were with Jill Felber, Christine Nield-Capote at the University of Miami, and Mary Ann Archer, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Peel performs on a 14K gold Miyazawa flute, a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint, and a Trevor James alto flute. She and her husband, oboist Jason Sudduth, have a young daughter, Avery.
Photo: Carrie Lynn Schaffart