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 succeeds Laurie Sokoloff in leading what is the only graduate piccolo program in the country.
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 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 teacher and clinician, Ms. Peel has been guest artist for the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Music School of Delaware’s FluteFest, the San Diego Flute Guild, the Los Angeles Flute Guild, the Luzerne Music Center, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, among others.
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 Muramastu flute with McKenna headjoint and a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint. She lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with her husband, oboist Jason Sudduth, and their daughter, Avery.
Photo: Carrie Lynn Schaffart