Piccoloist of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2017, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 2019, where she succeeded Laurie Sokoloff in leading what is the only graduate program in the country to offer a graduate performance diploma and master of music in piccolo performance.
At the age of 21, Ms. Peel began her orchestral career as principal flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony (associate principal/piccolo), the Omaha Symphony (piccolo), and the San Diego Symphony (piccolo), and she has most notably performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
Ms. Peel has been a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Independence Sinfonia, the Amerita Chamber Players, and the Poconos Youth Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she has performed with the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Art of Elan.
A sought-after clinician, Ms. Peel is an auxiliary teacher for the Juilliard School and has been a guest artist for the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Music School of Delaware’s FluteFest, the San Diego Flute Guild, and the Los Angeles Flute Guild, among others. She is on the faculties of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), the New York State Summer School of the Arts’s School of Orchestral Studies, the Luzerne Music Center, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival.
Ms. Peel’s primary studies were with Jill Felber (UCSB, ZAWA!), Christine Nield-Capote at the University of Miami, and MaryAnn Archer, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Peel performs on a Muramatsu flute with McKenna headjoint and a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint.