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 and authentic performances.
Erica 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, Omaha Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony and has been seen in performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Houston Symphony.
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. She has been invited to perform and judge at the National Flute Association’s Annual Conventions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2016. As a chamber musician, Erica has performed for the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Art of Elan.
As a Guest Artist, Erica has held recitals and masterclasses in New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She was also the featured artist and cover girl for the leading flute magazine Flute Talk (Jan 2018), as well as the online flute magazine The Flute View (Oct 2017).
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. 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, and with audio-visual elements, she has gained a sense of freedom in her playing that has lead her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. Although no longer active, In Sterio released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake” (CD/DVD), available on iTunes and CDbaby.
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 14K gold Miyazawa flute, 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.