Flutist Erica Coutsouridis has performed in a diverse array of musical adventures, from military bands to orchestral settings, classical chamber music to nightclub jazz.
Before moving to Washington state in 2008, Erica served in Army Bands in Virginia, Kentucky, and Iraq. She has served as Principal Flute in Philharmonia Northwest and Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Seattle and has performed regularly on flute and piccolo in the Washington Army National Guard Band and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. She performed the Pacific Northwest premier of Charles R. Young’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with the Guard Band in July 2010 and performed it again in Iowa with the Coe College Concert Band the following spring.
Her flute and guitar ensemble, Duo Rubicund, released their CD Imaginary Landscapes in early 2011, featuring works of living American composers. Erica and Meredith Connie (guitar) formed the duo in 2008 and established themselves as innovative members of the Puget Sound arts community. The Duo performed in Las Vegas at the 40th Annual National Flute Association Convention in August 2012. They are also featured playing Latin American works on Meredith’s 2014 disc, Sol Y Sombras.
Although classically trained, Erica has explored jazz and other popular idioms on flute throughout the years, including with the resident Army Band jazz combos wherever she has been stationed. She is a founding member of Feverton, a ten-piece band playing original and highly danceable music with jazz, hip-hop, and funk elements.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a Masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, both in Flute Performance, with a minor in Piano Performance from Coe. She has studied with Jan Boland, Mary Posses, Renee Siebert, Zart Dombourian-Eby and Donna Shin, and has played for many other noted flutists at master classes.
Erica currently resides in Tacoma with her husband Chris, son George, and cat Bosco.