Dr. Tabatha Easley
TABATHA EASLEY is the primary flute instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, having taught on the college level for ten years on a variety of college campuses. Dr. Easley currently subs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and freelances in the greater Richmond area. She has also served as principal flutist of the Charlottesville Symphony, subbed regularly with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and was also a member of the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra in Alaska. Her summer activities have included the Dogwood Dell festival, Skaneateles Chamber Festival, principal flutist of the Ash Lawn Opera Festival Orchestra, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and four summers at the Aspen Music Festival, two of which were as a Fellowship recipient in David Zinman’s American Academy of Conducting Orchestra.
Active in the National Flute Association, Dr. Easley was a 2006 winner in the Convention Performers Competition, has performed with the Professional Flute Choir, Fairbanks Flutists, and American Directors Ensemble at multiple conferences. Three summers ago she conducted a flute choir reading session of over 200 participants at the conference in Pittsburgh, PA introducing new works in the repertoire to other flute ensemble enthusiasts. Recently she took the VCU Flute Ensemble for their debut performance at the Mid Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, VA.
Dr. Easley holds a degree from the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.), where she was the first Alaskan to graduate with the Eastman doctoral degree. Other degrees include California State University at Long Beach (M.A.) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (B. Music Education and Performance). Her former teachers include Bonita Boyd, Michael Parloff, Martha Aarons, Dr. John Barcellona, and Dorli McWayne