Phone: (804) 828-6120
Office: James W. Black Music Center, Room 1007
TABATHA EASLEY is Assistant Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University, having taught on the college level for over ten years on a variety of college campuses. She currently subs with the Richmond, Williamsburg, and Virginia Symphonies and is the Director of Richmond Flute Fest. Dr. Easley has also served as principal flutist of the Charlottesville Symphony, subbed regularly with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Lancaster Symphony Orchestras, and was also a member of the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestras in Alaska. Her summer activities have included Dogwood Dell, Castleton, 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 professional organizations, Dr. Easley is the coordinator for the annual Collegiate Flute Choir Competition for the National Flute Association. She also took the Virginia Commonwealth University flute ensemble for their debut performance at the NFA conference in 2011. A member of the College Music Society, Dr. Easley gave two presentations at the CMS National Conference last year and will be presenting at CMS International in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July. Dr. Easley is a board member for the Flute Society of Washington, and has performed or presented annually at the MidAtlantic Flute Fair in Reston, VA for several years and was program chair for the 2009 conference.
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. Mus Ed. and Performance). Her former teachers include Bonita Boyd, Michael Parloff, Martha Aarons, Dr. John Barcellona, and Dorli McWayne.