Tabatha Easley is Associate Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Director of Richmond Flute Fest. Presenting concerts and masterclasses throughout the U.S., South America, Scandinavia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, and Egypt, she has also been a soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony, Astoria Sinfonia in New York, the Cole Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Orange County Arts High School Orchestra, Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, The University of Cauca Wind Ensemble in Popayán, Colombia, as well as Orchestra “EAFIT” in Medellín, Colombia.
In 2013, Easley cofounded the AarK Duo with percussionist Justin Alexander. Committed to presenting new works for flute and percussion, the Duo have commissioned and premiered new pieces by Valerie Coleman, John Griffin, and Marco Alunno. They have performed in Sweden and across the United States, and Sydney, Australia. Their first CD, Hair, Cloth and Thread, was released in April of 2017.
Active in several professional organizations, Easley is the Secretary for the National Flute Association after having served as Assistant Secretary for one year, and as the Collegiate Flute Choir Competition Coordinator for five years. College Music Society International Conferences have taken her to Finland, Sweden, Argentina and Australia. She has also performed at the Society of Composers Inc. National Conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference. Easley has also served on the board of directors for the Flute Society of Washington, and was the program chair for the MidAtlantic Convention in 2009.
Easley holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music; the first Alaskan to do so. She is also a contributing editor in Charles West’s 2016 publication, Woodwind Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More.